Authentic Beverages: Confederate Hospital Lemonade, Barley Water and Rice Water

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These are beverages served to patients at the Confederate hospitals during the War. They are from book "A Taste For War" by William C. Davis.

Confederate Hospital Lemonade

"Squeeze the juice from one lemon, and add to 2 pints of water. Stir in 1 1/2 ounces of sugar."

Confederate Hospital Barley Water

"In 5 pints of water, mix 2 ounces of sugar and 2 ounces of very finely ground barley."

Confederate Hospital Rice Water

"In 5 pints of water, combine 2 ounces of sugar and 2 ounces of finely ground rice flour."
 

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Wow. This is 'barley" anything. Don't they make 'naked' drinks? So this is "barely" or naked lemonade?

Of course, my mom used to make chili using 1/4 lb of beef, can of kidney beans, 55 gallon drum of water and chili powder to taste!
 

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Here is another recipe for the sick.

Confederate Hospital Toast Soup

"Toast a 1/4 pound slice of bread gently until it reaches a uniform light yellow color, and then place it near an open fire. When it reaches the color of brown chocolate, put it in a pitcher and pour over it 3 pints of boiling water. Remove from heat and cover. When it is cold, strain; it is now ready for use. A piece of apple, slowly toasted until it is black, can be added to make a refreshing drink."

What they say is refreshing doesn't seem so to me.

This from book, " A Taste for War". Author writes in footnotes it from "Regulations for the Medical Department of the Confederate States Army."
 



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