Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lemons and Lemonade

Many thanks to Aussie Therese for the "Making Lemonade" Award! You are so sweet, Therese!

This one is all about attitude; you know ~ taking lemons and making lemonade. This award, I have to admit, especially pleases me, because I'm very proud of the lemonade we make around here. And I won't even talk about the lemons rolling around our ankles, because that would surely counteract the sugar I keep piling in. &:o)

I'm pleased to pass this award along to some bloggers that always brighten my day with their unique and positive takes on life!

Marie and Ginny at View From the Pews
Cathy at A Bit of the Blarney
Terrie at Mama of Many
Aubrey at Prosapia Vita
Mighty Mom over at My Wonderful Life

Just For Fun
The History of Lemonade

(From here)

Lemonade recipes are among the earliest beverage recipes. History records that honey-sweetened lemonade was sold by licensed vendors on the streets of Paris as early as 1676, and it became a favorite beverage throughout Europe.In Canada and the U.S. lemonade was the most popular refreshment in the early 1800s. Not only was lemonade served in homes, but it was the preferred refreshment at sports events, church picnics, and other public gatherings.

In 1838, a French perfume dealer by the name of Eugene Roussel operated a small shop in Philadelphia and sold soda water as a means of extending his trade. Seeking a way to improve the taste of the beverage, he created carbonated lemonade by dissolving sugar in water flavored with lemon juice and adding it to soda water.

Roussel is credited with being the first to discover that sweetened fruit flavorings could only be added to carbonated water as concentrated syrups during bottling to avoid lessening the carbonation and to avoid unwanted fermentation, as the boiling of the syrup killed any wild yeast spores or bacteria present in the fruit juice. Roussel's "lemon soda" became the first fruit-flavored soft drink to be bottled and sold in North America.

Below are several vintage lemonade recipes taken from the days of the old-time pharmacy soda fountain. Some lemonades are made in the basic style while others are fancier, calling for flavored fountain syrups and carbonated water (soda water). You are sure to find a recipe for old-fashioned lemonade that perfectly suits your taste.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipes
These vintage lemonade recipes are taken from "The Dispenser's Formulary or Soda Water Guide" compiled by the editorial staff of The Soda Fountain, published by D. O. Haynes & Co., New York, in 1915.Carbonated water (soda water) can be found in the soft drink section of most food stores.

Old-Fashioned Lemonade
If you're looking for the best recipe for fresh squeezed lemonade, this is it.
Old-fashioned lemonade is still a great favorite with many individuals. To make it at the fountain counter place 2 tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar in a 12-ounce glass one-half full of crushed ice. Now cut a lemon in two, slice each section in two or three pieces, add the juice of the lemon and fill the glass with plain ice-cold water. Shake throughly, pour from shaker into glass, and serve with straws. It should be observed that some patrons object to a too great abundance of ice.

Soda Lemonade
Juice of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoonful powdered sugar, 4 ounces soda water (seltzer water), 2 ounces shaved ice. Stir vigorously in a shaker with a spoon, strain into a 12-ounce glass, fill the glass with seltzer (soda) water and stir with a spoon.

(The following two are not vintage)

Lemonade Punch
20 oz frozen raspberry in syrup
12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
46 oz pineapple juice
64 oz chilled 7-up or Sprite

Place raspberries and lemonade in blender, process till smooth. Strain into punch bowl. Discard seeds. Stir in pineapple juice. Just before serving, add soda.

Grown-up's Party Frozen Lemonade
Frozen lemonade
1 cup vodka
6 cups ice
8 strawberries
1 can frozen lemonade
Throw it all in the blender, mix and enjoy. Serves: 4

** I don't know about you, but all this talk about lemonade has made me really homesick for summer! My mouth is watering for a glass of frosty lemonade in the shade of our back yard cottonwood tree, with clothes hanging on the line and little ones running through the sprinkler...
How many more days do we have?


MightyMom said...

THANK YOU!! that's a really sweet award and it just tickles me to death.

My hubby drinks only lemonaide and coffee. Here's our recipe.

1 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar or splenda
6.5 cups ice water

stir, chill

it's so easy. this comes out a bit strong for me, I take it as a base and usually cut it 3/4 lemonaide and 1/4 water in the glass. :-)

I'll have some fun with this award in a few days' time.

Laura said...

That is a very nice award. Thank you very much.

SuzyQ said...

Mmmmm I love proper old fashioned lemonade :0)

Thankyou so much for this award! You are definatly very deserving of it. Your writing always brightens my day. :0)

GrandmaK said...

Thank you. Will post it and pass it on next week after the Novena for Life!! You are too nice! Cathy

Aubrey said...

Thanks, I'm flattered! :)

I'll pass this on in a few days! Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving comments--it's so nice to see who has been there.

God bless!

Bia said...

Wow. Aren't you the Lemonade Queen? Down here there is this festival that makes the best lemonade: it involveds an entire lemon per cup, add about a cup of sugar, use a wooden masher to cream it together,finally, add water. It's the most perfect combination of sweet (from the cup of sugar, you see) and tart...can't wait until summer.

Grazie for the award!

Marie said...

WOW! Thank YOU Lisa how kind of you. Now I have a confession in that I prefer OJ I am not a very lemon person but I do appreciate this Award. Many, many thanks to you:).

Peace, JOY & Love to you:)

Marie xoxoox PS: I could jump through your header..Yesterday it was 105 F degrees here..Send me some snow please EXPRESS! LOL.