"There is a current opinion among women" says Brillat Savarin "which every year causes the death of many young women,--that acids, especially vinegar, are preventives of obesity. Beyond all doubt, acids have the effect of destroying obesity; but they also destroy health and freshness. Lemonade is, of all acids, the most harmless; but few stomachs can resist it long. I knew, in 1776, at Dijon, a young lady of great beauty, to whom I was attached by bonds of friendship, great, almost as those of love. One day, when she had for some time gradually grown pale and thin (previously she had a slight embonpoint), she told me in confidence, that as her young friends had ridiculed her for being fat, she had, to counteract the tendency, been in the habit every day of drinking a large glass of vinaigre. She died at eighteen years of age, from the effects of these potions."

  1. the rind of 2 lemons
  2. the juice of 3 large or 4 small lemons1 lb. of loaf sugar
  3. 1 quart of boiling water
  • Rub some of the sugar, in lumps, on 2 of the lemons until they have imbibed all the oil from them
  • Put it with the remainder of the sugar into a jug
  • Add the lemon-juice (but no pips)
  • Pour over the whole a quart of boiling water
  • When the sugar is dissolved, strain the lemonade through a fine sieve or piece of muslin
  • When cool, it will be ready for use.

  • Note: The lemonade will be much improved by having the white of an egg beaten up in it; a little sherry mixed with it, also, makes this beverage much nicer.

    Source: The Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton (1859)

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