Pedro Ximénez Phosphate
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on August 14, 2014
When you think about the fortified wine called sherry, the soda fountain probably doesn't come to mind, but it should. People have done a great job sanitizing the evils of the soda fountain from our collective mind, but just like bars, soda fountains in the 1800s had a large repertoire of drinks including spirits and fortified wines. I'm sure you could get these alcoholic tipples straight, if you asked nicely, but the preferred way to serve them was mixed with soda, like the PX Phosphate.… Continue
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on June 10, 2014
Tales of the Cocktail 2014 is just about a month away. As usual, I am presenting this year and I'm going back to my roots, chemistry. The Chemical Compositions session is about what chemicals make spirits taste like spirits. The coolest part is that we will be sniffing more chemicals than a 1980s hair metal band. I'm packing a bag full—9 to be exact—of individual chemical compounds that are core components of a number of spirits and liqueurs. Curious?
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on March 11, 2014
Since this is a site dedicated to all things drink related, and milk is a delicious drink, I should probably tackle the debate over raw milk. This is an interesting topic because it encompasses science, politics, health and flavour and I have become increasingly interested with the future of food, hence my Yokel side project. But let's talk about milk.
Louis Pasteur was one of the greatest scientists in human history. His research on germ… Continue
The Seven Year Itch
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on February 05, 2014
Ever hear of the seven year itch? It's a term that suggests happiness in a relationship declines around year seven of a marriage. I think that term applies to more things than relationships, like jobs and writing. Many writers pen articles on multiple topics and I've decided to do the same to keep life interesting. I'm still going to write about drinks, but I'm now… Continue
Murder, Soda and Intrigue
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on January 24, 2014
We all know the history of alcohol's prohibition, but did you know that the soda fountain also had its own prohibition? When I was writing Fix the Pumps, and detailing the effects the Pure Food & Drug Act of 1906 had on the soda fountain, I wondered what effect pulling all those drugs from circulation had on the mood of the country. I didn't dig into this aspect at the time as it didn't fit into the story line, but I always wondered.… Continue