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Anna Elizabeth Henry

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I'm digging through the Food Forum and found this one that is a period punch from @donna -

"Tea Punch" from, "The Kentucky Housewife" cookbook, 1839. It was the first recipe for chilled tea that appeared in the United States

Make a pint and a half of very strong tea in the usual manner; strain it, and pour it boiling on one pound and a quarter of loaf sugar. Add half pint of rich sweet cream, and stir in gradually a bottle of claret or of champaign. You may heat it to the boiling point, and serve it so, or you may send it round entirely cold, in glass cups.
https://civilwartalk.com/threads/tea-punch.74765/#post-499291
 

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Here are some links to various forum posts with beverages that don't contain alcohol -

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/two-beverages-from-louise-ludlow-dudley.93193/#post-771752

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/be...arley-water-and-rice-water.80679/#post-591365

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/autumn-spiced-cider.127330/#post-1390010

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/co...tery-newsletter-lemonade.125139/#post-1345406


It seems most Civil War era recipes were chock full of brandy and wine - sorry! I have Mrs. Beeton's book on hand, but 95% of her beverage recipes call for brandy or wine!

Paging @Albert Sailhorst and @donna who may be more versed in the drinks of the era than myself!
 

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Lemonade cooled down by “hail-stones”...Shaved ice with fruit flavors would be nice as well. Could have them set out in little cups/spoons. Cider would be good.

For noms? What about those little slices of bread, spread with butter, cucumber slice and a bit of dill. Pickles in the snack/whole size? Relishes that could be put on toast points comes to mind as well.

Good luck!
 
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  • Chilled Apple Cider Punch

  • ½ gallon (8 cups) apple cider
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles ginger beer***
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Ice
  • ***Today's brewed ginger beers are categorized as non-alcoholic drinks because their alcohol content is less than 0.5 percent, which meets FDA requirements. Since ginger beers are naturally fermented, they have less carbonation and often develop a beer-like head when poured into a glass. Ginger beer often has much more of a "gingery" flavor and because it's fermented, is less carbonated.

  • Rum, optional
  • Cinnamon stick or anise optional
    1. Add the apple cider and orange juice to a pitcher or punch bowl.
    2. Add the ginger beer, sliced apple and sliced orange to the pitcher right before serving.
    3. Serve over ice.
    4. Add rum to taste if using.
  • You can switch the orange juice out for another type of juice if you prefer like pomegranate juice or cranberry juice for example.

  • TRIVIA: Many relic hunters and collectors have one or more “Ginger Beer” bottles in their collection. Such bottles are often found in trash pits near Union and Confederate Civil War camps. The bottles were also common Civil War period crockery, often used by civilian home brewers to make homemade Ginger Beer.
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Lemonade cooled down by “hail-stones”...Shaved ice with fruit flavors would be nice as well. Could have them set out in little cups/spoons. Cider would be good.

For noms? What about those little slices of bread, spread with butter, cucumber slice and a bit of dill. Pickles in the snack/whole size? Relishes that could be put on toast points comes to mind as well.

Good luck!
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