Today was lemonade weather. It was a steamy day perfect for a cold drink. Unfortunately the 1906 Berlin Cook Book does not contain a recipe for lemonade. Instead there is Miss G. Menzie’s recipe for Orangeade. Take note that it contains a raw egg.
I cut and squeezed one orange adding the juice to a tall glass, and then separated one medium egg. I beat the egg white just a little before adding it to the orange juice. Next I stirred in the two tablespoons of sugar. Finally I added 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of cold water. I stirred well and bravely took a taste.
Unfortunately Miss G. Menzie is one of the mystery women connected to this cook book. She doesn’t appear in the 1901 or 1911 censuses.
Miss Menzie’s Orangeade didn’t taste as horrible as I expected. It was incredibly sweet but the texture wasn’t gloopy like I’d expected. It was refreshing, although a plain glass of orange juice would have suited me better. I can imagine this would be good for someone who was sick since it would provide calories and some nutrition. I suspect this would please a fevered child on hot day far more than sips of hot broth. This is a bit like giving a sick child a popsicle — something I remember from enduring chicken pox in hot weather.
UPDATE: Thanks to Darryl Bonk of the Waterloo Generations website, I now know a lot more about Miss. G. Menzie. She is likely Margaret Gertrude Menzies. They missed the “s” in the cook book which turns out to make a difference since there are both Menzie and Menzies in the area. In the 1911 census 22 year old Gertrude Menzies lives with her parents John and Isabella Menzies in Galt (part of Cambridge Ontario today) on Market street. Father works as a driver and is listed as Scotch while mother is of Irish heritage. They are Presbyterian.
A drink relished in the hour of sickness.
To the juice of 1 orange, add the whites of 1 egg and 2 tablespoons sugar, then add 2 ounces of water.