All sorts of dried lemons played a part in American foods, but none so festive as the crystals used to make lemonade for those on-the-go. In fact, the ingredients in this lemon mix where recommended in one of the many thick and informative books written by Dr. Alvin Wood Chase in the mid-late 1800s. After discussing the ingredients, he described the result this way in a publication of 1864:
A rounding tablespoon can be done up in a paper and carried conveniently in the pocket when persons are going into out-of-the-way places, and added to half pint of cold water when all the beauties of lemonade will stand before you waiting to be drank, not costing a penny a glass. This can be made sweeter, or more sour, if desired.
Try yours with one of the other 1800s favorites - raspberries, with syrup, maple syrup, pineapple or grape juice. So good and, if you trust Dr. Chase (and who wouldn't?) and others at the time, a curative for many ailments including colds, upset stomach, and Yellow Fever. (Lemon image: M.E. Flore Descourtilz, 1827)