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Authentic Lemonade

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by donna, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. donna

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    Many of the earliest Southern cookbooks included recipes for lemonade. One was the 1824 cookbook, "The Virginia Housewife" by Mary Randolph. She simply advised mixing freshly pressed lemon juice with water and sugar to taste. That wasn't much of a recipe but lemonade became very popular in the South.

    The key is a basic balance and smooth texture, and simple syrup made with regular granulated white cane sugar. Using a one-to-one ratio, simmer your sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear. Make sure the mixture does not boil. Allow the syrup to cool. and keep it refrigerated. Now that you have your syrup, juice a dozen very fresh, springy-feeling lemons, removing the seeds but keeping the pulp for texture and bursts of flavor. Mix in seven cups of filtered water and three cups of the syrup.

    You will find this so refreshing and certainly authentic Dixie lemonade.

    From: "The Southerner's Handbook", by David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun.
     
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  3. yankee hoorah

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    I'ma have to try that
     
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    Thanks Donna, I love lemonade! A nice reminder that warmer days are not that far ahead.
     
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    I decided to bump this thread on Lemonade. Mrs. Randolph had an earlier recipe than Mrs. Bryan. This one is from 1824. I had forgotten about this earlier recipe.
     
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  6. WJC

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    Thanks for posting.
    Interesting twist: we'll have to try this....
     
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    This one sounds good, I believe I could manage to make it without poisoning myself. The cane sugar would be my problem, if I could substitute it.
     
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    If making lemonade for Stonewall Jackson (or me), make it less sweet.
     
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  9. JPK Huson 1863

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    What a perfect summer image to wake up to, thank you! You wonder who first tried a lemon- then gave it another chance, with sugar, no?
     
  10. Cavalry Charger

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    YAY! You posted me a recipe for authentic Dixie lemonade :smile: So excited to try this, @donna ! So easy, too.
     
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