I Remember Cold Drinks

The boxes I remember were much wider and maybe not as tall as this one.

The other day I overheard someone asking about getting a “cold drink,” and it actually stopped me in my tracks, remembering all the way back to my childhood and the days when my family used to say the same thing.

My dad never asked if we wanted to stop and get a soda or a pop or even a Coke. He always said, “cold drink,” and I suppose I thought that was what they were called. How many times have I heard the question, “You wanna stop and get a cold drink?”

Wondering if my family was the only one to use the term cold drink, I called Vickie Harvick. Sure enough, her family drank cold drinks also, and we chatted on about why the drinks of our childhood were called cold drinks.

After a lot of discussion, we both decided that maybe it was because of the way stores used to pack their sodas in ice. Remember when you could walk into a store (like Ned Stewart’s), raise the lid on the big red box, and reach into that icy cold water where you were welcome to fish around through the bottles until you found just the right brand?

Pulling out the cold, wet bottle and opening it right there on the side of the box was fun in itself, and there was no need to worry about the water that dripped onto the old wooden floor. I suppose no one ever slipped and broke anything back in those days!

Bringing my mind back into the present, I suddenly realized that buying a cold drink just isn’t the adventure it used to be, and I’m not sure that any of the ones I’ve bought lately qualify as a cold drink…cool drink, maybe, but certainly not a cold drink.

No, I definitely miss the glass bottles floating in the icy water of my childhood!

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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8 Responses to I Remember Cold Drinks

  1. Pat Welch says:

    I tried to order a “Coke” at the Dairy Queen in Cisco a few years ago. The girl asked what kind of coke. I said coke and she still didn’t get it. I told her not Dr. Pepper, but Coca Cola. Now some people just call them all cokes.

    Soda pop was what the older folks called them. And if you pour some good ‘ole Comanche County peanuts in the coke bottle, it is even better.

  2. Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

    Pat, this made me laugh because last week I was working and a young man of maybe 20 asked me if I had ever heard of putting peanuts in my coke. He thought he had invented the concotion!!! LOL

  3. missy jones says:

    I can just see the cold drink box at Mrs. Chamber’s store north of the Gustine school grounds. Money was always tight, but sometimes my daddy would give me a nickle for a “cold drink”. Friends and I would go to the store, put our hands down in that “cold” ice and water and pull out the biggest “cold drink” we could find. Then, we would go and set on the rock fence on the school grounds and drink our drinks. No, drinks are not that cold anymore. And the little opener on the front side of the box, snap, and the lid came off. Yes, I still use the expression, “Let’s get a cold drink”. Yes, I still enjoy putting salted peanuts in my “cold drink”.

  4. Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

    Missy, the youngest of our kiddos toured Dublin Bottling Works recently; the highlight of their trip was opening their drinks on “You know, Gram….that thing.” I had no idea that they had never seen a bottle opener until that day!

  5. Crystal Johnson says:

    I think it also depends on where you live. When I lived in Arizona they were referred to as soda. I lived in Idaho and they are called pop. Now I live in Texas and they are called Coke. I do work in a restaurant and people always order what they want as Dr Pepper, Coke, 7-up, etc (Thank God…I’d be so confused if not). Something else I’ve noticed when someone texts me and I ask what they are doing they always say “drinking a cold beer,” never just drinking a beer. Referring to the beer you drink anywhere else is “cold beer” in Texas.

    • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

      Crystal, in my family they said sweet milk as in cornbread and sweet milk. I assume that was to let you know they were not drinking buttermilk, I don’t know. At the time, it was just the way it was.

      And, no real Texan would EVER say Pop!! LOLOL

  6. harrell gilbreath says:

    Grew up getting a “cold drink” at “the store” in Edna hill. Sometime your hand would nearly freeze off before you came up with a dr pepper. The westfall family operated that little store for close to 40 years. Great memories fredda thanks

  7. Missy Jones says:

    Was ice colder then than it is now? Sometimes the “cold drink” that we pulled out of the chipped ice and water was so cold, it would have little flakes of ice in the bottle. Now, we knew that it was cold and good. Seems like so many times today, it is a “cool” drink instead of a “cold drink”. and, remember, we said, “Hey, do you want to get a coke?”, and that might mean any kind of a drink. Coke was generic, it meant let’s stop and get something to drink. Missy Jones

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