Banana Milk Shake

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Banana milk shake

1 fully ripe banana
1 cup chilled milk
2 tablespoons crushed ice
Nutmeg, if desired

Peel banana; slice into a bowl. Beat with a rotary beater or an electric mixer until very smooth. Add milk and ice; mix well. Pour into cups; sprinkle with nutmeg. Makes 2 small or 1 large serving.

Fruited Iced Tea

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1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
Iced tea

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Add the grated peels; cool. Store, covered, in refrigerator. To serve, add 1 to 2 tablespoons to a glass of iced tea. If desired, decorate glasses with slices of lemon and sprigs of mint. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Bottoms Up

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1 1/2 ounces dry gin
1 dash angostura bitters
1 dash orange juice
1 dash pineapple juice
1 dash lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon powdered sugar

For each serving, combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add cracked ice; shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Claret Float

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For each serving, put several ice cubes in a tall glass and fill 3/4 full with lemon-flavored carbonated beverage. Tip the glass slightly and carefully pour in about 1/4 cup claret wine so it forms a layer on top. Serve without stirring.

Harvest Punch

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The ingredients for harvest punch are:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 2/3 cups grape juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice

How to make:

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes. Add the fruit juices and chill well. Pour over ice in a punch bowl. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Raspberry Soda

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To make raspberry soda you will need:

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen red raspberries
  • Carbonated water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup sugar

Thaw the berries and put in a saucepan with the sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Put berries through a strainer to remove the seeds; chill the syrup. Divide the syrup among 6 tall glasses; add 2 tablespoons milk to each glass and a small scoop of ice cream. Fill glass with carbonated water. Makes 6 servings.