A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 25, 2006
Texas Sunshine (citrus-ade)

"Texas Sunshine” is a citrus drink found in the book Cooking Texas Style. The history of the drink (possibly with other names) is not known.


Google Books
Cooking Texas Style
Tenth Anniversary Edition
by Candy Wagner and Sandra Marquez
Austin: University of Texas Press
1993
Pg. 33:
Texas Sunshine gives a taste of that special sun in liquid form. A “citrus-ade” concentrate, it can be made ahead and refrigerated, and it will be ready to mix and serve when needed. (If fresh mint is not available, it can be omitted.)

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups water
juice of 6 lemons
juice of 2 oranges
juice of 2 limes
1 cup fresh mint leaves

Children’s Recipes
Texas Sunshine
A refreshing drink for breakfast or anytime!

1 1/2 c Sugar
2 1/2 c Water
6 Lemons—juice of
2 Oranges—juice of
2 Limes—juice of
1 c Fresh mint leaves

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water and bring to a boil.

Remove from heat and cool. Combine fruit juices and mint leaves.

Pour cooled sugar syrup over juice mixture. Let stand for 1-2 hours.

Strain and refrigerate.

When ready to serve, mix 1 part Texas Sunshine to 2 parts water or club soda. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with fruit or fresh mint leaves.

NOTE: This makes 3 quarts fruit-ade - like lemonade.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, August 25, 2006 • Permalink