Photograph of commercial juice dispenser with a baby bonnet resting on top of it. Black text on a white background.
Modern commercial drink dispensers run on electricity to keep the contents cool, but the earlier version, like the countertop drink dispenser pictured from Golden Sun, kept beverages cold by using blocks of ice. Ice was cut from frozen lakes and ponds in winter and stored in ice houses for use in summer. As time went on and mineral water and other carbonated beverages became more popular, new methods entered the market, including soda fountains and drink dispensers that used brine in place of ice.