Easy to make recipes for fruit drinks, including orangeade, lemonade and honey & apple water, ‘receipt book’ finds, for drinking cool or chilled in summer.
Infusions of citrus flavours and sharp apples can all be added to plain cold drinking water with other ingredients in these summery fruit drinks for serving over ice in summer.
Orangeade and lemonade are classic summer drinks to enjoy outdoors at a picnic, on an apartment terrace or decking or in a smaller drinks bottle on the move.
- 4 large oranges
- 1 pint cold water
- 2 tablespoonfuls sugar
- Squeeze the juice from the oranges into a bowl.
- Add the sugar and water into a bowl.
- Allow the liquid to stand in bowl at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Strain into a serving jug and serve chilled very cold.
- 1 lemon
- ½ pint cold water
- 1 tablespoonful sugar
- Peel the lemon very thinly and place the rind into a saucepan.
- Add sugar and water to the pan and bring to the boil.
- Strain into a jug.
- Add the lemon juice to the jug
- Allow to cool in jug.
- Serve lemonade drink chilled or over ice.
Honey and Apple Water
Blending sweet and sour is a classic food combination – “part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside” (Mark Twain).
In the following drinks recipe, the apples should be know to taste very sharp which will cut through the honeyed water infused with lemon when they are mixed together at the end.
- 4 apples
- 1 tablespoonful honey
- 2 strips of lemon rind
- 1 pint water
- Peel and core the apples. Put the apple peel into a saucepan
- Add honey, lemon rind and water to the peel in the pan and bring slowly to boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour.
- Add the sliced apple into a jug and pour over the gently simmered apple liquid.
- Still fruit drink is ready to serve when cooled.
About the Fruit Drink Recipes
The original recipe authors are unknown as these fruit sparkling drinks recipes were noted in a ‘receipt book’ without attributed sources. The Fruit Sparkling Drinks recipes are known to have been served at an alfresco summer party in the early 1970s.
Orangeade, Lemonade and Soda Floats
In Ainsley Harriott’s Gourmet Express 1: Over 100 Mouth-Watering Recipes (BBC Worldwide, 2000), orangeade and lemonade contribute to two of the ‘supercallifabulistic soda floats’. Ainsley Harriott writes “Here’s an old fashioned Mary Poppins favourite..here are a few tried-and-tasted floats…Orange soda – 1 scoop vanilla ice-cream, 250 ml (8 fl oz) orangeade. Chocolate soda – 1 scoop chocolate/chocolate chip ice-cream, 250 ml (8 fl oz) lemonade”.
Soda floats – orange soda or chocolate soda – could be made with commercially available orangeade and lemonade or with home-made alternatives using the orangeade and lemonade drinks recipes set out above in this article.