Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cool Beverages from 1949

Warm weather seems to be here to stay, so I thought I'd share some beverage recipes from Meta Given's The Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking.

Cider Cooler

Put 1 cup chilled cider, 1 tsp. sugar, pinch salt and 1 large scoop vanilla ice cream into mixing bowl and beat until ice cream is half melted. Serve at once. Makes 1 serving.

Coffee Cooler

Put 1 cup fresh strong coffee into mixing bowl. Add pinch of salt, 3 to 4 scoops vanilla ice cream and 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoon sugar. Beat until ice cream is half melted. Serve at once. Makes 1 serving.

Lemon Shake

Put 3 cups chilled buttermilk , 1/2 cup cold lemon juice, pinch of salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. lemon rind, 2 small scoops ice cream into mixer. Shake or beat thoroughly. Serve at once with a dash of ginger. Makes about 1 quart.

Fruit Buttermilk

1 1/2 cups canned fruit juice or juice from canned fruit
3 tablespoons sugar, or suit to taste
3 cups chilled buttermilk

Combine all ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve well chilled. Will not curdle on standing. 4 to 5 servings.

Red cherry, apricot, pineapple, peach, and grape juice all combine well with buttermilk; or mixed juices may be used. The addition of a little lemon juice is often desirable to pep up the flavor of bland fruit juices.

Grape Lemonade

1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar or sweeten to taste
1 1/4 cups chilled grape juice
1 3/4 cups ice water
1/4 tsp. grated lemon rind

Remove seeds from lemon and orange juices, but do not strain. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add remainder of the ingredients. Place 2 tablespoons of crushed ice in each 8 ounce glass and fill with lemonade. Garnish with a lemon slice over the rim of each glass and add a marachino cherry. 5 servings.

Try this warm weather menu we have on OFL: