414 REFRESHING DRINKS.
Lemonade.—The juice of lemon 4 oz., lemon peel one-half oz., white sugar 4 oz., boiling water three pints; let stand till cold, then strain, a little sweet spirits of nitre may be added ; diluted if wished. Suit the taste of th<? patient. Excellent drink for the kidneys.
Lemonade, Italian.—Pare and press 2 dozen lemons, pour the juice on the peels and let it remain on them all night; in the morning add 2 lb. of loaf sugar, 1 quart of good sherry, and 3 quarts of boiling water. Mix well, add a quart of boiling milk, and strain through a jelly bag till clear.
Sour Sup.—A West Indian fruit of a tree of the same as the custard apple, which grows in the West Indies. It is a large fruit, often weighing 2 or 3 lbs., the pulp of which is white and succulent, sweet with an agreeable acidity. It is pleasant and refreshing, and a drink of the pulp cut up in ice water is as refreshing, as delicious, and equal if not superior to lemonade.
Flax Seed Tea.—Boil 2 tablespoonfuls of flax seeds in 3 pints of water till reduced to 1 pint, then strain off. It may be sweetened with honey or liquorice, and made acid with vinegar or squeezing into it a little lemon juice. It is best to tie the seeds up in a bag, put it into a teapot, add boiling water, let it steep by a fire or on a stove for a while and then set it away to cool.
Various Sorts of Tea.—Tea made of balm, mint, sage or cowslip is often found refreshing. Balm tea is most cooling, mint the most soothing to the bowels, sage or marigold the most reviving, and cowslip has rather a composing tendency. To have them nice, they should be made of fresh herbs and often.
Dr. Huffland's Drink for Fevkr Patients, or Excessive Thirst.—Boil till dissolved in 3 quarts of water, 1-2 oz. of cream of tartar. Remove from the fire, then add a sour orange sliced, adding from 1 1-2 to 3 oz. of white sugar, according to the taste of the patient ; bottle closely and keep in a cool dry place. It is a most healthful drink.
Drink for Fever.—Boil 3 oz. of currants and 2 oz. of raisins, carefully stoned, and 1 1-2 oz. of tamarinds in 3 pints of water till it is reduced to a quart; strain it, add a piece of lemon peel and let it stand for an hour, when it is fit for use.
Fever Drink.—Very nice.—Boil together 2 oz. stoned raisins, 3 oz. cranberries, 1 1-2 oz. of tamarinds, in 3 pints of water till reduced to 2 pints. Strain and add a piece of fresh lemon peel and let it remain for 30 minutes then take it out.
Fever Draught.—Put into a jar a few sprigs of balm, fennel and sage cleanly washed. Slice the pulp of a lemon, grate in a little of the peel, pour over it 3 pints of boiling water, and cork it tight for use.