These non alcoholic summer drink recipes make delicious beverages, real thirst quenchers for the entire family to enjoy. Generations ago, chilled refreshments were enjoyed in the warm summer weather by people of all ages.
Wholesome beverages called for seasonal fruits and other all-natural ingredients. If blocks of ice were still available beneath the sawdust in the log ice-house, the drinks were served chilled. You can easily prepare the homemade beverages that your ancestors enjoyed.
Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)
Stick cinnamon, 1 inch; blanched almonds, 1/4 pound; rich milk or light cream, 1 quart; rose water, 1 tablespoonful; sugar to taste.
Crunch cinnamon stick and almonds with a rolling pin. Add to milk or cream. Sweeten to taste. Place in top of double boiler and bring slowly to boiling point; strain through a fine sieve.
Chill and serve in small cups or tumblers as an afternoon beverage. Deep Southerners still favor this old Colonial beverage.
Almonds, 1 pound; sugar, 1 cup; boiling water, 2 quarts; almond flavoring, 2 tablespoonfuls.
Blanch almonds in boiling water, and remove skins. Allow to dry thoroughly and pound until fine in mortar, a few at a time, or grind fine in nut grinder. Combine almonds, sugar, and water.
Bring to boiling point and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Strain into pitcher and cool. Stir in almond flavoring.
Cover and chill thoroughly. Makes 2 quarts. Dilute with water to taste, and serve chilled. (Add brandy only if desired.)
Squeeze half a lemon into a 12-ounce glass, add a little cracked ice, and two ounces of simple syrup. Arrange green mint leaves in the glass, in the good old Southern style, and then fill the glass with apple cider.
Sprinkle a little grated nutmeg on the surface before serving. Freshly made cider is preferable as an ingredient in this feature. A good fall beverage.
Pearl barley, 2 ounces; cold water, 1-1/2 pints; l lemon; sugar, 2 tablespoonfuls. Peel off 2 or 3 pieces of lemon rind, a bit larger than a quarter. Put barley into saucepan; add water and lemon peel.
Simmer for an hour; strain liquid into jug. Extract juice from lemon, and add, with sugar, to barley water. Cool.
Before serving, dilute to taste, add sugar if desired, and ice. A great favorite with children of great-grandmother's day, this beverage should not be stored more than a few days.
Slice three large pippin apples, or another variety of apples, and pour over them a pint of boiling water, set in a cool place, when perfectly cold, sweeten it to the taste, and add ice, but only if preferred.
Mint leaves, finely chopped, 1/2 cup; tartaric acid, 1 teaspoonful; white sugar, 1/2 cup, or to taste; water, 2 cups.
Mix ingredients thoroughly, strain mixture through a cloth and squeeze out any excess juice from pulp, and add water to make 6 cups. Chill.
Buckeye Cookery and Practical Housekeeping (1877)
Wash ripe fruit (strawberries, currants, pineapples, cherries, or raspberries), and pass first through a coarse sieve and then through a cloth; to every quart juice add a quart water, sweeten to taste by mixing thoroughly with powdered sugar, bottle, and surround with ice, serve in wineglasses.
Pineapples must be grated before straining. Grapes, especially the Catawba and Scuppernong variety, are excellent for this purpose, and even the wild fox grape may be used. They must be mashed, and the juice washed out with water.
2 pounds of lump sugar, 3 quarts water, 1/2 ounce citric acid and 1 teaspoon of fresh essence of lemon, 1 ounce burnt sugar. Boil sugar and water five minutes, allow it to cool, then add the citric acid, lemon essence, and burnt sugar. Strain and bottle.
This lemon drink will keep good for several weeks. The sugar must not be burnt too dark a color.
6 large teaspoons black currant jam, 1 pint of boiling water. Pour the water over the jam, stir well, and stand until cold. Strain if necessary.
Aunt Babette's Cook Book (1889)
A delicious summer drink is prepared in the following manner: Crush a quart of ripe strawberries, pour a quart of water over them, and add the juice of two lemons.
