The hotel rooms weren't the only source of income for the hotel's owners. Water from the sulfur springs were bottled at a factory across the street and were sold at the hotel as Pluto Water. French Lick Springs Hotel is also, according to legend, where tomato juice was invented. In 1917 the hotel's chef, Louis Perrin, ran out of oranges to make freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast, so he used some tomatoes instead. Thus, the popular vegetable drink was born.
Today, the hotel still resembles the charm and glamor of its early 20th century beginnings, albeit with some conveniences. It is now part of the French Lick Resort, which includes two hotels, a golf course, a casino, a spa, and some pools. Guests can stay in any one of the four hundred and thirty-three rooms at this historic destination while they explore the town of French Lick, or they can remain at the hotel's spa and take a mineral bath like the original tourists did a hundred years ago.