Thursday, July 01, 2010

Apple Lemonade from Stars and Stripes Picnic

This is a greeting card from 1907, pictured in my Southern Heritage Southern Living Celebrations volume, Fourth of July chapter.  There are several suggested menus for the big day, including the Stars and Stripes Picnic. The menu for that is:
Golden Fried Chicken
Corn on the Cob
Dill Pickles
Picnic Rolls
Pickled Peaches
Watermelon Fruit Basket
Stars and Stripes Blueberry Cake (coming tomorrow)
Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peppermint Stick Ice Cream
Apple Lemonade

Sounds pretty good - but I don't know about pickled peaches. Anyone like those or another pickled fruit? Also, how would you transport all that food? Another vintage cookbook I have suggests that a whole turkey is great picnic fare. Not if you are the one carrying it. And how would you carve?

The lemonade was new to me. Try this:
Apple Lemonade
2 1/2 quarts apple juice
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
Ice Cubes
Lemon slices (optional)
Fresh mint leaves (optional)
Combine juices and sugar; stir until sugar dissolves.  Chill thoroughly, and serve over ice.  Garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves, if desired.  Yield:  about 12 cups.


Janean said...

This is new to me too. I am going to try this also. Can't wait to see blueberry cake it sounds yummy!!

Rochelle R. said...

My grandma used to serve pickled crabapples with holiday dinners. You could buy them in glass jars. I don't think they make them anymore as I tried to find some for Thanksgiving but no luck.
The lemonade sounds good. I bet kids would like it.