Angel Tip (Nonalcoholic) Recipe

Angle Tip
Angle Tip

Happy Labor Day!

I plan to relax and enjoy the day with family and friends—and I may serve Angel Tip. This refreshing grape and mint cooler is perfect for all ages.

I found this recipe in a 1915 Good Housekeeping magazine.  Angel Tip recipes generally include alcohol, but this one doesn’t. I’ve never seen a recipe that called for alcohol in a hundred-year-old women’s magazine. The 18th amendment, which instituted prohibition, went into effect in 1920. In the years preceding its enactment, public opinion and the media strongly supported prohibition, so alcoholic drinks were generally taboo in magazine recipe sections.

Angel Tip

Crushed ice

Mint leaves


Sweetened whipped-cream

Use tall ice tea glasses. Fill each glass with crushed ice. Stir in a few (5-7 per glass) crushed mint leaves. Add the grape juice, and top with the whipped cream, and a sprig of mint. Serve with straws or long-handled spoons. Home-made grape-juice is preferable for this drink, but the commercial varieties may be used successfully.

To make homemade whipped cream, use 1/4 cup whipping cream per glass of Angel Tip. Whip the cream until there are stiff peaks; then, for each serving,  stir in 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar.

Adaptation of recipe in Good Housekeeping (October, 1915)

You may notice that this is my second post this month that uses mint. Last week I did a post on Mint Glazed Apples. The mint plants in my garden are succulent and green this time of year, yet I have few recipes that use mint. I’m excited to find some old-time recipes that call for this healthful herb.

23 thoughts on “Angel Tip (Nonalcoholic) Recipe

    1. I hadn’t heard of it either until I saw the recipe in the hundred-year-old magazine; then I googled Angel Tip, and lots of recipes popped up (though they all were cocktail recipes).

  1. Sounds yummy Sheryl! For some reason I haven’t been getting your posts notices for this or your other blog. I’ll have to investigate this problem. Glad to see you this morning. ~Elle

    1. You haven’t gotten any post notices because I haven’t made any posts on that blog in quite awhile. Over the past few months I realized that I enjoy doing research on the early 1900s more than on more recent time periods. I finally decided that I wanted to reinvent A Hundred Years Ago, so that it would work without the diary–and here I am. 🙂

      1. Good to see I wasn’t as crazy as I thought!Sheryl. Great idea with the recipes.
        I’ve been working on my mothers Alaska letters about homesteading, but summer has replaced that with lots of visitors so it’s been on hold. Hoping to get started up with it again this month. ~Elle

        1. I know what you mean. Summer is always a crazy, busy time at my house, too. I’m looking forward to reading more about your mother and your experiences in Alaska. You had such an interesting childhood.

  2. This looks refreshing, but I confess the combination of grape juice and whipped cream seems a bit odd. The addition of the mint might make the combo more interesting. Still, it’s hot enough around here and another addition to the “cooling drink” category is good. (It just occured to me that when I do stop by Starbucks, I always ask them to hold the whipped cream — even on a Frappucino. And I can’t stand whipped cream on an ice cream sundae. I guess I believe whipped cream belongs on pumpkin pie, cobbler, and shortcake!)

    1. I like whipped cream on Frappucino’s and whipped cream on pies; however I understand how the combination seems a bit unusual. When I first saw this recipe, I had similar thoughts to you, and wasn’t sure about the cream and grape mixture. But when I made it, I discovered that I almost immediately started swirling the cream into the grape juice and crushed ice/mint–and that the more I stirred, the more I enjoyed the drink. The cream added a wonderful, unexpected dimension; and I really liked the smoothness and added richness.

    1. Hmm. . . I wonder if people ever worried about eating too much sugar back then. I can’t remember ever seeing this issue mentioned in any of the women’s magazines. I’ll have to do some research. 🙂

  3. Looks very pretty. I don’t have grape juice at the moment but I am wondering if it would work with plum, or blackcurrant. I can have fun experimenting. Hope you had a lovely restful weekend.

    1. mmm. . . plum and black currant juice sound good. I’ve never had either, but your comment makes me want to try them. You had such good luck adapting the cobbler recipe, so I hope that you decide to experiment making this recipe with other juices. If you do, be sure to let us know how it turns out.

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