May 1, 2013 17:33 Orange & Vanilla Soda Orange & Vanilla Soda Thomas Register May 01, 2013 Comments Orange & Vanilla Soda Recipe is by Thomas Register, beverage specialist with Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, New Orleans. Zest from 5 oranges 3 vanilla pods, sliced down the middle 6 cups water 1 cup sugar 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the orange zest with the vanilla in 4 cups of the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the sugar. Cover and let syrup steep off the heat until cool, about 2 hours. 2. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the peel and vanilla. Stir in the remaining 2 cups of water. Refrigerate until chilled. 3. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Make ahead: The recipe can be prepared through Step 2; refrigerate up to 5 days.