Beat up Wooden cases filled with large glass bottles and a spritzer at the top. Remember those? Seltzer bottles. Believe it or not, there is still a guy here in Brooklyn, Eli Miller, who delivers seltzer in hand-blown etched bottles with pewter tops to spritz the seltzer.
A gritty old machine there pumps its effervescent, bubbly elixir into Mr. Miller’s thick glass bottles, made in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, hand-blown and hand-etched, with pewter siphon tops.
The cans and plastic bottles today have nothing on those old fashioned seltzer bottles. My parents loved seltzer. They loved the bubbly, which is also used to make a Brooklyn favorite – egg creams. Of course, egg creams don’t have milk or cream, but who cares? Take milk, seltzer and chocolate syrup and voila! Eggcream.
Egg creams were fountain drink back in the day. Isn’t it interesting how some foods are only associated with one place? Brookyn and egg creams go together. And there has been no successful attempt to bottle it.