During the hot weather, cool, refreshing beverages are in great demand; homemade varieties are always popular, and are far more thirst-quenching than the bought kinds of fizzy ginger beer and lemonade.
Most summer beverages are quite simple and easy to make; perhaps the most popular one is
Lemonade, No. 2
Put the sugar into a large basin, pour the boiling water over it, leave it until it is nearly cold; then add the lemon essence and the citric acid, stir these well in, and leave the liquid until it is quite cold; then bottle, and cork it tightly.
Allow a wineglassful of lemonade to a tumbler of cold water, the addition of a few pieces of ice being a great improvement.
N.B.-Be sure and purchase the best essence of lemon possible, otherwise it sometimes has a very disagreeable flavour.