Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Vintage Summer Libations And One of My Own

I love vintage magazines, especially of the homemaking variety.  I found these in one of my summer issues and thought they sounded worth a try.

From the 1925 issue of Better Homes and Gardens:

Ginger Cream
Into a glass of chilled ginger ale, add 2 tablespoons of cream, and 1 tablespoon of crystallized ginger, finely chopped.

Pineapple Smash
First make a simple syrup of:
1 cup sugar and 2 cups water, boiled for five minutes. Let cool.  Set aside.
1 pint grated pineapple
juice of 3 lemons
Remove one cup of pineapple syrup and add:
1 cup ice water
Freeze mixture until firm.
Chill remaining mixture.  Just before serving, strain into pitcher.  Add 1 pint of ginger ale, seltzer or ice water.  Serve this punch in tall glasses with a heaping spoonful of the pineapple slush in each glass.
Other suggestions from the same magazine:
Pineapple juice, crushed mint leaves, ice water and simple syrup to sweeten.
Brewed tea with orange and lemon juice added in equal portions along with simple syrup.

From my own file:
Penny's Pink Lemonade
1 cup water boiled with 1 cup sugar to form simple syrup.  Cool and pour into pitcher.
juice of 4 lemons and 4 cups of water.  Stir well. 

To make a single serving

Pour mixture over glass of crushed ice.  Add 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup to each glass.  Stir to blend into pink lemonade.  Leave as is for sunrise effect in the lemonade.

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