Remember Saratoga Vichy Water? Well, they also made Saratoga Ginger Ale! Of course, everyone had the Vichy water. My mother had it for every “adult” party. Each time there was a spill, it was “Grab the Vichy water!!” Not gonna lie, we usually had Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I resurrected this bottle from the Round Lake Antique Fest and thought I’d put the little sister of Vichy in the spotlight. What is Vichy water, anyway?
After ripping the plastic strip off the can, removing the aluminum disk from the end, I would hold that can for a few seconds then wait for the “scccuuuupppppp” sound as the plop of pink creamy ice fell into the pitcher. I remember being in such a hurry to make it that filling 3 whole cans of water seemed like an eternity. The sticky, gooey mess would be left on the counter, along with whatever utensil could find to make it. Then, after selecting a glass as impressive as this pink drink, I would find the perfect spot to enjoy it. The ritual involved with pink lemonade hasn’t changed much and while buying a carton may seem easier, there is something about the canned frozen pink lemonade that remains my prefered method of classic, summer-must enjoyment.
There are few things I remember from my childhood as fondly as my round green radio. A gift for my 10th birthday, I literally carried this around for what seemed like the entire summer. Music became personal to me with that gift. I soaked up the sun with the radio next to my ear. I set it on the front steps while I played Barbie’s. I plugged in the headphones when I wanted to sit in my room and have some “alone time”! I can still hear some of my favorites…It’s Too Late, by the Cornelius Brothers, or Brandy by Looking Glass, maybe even a little Carpenters…Rainy Days and Mondays…. It was Happy Birthday to me all over again when I found one on eBay! Now if it would only play my all-time faves….