Let this stand about two hours, then strain over a pound of sugar, stir until the sugar is dissolved, and then set upon ice. You may add one tablespoonful of rose water. Serve with chopped ice.
Take four large, juicy oranges and six tablespoonfuls of sugar. Squeeze the oranges upon the sugar, add a very little water, and let them stand for fifteen minutes; strain and add pounded ice and water.
Lee's Priceless Recipes (1895)
One quart strawberries (fully ripe), 1 lemon, 1 orange, 3 pints water, 1 pound sifted sugar; mash the strawberries through a sieve; add juice of lemon and orange and the water, and work together; let stand 2 hours; put the sugar into a bowl and strain the juice over it, stirring till sugar is dissolved; stand on ice before serving; a delicious drink.
Boil in 3 pints water 6 or 8 green stalks rhubarb and 4 ounces raisins or figs; when the water has boiled 1/2 hour, strain and mix it with 1 teaspoonful rose water, and orange or lemon syrup to taste. Drink it cold.
4 pomegranates, 1/2 pound of pounded loaf sugar, 1 pint of water, the juice of 2 limes. Put the red pips of the fruit into a basin with the sugar, bruise all together, pour over the water, then the lime juice, and strain several times through muslin.
A good orange, a few drops of essence of cloves, ditto peppermint, 3 or 4 lumps of sugar, a tumblerful of ice.
Fresh lime, ice water, loaf sugar, a little liqueur (optional). Squeeze the juice from the limes, strain it, and add pounded sugar to taste, and a little flavoring of liqueur, if liked.
Put a little of this mixture in a glass, and fill up with water. All the cups, such as champagne and claret cup, are improved by the introduction of slices of fresh fruit, such as apricots or pineapple.
One large ripe pineapple, 1 pint of boiling simple syrup, juice of 1 lemon. Peel the pineapple, slice, and mash it well in a basin, then pour on the simple syrup and lemon juice; stir well and cover. Let it stand 2 hours, then filter through a fine sieve, and add a quart of chilled water.
One pound of raisins, 3 lemons, 2 pounds of loaf sugar, 2 gallons of boiling water. Cut the peel of the lemon very thin, pour upon it the boiling water, and, when cool, add the strained juice of the lemons, the sugar, and the raisins, stoned and chopped very fine.
Let it stand for a few hours, stir, then strain it through a jelly bag and bottle it for present use.
The White House Cook Book (1913)
Take one cupful of ripe, hulled berries; crush with a wooden spoon, mixing with the mass a quarter of a pound of pulverized sugar and half a pint of cold water.
Pour the mixture into a fine sieve, rub through and filter till clear; add the strained juice of one lemon and one and a half pints of cold water, mix thoroughly and set in ice chest till wanted.
This makes a nice, cool drink on a warm day and is easily made in strawberry season.
Second Edition of the Neighborhood Cook Book (1914)
A refreshing summer beverage, which brings an involuntary grace to one's lips as it is quaffed, is a fruit punch in which the pineapple plays an important part.
Put into a bowl the juice of three lemons, two oranges sliced and seeded, one grated pineapple and one cup sugar.
Let stand for one hour to extract the juice, then press and strain. Add to this juice two quarts of iced water and two slices of shredded pineapple, and serve.
Dr. Chase's Third, Last and Complete Receipt Book (1891)
Mash a few currants, and pour on them a little water, strain, sweeten, and add sufficient cold water to suit the taste.
The juice of grapes, blackberries, raspberries, etc., pressed out without mashing the seeds, adding water, 1 pint, and sugar, 1/2 pound for each pint of the juice; then boil a few minutes, skimming if any sediment or scum rises, and bottling while hot, corking tightly, and keeping in a dry, cool place, gives a wine that no one would object to, if iced when drank.
Remarks. —They are nourishing, satisfying to the thirst, and not intoxicating, because there has been no fermentation. Made of grapes, this wine is in every way suitable for Communion. —Dr. Chase