There’s a lot to be said for the legacy of Cool Crest Miniature Golf, and part of that story is Delaware Punch, a virtually discontinued grape soda made with a blood purple fruit syrup. It’s an age-old “energy drink” with something like 5,000 calories of sugar. In the 1960s, the retro golf course, located on a hill that culminates at Fredericksburg Road, didn’t yet have its artisanal beer garden with its Betty Kolsch and food-truck barbecue, but they did have a soda fountain that mixed Delaware Punch.
The fountain fed the four Andry brothers – Mitchell, Philip, Albert and James – who sipped from it in the summer when they were boys at Central Catholic High School. Cool Crest was where their mother dropped them off for Saturday afternoon peace, and later when the boys had their first dates.