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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Between Two Evils

Temper has a number of meanings, but they all stem from Latin which is “to moderate”. The Temperance movement took the term and...

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Temperance Images from the 1800s

The temperance movement most likely started shortly after alcohol was first consumed. Chronic alcohol consumption is a bad thing, and...

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Historical Drinking & Driving Ads

We often see drinking and driving as recent problem (last 30 years or so) however the deadly combination of alcohol and motor vehicles has...

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Detroit Soda Fountain

This photo is a great example of what a classic soda fountain / pharmacy looked like around 1910. The picture was taken by the Detroit...

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Age of Drugs

If you’ve read Fix the Pumps, you may have noticed that one of the reoccuring themes was the competition between saloons and pharmacies...

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Cognac Oil

The world of alcohol is fraught with risks and great bartenders know how to manage them. One method is to insert a low or non-alcoholic...

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French Press Coffee

When it comes to drinks, a good cup of coffee is probably at the top of the list for many people, mine included. Like cocktails, there are...

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Brandy Milk Punch

My day usually starts of with one or two good size mugs of French pressed coffee or a couple of shots of espresso. Aside from the caffeine...

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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...

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Cocktail Blogging is Dead

There, I said it. Actually, it was pointed out to me by SeanMike on Twitter that I have been saying this since 2010 at the first Portland...