robinsons squash

Squash (also called ‘cordial’) is a concentrated fruit-based syrup made from fruit juice, water, and sugar (or other sweetener). Modern squashes may also contain flavoring and coloring. Some traditional cordials also contain herbal extracts, most notably elderflower. Squash must be mixed with a certain amount of water or club soda before drinking.

Citrus fruits (particularly orange and lemon) or a blend of fruits and berries are commonly used as the base of squash. Popular blends are apple with blackcurrant, raspberry with pomegranate, and orange or peach with mango. Less popular single-fruit squashes are also produced, such as lime, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry, and strawberry.

People, when ordering squash in restaurants, are asked often by their servers whether they would like it ‘strong’ or ‘weak.’ It is commonly served cold, often with ice, but it is often served warm in the winter, just as tea or coffee would be.

A variety of squash that contains a larger amount of fruit juice, up to half or more of the volume in juice, is sold in markets as ‘high juice,’ and squashes are quite often called ‘juice’ when talking to children, especially these high-juice beverages. However, many squashes contain less than 20% juice, and some as little as 5-10%.

Squash is popular around the world, but is generally not drunk or found in the United States, and when it is it is quite expensive, and often homemade.

Squash is prepared by combining one part concentrate with four or five parts water (carbonated or still). Double-strength squash and traditional cordial, which are thicker, are made with one part concentrate and twelve parts water. A powdered squash mix is available in convenience stores, and that must be mixed with water as well, typically less. In the same places, ready-diluted squash is also available.


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