Author: Darcy O'Neil

Writer, author of Fix the Pumps, chemist, beekeper and general do-er-of-things, Darcy can generally be found looking for new and interesting things to do, usually over a cocktail. Currently working on more soda fountain history.

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Top Skill to Have as a Bartender

sk any bar manager what’s the most important skill for a bartender and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some will respond that...

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Moral Suasion

A good drink can often be considered “moral ’suasion”. A good one keeps you in your seat, but not by force, and a really good...

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Peach Blow

Digging up old cocktails—or in this case fizz recipes—has led me to this interestingly named drink called the Peach Blow. The article...

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Manhattan Cocktail Redux

Recently I’ve been musing about the Manhattan Cocktail and with Woodford Reserve and Esquire Magazine launching the “Craft the Ultimate...

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Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan is still widely regarded as one of the greatest cocktails ever created. Personally, a well made Manhattan is a cocktail I...

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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...

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Copyright & Cocktails

The topic of protecting ones creative cocktail works has amp’d up lately. After Eben Freeman’s session on cocktails and intellectual...

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Champagne Smash

In the world of drinks, a smash is usually a drink that contains a spirit, mint, sugar and sometimes lemon or lime. The Mint Julep and...

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The Big Old Boring Vodka Martini

Why do people order dry vodka martinis? Is it because they don’t know what else to order? Is it the herding effect? Or do people actually...

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Top 10 Cocktails

Being in the industry I get requests for many drinks, but rarely are they unique requests. Most of the time it is for a list of classic...