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Sweet strawberry sherbet recipe (1912)

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New England strawberry sherbet

A sherbet was originally a Mahometan drink in use among the followers of the Prophet. It was chilled with snow, not frozen, as readers of Sir Walter Scott will recall. The sherbet served at Saladin’s feast in “The Talisman,” and was cooled in snow and ice from the caverns of Mount Lebanon.

The New England sherbet should, correctly speaking, be called a frozen sherbet. Like Saladin’s drink, the following will be found “as delicious from an earthen vessel as from a goblet in gold.”

Have ready a quart of ripe strawberries, a scant pint of sugar, one pint and a half of ice water, a small lemon and some shaved ice. Crush the berries and strain the juice through a cheesecloth bag, pressing the fruit as hard as possible to extract all the juice. Add the sugar and the juice of the lemon. Then mix with the ice water and serve in a crystal pitcher.

Cut the lemon rind in rings and add them to the sherbet if desired from a small bowl containing crushed ice. Put a spoonful into each glass of before pouring the sherbet into it.

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