sonillaOne time back in the 90’s, I purchased a bottle of vanilla syrup and somehow the contents ended up mixed into my Diet Coke. I remember that night as if it were yesterday as my life changed forever. I thought I discovered something unique. But as I told people about my find, most of the older folks said: “oh yeah, a vanilla Coke.”

Soon both and Coke and Pepsi released a line of flavored drinks, which continues today. But there is nothing like a freshly made “vanilla (Diet) Coke” made with a nice vanilla syrup.

Now combining my love of vanilla syrup with my ever increasing fascination with the products of the Sonoma region of California – and you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover the Sonoma Syrup Co.

About Sonoma Syrup Co.: “Founded in 2002 by Karin Campion, Sonoma Syrup Co. is steeped in the regions culinary tradition of naturally derived, high quality flavors and healthful ingredients. Handcrafted in small batches, the uniquely American syrups and extracts reflect the flavors and sensibility of the region.”

Sonoma Syrup Co. has many great products available and their website includes recipes and uses for the various syrups and extracts they sell.

I love how the Vanilla Bean syrup is described: “Working with plantation owners and growers, we produce the finest quality premium Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla beans, ripened on the vine and carefully cured for us. Blended like a fine wine, complete with vanilla bean seeds, the classic vanilla flavors and floral taste notes produce unsurpassed taste and aroma. Historically used as an aphrodisiac, the varietal Vanilla Infused Syrup reflects the terroir of each region creating a robust, floral and aromatic sweet vanilla vintage flavor.”

Pass the Diet Coke please!