I didn’t expect a fruit punch recipe to start with tea, but I wasn’t surprised to see ginger ale. It’s been a common ingredient in punch for most of the twentieth century. But what is Lithia water?
It’s a mineral water that contains lithium salts. It was very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for its supposed health benefits. Naturally-occurring lithia springs were found in Saratoga Springs, NY (home of Saratoga Chips!), Ashland, Oregon, and, not surprisingly, Lithia Springs, Georgia. However, not all Lithia water on the market came from lithia springs, but had the lithium salts added during bottling. Lithia Springs still sells the water, as they have since 1888.
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