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Authentic Flavored Waters

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by donna, Jul 17, 2017 at 7:31 AM.

  1. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    Flavored waters were popular in 19th century. Mrs. Lettice Bryan has several in her book, "The Kentucky Housewife", 1839.

    Lemon Water

    Cut up a fine fresh lemon, and steep it for a short time in a glass of water; then drain off the water, and sweeten it lightly with loaf sugar. It is very cooling and refreshing to sick people.

    She also writes that Orange Water may be made in the same manner, and is also good.
     
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    Peach Water

    Mix two or three table-spoonfuls of peach marmalade or jelly with a little lemon juice, and a few bitter almonds or peach kernels, which have been pounded to a paste, and then dilute it to the proper strength with cold water.
     
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    We have always flavored our water during the dog days of summer as we need to Staty hydrated down south in the heat.the store shelves are now full of different flavors of water today as it is now another fad item.
     
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    Barley Water

    Take a quarter of a pound of common or pearl barley, and wash it clean. Put it in a sauce-pan, with two quarts of water, and boil it soft, or till the liquid is reduced to one-half; then strain it, dissolve in it while hot, enough liquorice to give it a strong flavor, and sweeten it to your taste with loaf sugar.
     
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    This is a bit strange,how old is the recipe.
     
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    The Barley Water recipe is from "The Kentucky Housewife" first published in 1839.
     
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    It does appear to be antiquated and I do not think it would be popular today except made with the health food people.
     
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    This today's version. Believe it or not, I kinda like it.
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    Flavored water = Sweet Tea!
    :D
    That's the kind I grew up on!
    My girlfriends at church love to put fruit and cucumbers in their water. I'm like really?
     
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    Fruit is good in water. Have had it that way many times.
     
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    There seems to be 1 ingredient missing in this Southern Delight:D
     
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    Lemon water is ok. Hey pretty much sugar free, so it has to be good. I have tried the Vitamin Water Zero, and it is not bad at all. I like some of their other flavors also. lemon water is pretty simple and it gets the job done, and is good besides.
     
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    Thanks for posting.
    I believe I'll have the Scotch Water, hold the water....
     
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    Is this the same method for making lemonade, Donna, or is it different?
     
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    Mrs. Bryan had a Lemonade Recipe in her book too.

    She wrote:

    "Take ripe lemons, roll them under your fingers on a table till they appear like they are full of juice; then squeeze the juice into a bowl, to each pint of which allow three pints of water; or if in summer, allow two and a half pints of water and a lump of ice equal to the other half pint. Sweeten it to your taste with loaf sugar, and serve it up in small glasses."

    It seems the recipes for Lemon Water and Lemonade are very similar. The one for lemonade has the ice. This is one of earliest lemonade recipes I have found.

    I hope Pat Young sees this as shows use of ice in 1839 and probably before.

    From. "The Kentucky Housewife" by Mrs. Lettice Bryan, 1839, page 387.
     
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    Mrs. Randolph had a recipe for Lemonade in her 1824 cookbook. I bumped thread on it.

    Lemon drinks were enjoyed from early times as reflected in recipes from both Mrs. Randolph and Mrs. Bryan.
     
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    Thanks! I'm making some orange water right now. It is so hard to avoid dehydration in the Texas summertime, especially when you are active outside.
     
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    My mother made lemon water in the summer, those days she would tend her garden in the sweltering Alabama sun. She likely did not know that the water, vital electrolytes and nutrients, which were found in the brew, saved her from heat stroke.
     
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    That is great to know. I'm going to start carrying it with me when I run.
     
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    I still don't understand what bumping a thread is. After you have bumped it, where do I find it?
     
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