Combine 1 cup of water with the sugar in a medium saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add . Boil over medium-high heat, until the sugar dissolves. Let syrup cool before stirring in the vanilla extract. In a large pitcher or bowl, combine with soda water, stirring gently to combine.
*Cherry-Cream Soda: Add 1 packet of cherry kool-aid and 1/2 teaspoons almond extract for a beautiful, bright red soda/.