Behind the Scenes at AoD: Photography
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on November 27, 2013
I've always liked photography, though I'm not necessarily great at it, but I am getting better. When I started writing Art of Drink I envisioned more photos in posts, but the "work flow" has been too time consuming for a non-paying blog post. However, posting photos to Art of Drink still seemed like a reasonable idea. What I needed was a fast simple method to do so, and here is how I came up with a solution.
Social media has brought slacking to a new… Continue
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on November 11, 2013
(First published in December 2006) While I was reading my morning newspaper, I came across a drink from 1943 called the Ortona cocktail. This drink was created during World War II by the Royal Canadian Regiment while they were fighting German forces to take control of a strategic junction near Ortona, Italy. Two days before the regiments 60th birthday, they fought a considerably difficult battle with a great loss of life. But being war the regimental brass decided that it was still proper to celebrate… Continue
Tavern Culture (1966)
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on October 22, 2013
Lately, I've been looking into old research papers on bars and the people who frequent them. One that I found fascinating is transcribed below and was published in 1966. The paper deals with a typical New York dive bar called the Star Tavern, the people who sit in the chairs and an Irish bartender. The paper was written by a psychiatrist who simply wanted to answer a question. He picked the bar and frequented it a few times a week for about six months, without identifying himself… Continue
The Genesis of Tequila’s Bad Name?
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on August 13, 2013
While researching some drink history in old newspaper archives, I came across this great article/story about tequila. Though I'm sure it was written in a humorous "tongue-in-cheek" style, it doesn't paint tequila in a very good light. However, we have all heard the stories about how tequila causes hallucinations and crazy stuff happens when people drink it, but there has never been any real proof. It is a fact many people prefer to drink tequilas and mezcal straight… Continue
Tales 2013 - Message from the Underground
Posted by Darcy O'Neil on July 18, 2013
Tales is in full swing and to no one's surprise it gets bigger, better and more interesting. This isn't the quaint event it once was, but I am more than fine with that. When events get this big it means we, as the cocktail community, have had a measure of success in change the drinks world for the better, and that is cool.
The Absolut Welcome Reception was held at Arnaud's and if you have never had a chance to tour Arnaud's, it is a huge complex of rooms and… Continue