Fix the Pumps

Egg Creams

Robert over at Off the Presses has a piece, actually a couple, on the rise of New York Egg Creams, which is more a rebirth than a rise. The interesting part is that the vast majority of people think the Egg Cream was invented in New York around 1920 but that’s probably not the case. And as I type that I realize… [Continue]

History of the Soda Fountain

Naturally carbonated waters, from volcanic springs, were well known throughout history and prized for their unique properties. The effervescing nature of the water was an attractive quality, and was thought to be a natural tonic. The problem was that capturing and transporting these mineral waters was costly. Only a few places stocked mineral waters, with pharmacies being the most common.

[Continue]

Fix the Pumps Intro

Print Edition is now available on Art of Drink for $10.95 plus it included a free eBook edition - Fix the Pumps

This past October marked the 4th year I've been posting on Art of Drink, this being the 459th post. Last year I decided that I should do something a little more cohesive, like write a book.… [Continue]

Murder, Soda and Intrigue

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… [Continue]

follow on twitterFollow Art of Drink on Twitter

Twitter Updates

Do you know what we need? A world's best bitters competition! Thought brought on by @TheImbiber 's Tales article >> drnk.ca/UvnG0x
An interesting read on the rise of coconut water drnk.ca/xcoconut
@apaulmitchell Sammy's as well as all other agricole or white rums. It's hard to go wrong.
.@apaulmitchell it goes well with lime and sugarcane juice.
Wisdom should be shared, so read this: "How to Run the World's Best Bar" drnk.ca/1AgwnwA Via @diffordsguide
Only in Las Vegas would PR people call a 2750 square foot bar "intimate".
.@mnmsplease that was the same tour and I was just listening to SRV earlier tonight :(