Vintage Recipe Thursday – Old Fashioned Lemonade

from the Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery – Volume Five

“Next to water, no other drink is so refreshing nor quenches the thirst to so great an extent as lemonade. Lemonade is suitable for many occasions, and as lemons can be purchased at any time of the year it can be made at almost any season. The lemon sirup prepared for this beverage may be used as desired, for if it is put in a cool place it will keep for a long time. The more the sirup is boiled down, the better will it keep. A tablespoonful or two of glucose or corn sirup added to such mixtures when they are boiled will help to keep them from crystallizing when they stand.

(Sufficient to Serve Six)

1 c. sugar
1 qt. water
1/2 c. lemon juice

Make a sirup by boiling the sugar and water for a few minutes, and set aside to cool. Add the lemon juice and then dilute with ice water to suit the taste. Serve in glasses and garnish each one with a slice of lemon or a red cherry.

ORANGEADE – While not so acid in flavor as lemonade, orangeade is also a delightful drink. On warm days, drinks of this kind should take the place of the hot ones that are generally used during the cold weather.

(Sufficient to Serve Six)

3/4 c. sugar
1 qt. water
1/2 c. orange juice
3 Tb. lemon juice

Make a sirup of the sugar and 1 cupful of the water. Allow this to become cool and then add the fruit juices and the remaining water. Pour into glasses and garnish each glass with a slice of orange, a red cherry, or a fresh strawberry.

GRAPE LEMONADE – An excellent combination in the way of a beverage is lemonade and grape juice. Besides adding flavor to the lemonade, the grape juice gives it a delightful color.

(Sufficient to Serve Six)

1 qt. lemonade
1 c. grape juice

Prepare the lemonade in the manner explained above. Add the grape juice to the lemonade and stir well. Serve ice cold in glasses.

PINEAPPLE LEMONADE – Another variation of lemonade is produced when pineapple juice is added to it. To garnish this beverage, a slice of lemon and a spoonful of grated pineapple are generally used. This pineapple beverage is delightful with wafers or small cakes as refreshments for informal social affairs during hot weather.

(Sufficient to Serve Six)

1 c. water
3/4 c. sugar
3 c. ice water
1 c. juice from canned pineapple
3 lemons

Make a sirup of the water and sugar, and set aside to cool. Add the ice water, the pineapple juice, and the juice of the lemons. Stir well, strain, and serve. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a spoonful of grated pineapple added to each glass.

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