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This is an old fashioned beverage from my grandmother's Pennsylvania Dutch hand written cookbook. This was used in place of lemonade on the farm and carried to the fields in quart jars. It was also served at Sunday dinner after church. It has a very different taste, but it is both sharp and sweet and is still a Holiday favorite at family gatherings.
1/2 gallon water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger OR 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
In a saucepan heat the vinegar, sugar, molasses and ginger and 4 cups of water until the sugar is dissolved. Add the rest of the water and chill thoroughly.
To serve immediately: After the sugar is dissolved, put 4 cups of ice cubes in the serving pitcher and swirl until chilled and most of the ice has melted.
Bess Pierce Moline