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Cream Soda without the Fountain


  • 4 pounds of coffee-sugar
  • 3 pints of water
  • 3 nutmegs, grated
  • whites of 10 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 ounce of gum arabic
  • 20 drops of oil of lemon, or extract equal to that amount
  • 8 ounces of bicarbonate of soda
  • 6 ounces of tartaric acid


By using oils or other fruits, you can make as many flavors from this as you desire. Mix sugar, water, nutmegs, egg whites, gum arabic, and oil of lemon, and place over a gentle fire, and stir well about thirty minutes; remove from the fire and strain, and divide into two parts; into one-half put bicarbonate of soda, into the other half put tartaric acid. Shake well, and when cold they are ready for use by pouring three or four spoonfuls from both parts into separate glasses, each one-third full of water. Stir each and pour together, and you have a nice glass of cream soda which you can drink at your leisure, as the gum and eggs hold the gas.


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The White House Cookbook (1887).

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