The Pioneers Beer

Here you have it–Beer is a good family drink. Make it by the pail and if they drink rapidly-no worries about bottling.  From the Antique Cookbook, Bertha Barnes, 1974

Ice Cream Soda

Today was warmish for our area. It put me in mind of summer and an ice cream soda with Old fashioned goodness seemed just right. This recipe comes from a 1968 advertising leaflet from Hershey’s-Chocolate Town Classics.

You see, back in about 1958 they created a powder “Hershey’s Instant” which is rather like Nestle Quik…except it had some issues with not dissolving easily (note the instructions on mixing powder with milk) and people liked Quik better. They attempted to revamp it in the 80s but it is long gone from the supermarket shelves. While this recipe uses that no longer available product-you could substitute Nestle Quik or Hershey’s Syrup just fine. Another option would be to use the Scharffen Berger sweetened cocoa mix-in that case-use the milk/dissolving instructions. Note the serving size is way smaller than today’s “scoop” of ice cream and enjoy without guilt.

Ice Cream Soda

3 heaping teaspoons HERSHEY’S INSTANT
2 tablespoons milk
1 scoop vanilla ice cream (about 1/3 cup)
Chilled soda water to fill glass

COMBINE…the HERSHEY’S INSTANT with the milk in a tall 12-oz glass.

ADD…the ice cream and fill slowly with the soda water, stirring gently to mix.

Yield: 1 serving

Beach Boy Punch

The oldest daughter up and got married last spring. Then she moved to Hawaii! That is pretty far away and we miss her. We also are unmoved by her grumbles when it rains and she has “bad weather.” Hello child. Your moms live in Illinois. A little rain and 75? Oh well.

I thought of her though when I saw this recipe–even though I can’t imagine what is “Beach Boy” about it. It sounds just like the Cranberry Holiday punch my mother served to “the kids” and the church ladies when I was a child. She threw some fresh oranges on top and froze some oranges and cranberries in the ice ring though.

Beach Boy Punch

Mix 1 quart cranberry juice, juice of two lemons, and 1 pint orange juice; pour into punch bowl over cake of ice. Add two quarts chilled ginger ale. Makes about 4 quarts.

Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cookbook, 1959

Hot Russian Tea

Oh, around the first kid pick up from school this year, I learned that my children…at least some of them were clueless about Tang. How could that be? Astronauts drink it! Kids drink it! I was sure I had served it to them at some point. Maybe I had. I confidently added it to the grocery list. The girl child will drink buckets of Trop-50. Surely Tang will suit. Well, no one liked it when I finally made a pitcher. Not only that…they have artificial sweeteners in it now! (which means I won’t drink it because I have a nasty reaction to one of them so have sworn off all of them) Why do such a thing to my beloved Tang? I tried adding it to a pitcher of sweet tea but the kids grew instantly suspicious and wouldn’t drink it.

I haven’t tried making Hot Russian Tea with it. Who knows how crushed my heart will be to learn they hate it that way too? I mean my best friend Beth Carey and I would hot foot it up to the neighborhood holiday “craft sale” to purchase a 1/4 cup of the mix for 50 cents. I now realize that the neighborhood association cleaned up on our purchases of that and other goofy stuff.

Hot Russian Tea

1 7-oz jar of tang
1 cup Instant tea
1 1/4 cup sugar, granulated
1 tsp cloves, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of salt

Blend ingredients together well. Use heaping teaspoon of blended ingredients per cup of boiling water. Garnish with slices of lemon.