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Simmonds & Osborne drink labels

Simmonds & Osborne drink labels

Commercially made carbonated drinks and cordials have been available in New Zealand since the 1830s. These labels show a range of drinks commonly available since then – some were still around in the early 2000s. Simmonds & Osborne was a Wellington-based drinks manufacturer.

Some of these drinks are easily made at home. Here is a recipe for lemon barley water from Tony Simpson's 1999 book A distant feast:

100 grams pearl barley; 2 lemons, zest and juice; Sugar to taste; 1 litre boiling water

Rinse the barley and put in a pot with all other ingredients. Boil for 5 minutes and then strain. Serve chilled.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-BEVERAGE-Soft-Simmonds

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Tea, coffee and soft drinks - Water, soft drinks and milk drinks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/40384/simmonds-osborne-drink-labels (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013