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To Drink Cream Nectar, Imperial

11. cream nectar, imperial
(from Dr. Chase's Recipes; Or, Information for Every Body, by Dr. Alvin Wood Chase, 1865)


Syrup for Nectar...​
1 gallon of water​
8 lbs. loaf-sugar​
8 oz. tartaric acid​
1 oz. gum arabic​
4 tsp. flour​
4 egg whites​
1/2 pint of water​
3 tbsp. Nectar Syrup​
1/2 to 2/3 full glass of water​
1/3 tsp. super carbonate of soda​


First, take water 1 gal.; loaf sugar 8 lbs., tartaric acid 8 oz., gum arabic 1 oz.; put into a suitable kettle and place on the fire.​
Second, take flour 4 tea spoons; the whites of 4 eggs, well beaten together, with the flour, and add water 1/2 pt., when the first is blood warm put in the second, and boil 3 minutes, and it is done.​
DIRECTIONS: Three table-spoons of the syrup to a glass half or two-thirds full of water, and add one-third tea-spoon of super carbonate of soda, made fine; stir well, and drink at your leisure.​
★ In getting up any of the soda drinks which are spoken of, it will be found preferable to put about eight ounces of super carbonate, often called carbonate of soda, into one pint of water in a bottle, and shake when you wish to make a glass of soda, and pour of this into the glass until it foams well, instead of using the dry soda as directed.​