Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Soda Nectar

1 lemon

Ingredient: lemon

What it is:  Fruit
Common name for Citrus limon.

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3/4 tumbler water

Ingredient: water

What it is:  Additive
Ubiquitous chemical substance that is composed of hydrogen and oxygen and is essential for all forms of life -- also a component of all drinks.

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sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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powdered, to taste
1/2 tea-spoon sodium carbonate

Ingredient: sodium carbonate

Also Known As:  washing soda, soda crystals, soda ash What it is:  Additive
Sodium salt of carbonic acid. It most commonly occurs as a crystalline heptahydrate, which readily effloresces to form a white powder, the monohydrate; and is domestically well known for its everyday use as a water softener. It has a cooling alkaline taste, and can be extracted from the ashes of many plants. It is synthetically produced in large quantities from table salt in a process known as the Solvay process.

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(Use large tumbler.)

Strain the juice of the lemon, and add it to the water, with sufficient white sugar to sweeten the whole nicely. When well mixed, put in the soda, stir well, and drink while the mixture is in an effervescing state.