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Sassafras Mead


  • 2 quarts of boiling water
  • 3 1/2 pounds of the best brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 pints of good West India molasses
  • 1/4 pound of tartaric acid
  • 1 teaspoonful (not more) of essence of sassafras


Mix gradually with boiling water brown sugar, West India molasses, and tartaric acid. Stir it well and when cool, strain it into a large jug or pan, then mix in essence of sassafras. Transfer it to clean bottles (it will fill about half a dozen), cork it tightly and keep it in a cool place. It will be fit for use next day. Put into a box or boxes a quarter of a pound of carbonate of soda, to use with it. To prepare a glass of sassafras mead for drinking, put a large tablespoonful of the mead into half a tumbler full of ice-water, stir into it a half teaspoonful of the soda and it will immediately foam up to the top.

Sassafras mead will be found a cheap, wholesome and pleasant beverage for warm weather. The essence of sassafras, tartaric acid and carbonate of soda, can, of course, be obtained at the druggist's.


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The White House Cookbook (1887).

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