The American Pictorial Home Book
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roots and 2 gallons of water, and boil them down to 3 quarts, add 5 pounds of crushed sugar and 1 pint of best brandy. To 60 gallons thus prepared add 3 pounds of allspice and 2 pounds each of cassia and cloves. The smaller roots are much better than the larger ones on account of their possessing superior astringent qualities.
—Mash 1 pint of raspberries, strawberries, cherries or mulberries in the juice of 2 lemons, a pint of water and as much syrup as will sweeten it to taste; strain through a lawn sieve.
A Delightful and Refreshing Beverage.—Sliceand put into a pitcher 2 rich, juicy oranges and 1 lemon with 2 ozs. of sugar candy, then pour over them 2 pints of boiling water; with a silver spoon stir the mixture now and then till cold. This drink for patients is often directed by the physician. It is always good in warm weather, and is excellent for persons in health.
Cherry Drink.—Remove the stems and stones from 1 pound of plump, ripe, juicy cherries, then put them in a stew pan containing a pint of boiling syrup, and boil them rapidly for 10 or 12 minutes ; remove them from the fire and pour in a gill of sherry or Madeira wine and 2 pints of boiling water, then pour the whole into a pitcher and set a saucer or cup over it; when cool, strain it, and it is then ready for use. If not fancied, the wine need not be added.
Note—Mulberries may be substituted for the cherries, u-ing a little lemon juice with the mulberries.
Russian Harvest Drink.—Cold black tea with sugar and lemon juice enough to make it pleasant. It is as safe as invigorating. It should be of the same temperature as the atmosphere. It at once invigorates and gives tone to the system. The acid increases the action of the liver and cools the system, while the sugar nourishes and supports the body.
Tar Water.—1 gallon of water, 2 pints of pure tar. Stir with a wooden rod till thoroughly mixed, then strain and keep the liquid in well-stopped bottles. It is frequently used as a remedy for bron­chitis. It acts as a stimulant, raising the pulse, increasing the dis­charge of the skin and kidneys. Take from 1 to 2 pints daily.
West Indian Saugaree—Dissolve 4 ounces of sugar in a large wineglass of lime juice, grate into it 1-2 nutmeg; add 1 quart of cold water, a little Madeira and 1-4 pint of brandy. A lump of ice renders the saugaree perfect.
Mint Julep.—Take 3 or 4 young sprigs of mint, fresh gathered, and put in a tumbler, fill it 1-2 with sherry, put some pounded ice in a second tumbler and pour the mint and sherry over it, rapidly transferring the liquor several times from one tumbler to another; finally place the tumbler a minute on ice till the frozen particles form over the top.