Fannie Farmer Beverages

Chapter III Beverages.

Lovely chapter introduction in Fannie Farmer’s iconic book for Beverages.

Her cookbook was published starting 1887. My version is a 1924 edition. This would have been the height of Prohibition, so no wine, beer, or distilled liquors.

We see that section VII covers beverages for medicinal purposes, which could be inclusive of those of the fermented variety. Unfortunately, those particular recipes are not included. We do, however, find an unfermented grape juice recipe.

This recipe looks curiously like a home fruit wine recipe. The publishing company would have included the word ‘unfermented’ in the title as a not-so-subtle clue that this was an alcoholic beverage once bottled and left alone.

Very sneaky.

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