Date: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 12:21:01 GMT+1200

From: Tim Behrend t.behrend[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AUCKLAND.AC.NZ

Subject: Re: boston coolers

Lynne Murphy wrote on 31 March 1995:

i never had g. ale w/ sherbet, but we used to make ginger ale floats

with ice cream and my mom told us they were called "boston coolers"

(upstate n.y.). maybe it was supposed to be sherbet.


I have never heard anyone use the word "Boston Coolers" except

members of my family (both maternal and paternal sides), so was

interested to see Lynne's citation. For us, though, (German-Irish,

Cleveland, 1940s-1970s), it referred to a root beer float (with ice

cream, not sherbeRt). It's been a couple years since I've had root

beer now (unknown down under), and a Boston Cooler would really hit

the spot on this sultry late summer day.

Tim Behrend, Asian Languages, University of Auckland