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How to make cinnamon syrup for cocktails
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Cinnamon Syrup

The best way to make a cinnamon syrup is to use stop using cinnamon sticks and do what the professionals at the soda fountain did, and that’s to use all-natural steam distilled cinnamon essential oil. It will be the best cinnamon syrup you’ve ever used and it works great in cocktails, tiki drinks, soda, and even on your pancakes. And it is […]

Art of Drink on YouTube
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Art of Drink on YouTube

Blogging has pretty much run its course, at least for me, though I still find Art of Drink a great place to publish some of my findings, like the post on Grenadine and I’ll still do that but it needs to be worthy of a post. The way forward though seems to be video because that is where the people are. So, […]

Grenadine Syrup Recipe
Blog Post, History, Syrups

What is Grenadine Made From?

What would you say if I told you the literal translation of grenadine from French didn’t mean pomegranate in the context of the sweet red syrup called grenadine? What would you think if I said modern grenadine is an over-simplified corruption of a once complex and interesting product? I’m sure you would be curious, so let’s break this down because […]

Introduction to Farm Food Feast
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New Project: Farm Food Feast

For many years I have flirted with the idea of developing another blog project or starting a YouTube channel; however, I didn’t want it to be Art of Drink where I substitute a different topic. About six years ago, I briefly started a blog called Yokel, which was about the things I was doing on the farm where I lived. […]

Abbott's Bitter Label

Abbott’s Bitter Recipe

Back in 2009, I stumbled upon a bitters recipe with two Abbott signatories on the document. Since Abbott’s was one of the most popular bitters before prohibition, it required further investigation. And that led me to present all this research at Tales of the Cocktail 2016. And now here it is for you. My original goal was to recreate the […]

Fix the Pumps

Fix the Pumps: Ten Year Anniversary

It has been roughly ten years since Fix the Pumps came out; the ebook came out in December 2009, and the print edition came out in May 2010. In 2011 it was nominated for “Best New Cocktail Book” at the Spirited Awards, though it didn’t win. Looking back, I can see the effect the book had on the bar industry, […]

Maple Phosphate
Cocktails, Low ABV, Soda

Maple Phosphate

Every year as winter cedes into the past, the maple tree sap starts to run. A time-honoured tradition in the north is to tap a spile into these maples and siphon off a few buckets of sap, then boil it down into a syrupy brown liquid and drizzle it on everything. That is the taste of spring. Since I’m in […]

Hawaiian Beach Tiki
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Before There Was Tiki

What if I told you that there was a tiki style drinking establishment before tiki bars even existed? What if I told you it existed in 1917, 16 years before Don Beach opened Don the Beachcombers. In this case it wasn’t a bar but a soda fountain doing “Hawaiian Week” in March 1917. Effectively it was a soda fountain tiki […]

Rhode Island Cabinet History

The Rhode Island Cabinet

Rhode Island seems to be a sleepy little state nestled amongst giants like New York and Massachusetts. One of the state’s quirks is the drink called the cabinet which to the rest of North America is called a milkshake or ice cream shake. The Coffee Cabinet (or coffee milk) is the states official drink. Why do they call them cabinets […]

Cream Soda Flavours made with ice cream

Cream Soda

Cream soda has a long history and was the soda fountain drink that influenced the ice cream float and the milkshake.