Old-Time Country Club Shake Recipe

country club shake

Looking for the perfect summer mocktail? I found a great recipe in a hundred-year-old magazine that fits the bill. Country Club Shake combines orange juice, white grape juice, and ginger ale to create a sunny, sophisticated, nonalcoholic drink.

1919 was the heyday of mocktails, and Country Club Shake is one of the best. Prohibition was slated to begin in January, 1920 – and, in preparation, magazines contained lots of nonalcoholic drink options.

Recipe for Country Club Shake
Source: American Cookery (May, 1919)

Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Country Club Shake (Mocktail)

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup orange juice

1 cup white grape juice

1 cup ginger ale

2 tablespoons sugar syrup (see recipe below)

4 tablespoons cracked ice

orange slices or other fruit for garnishing, optional

Combine all ingredients, and serve. If desired, serve on ice, and garnish with orange slices or other fruit.

Sugar Syrup

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup warm water

Put the sugar in a sauce pan. Pour the warm water over the sugar, and stir. Let sit a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved, then using medium heat bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Store in a covered jar for use when needed.

16 thoughts on “Old-Time Country Club Shake Recipe

        1. Wow. I would have figured grape juice was available everywhere.

          Out of curiosity, what’s the status of that American staple, peanut butter, down there?

  1. Really liked hearing about the 1919 preparation for prohibition with magazines publishing non-alcoholic drink options. Wonderful recipe, I’m going to try it. Thanks Sheryl.

  2. This one I’m going to try! It’s so warm here that after being out in the heat,a glass of this truly would be refreshing!! I think I’ll leave out the sugar though. Thanks for sharing!

  3. “Prohibition was slated to begin in January, 1920”. The start of Prohibition is actually a really confusing story. Wartime prohibition, under a Federal law that was passed in 1918, started on July 1, 1919, even though the war was over. It had been ostensibly passed to save grains for food. The bill wasn’t clear however and the Attorney General wasn’t completely certain if it applied to beer and wine. It banned alcohol that had a content basically over 2%.

    At the same time, a large number of states had passed individual acts enacting Prohibition so by this date in 1919 a lot of states were dry under their own recent statutes, including such states as Colorado and Wyoming which aren’t really thought of as temperance states. An entry on the “Thirsty First” in Wyoming is here, complete with an unusual newspaper front page: https://lexanteinternet.blogspot.com/2019/07/july-1-wyomings-state-prohibition-act.html

    The Volstead Act to enforce the 18th Amendment was just introduced in congress on June 27, and it would come into effect in 1920.

  4. This looks so refreshing! I love coming up with ‘mixed drink’ (non-alcoholic) recipes. My kids were always ready and willing to try the next one. I think they’d love this!

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