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.

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Chemical Compositions

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?

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Raw Milk

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

Honey Phosphate

Posted by Darcy O'Neil on January 29, 2014

Acid Phosphate is a cool ingredient to work with since it provides a pure sour taste without added flavours, like the oils in lemon or lime contribute. It also enhances flavours because it contains salts of calcium, potassium and magnesium. This means it can either crank up the flavour profile of a strong drink or enhance a more delicate flavour, like honey.

Having moved out to the country I have taken to doing things,… Continue

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The first concert I went to was "The Cult" at Cobo Hall in Detroit on January 20th, 1990.
RT @smultronanja: Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it. @altonbrown instagram.com/p/r5gCgkkxzx/
Using a fruit press to extract honey. :: drnk.ca/1Bzk9jd #photo
@ryanfeeley the kit is because people like to try the Acid Phosphate as well, so I bundle and discount.
@ryanfeeley you can also get the bitters at BYOB in Toronto on Queen Street. (saves shipping)
.@ryanfeeley the Abbott's bitters are excellent. Not sold out yet, but getting closer. Available here: drnk.ca/abbottsbitters