Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HFF #23: Sweet Sips or Potent Potables

The Challenge: Make a beverage.

The Receipt: Plain Lemonade (receipt #223) from Jerry Thomas's How to Mix Drinks

Cut in very thin slices 3 lemons, put them in a basin, add half a pound of sugar, either white or brown; bruise all together, add a gallon of water, and stir well. It is then ready. 

Date/Region: 1862, American

How did you make it: Half scale. Sliced three small lemons* into a mixing bowl, per the instructions, added 1 cup of granulated sugar and beat with a wooden spoon.  Stirred in 1/2 gallon of water.

*Not sure of the average size of lemons in the 1860s, so I'm just guessing that these are the appropriate size for a half-batch.

Time: Under 10 minutes

Cost: $1.50 for lemons; sugar on hand.

How successful was it: A light, not-to-sweet lemonade.  Quick and straight forward; would make again.

How accurate was it: Only potential issue is the average size of lemons in the 1860s.

Sliced lemons for 1860s lemonade.
Step 1
Sliced lemons bruised with sugar, for 1860s lemonade.
Step 2
Lemonade, from an 1862 recipe.
Step 3

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