The history of cocktails would be quiet boring with out the accompanying saloons. This one, from Toronto, is interesting because it had an expansive cocktail list back in 1855.
Early on in the 1800s, a crafty genius decided to combine carbonated mineral water and a sweetened flavour syrup, thus creating “soda pop” as we know it today. But the question remains, what flavour did they use? Well, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise if you read the title of this article, it was lemon. What may surprise you is that the lemon soda was the reigning champion of soda flavours for over 30 […]
These old newspaper articles about soda fountain provide a glimpse into the period and city they were written. This article comes from the Rocky Mountain News in Denver circa 1886. Reporters would just report on the happening of the local soda fountain and the new drinks being served. Cocaine, again, makes an entrance to a new city via the soda fountain, as does Lactart. I do like the writing style of this time period as it […]
This is a great article from the June 7th, 1885 Atlanta Constitution detailed the state of affairs at the local soda fountains. The reporter interviews a local soda proprietor and gets all the goods. One of the great things about this article is that it mentions Coca-Cola for the first time, though the reporter spells it “coco cola”. If you want more history on Coca-Cola check out the newspaper article from 1902 titled “They Thirst […]
Before I began my long hiatus on Art of Drink, I had accumulated hundreds of old newspaper articles about drink and cocktails in the 1800s. My intentions were to write about and share/transcribe them, but cocktail blogging kind of died with Facebook taking over, and I never wanted to post stuff to Facebook, because that would be like working for free. Anyway, I may do a few more of these if people enjoy it, otherwise, […]
It’s that time of year when we are assaulted with a new blockbuster movie every weekend until the end of the summer. Many of the movies will be a waste of time because they lack character development or the story is covered up by special effects. But, there is one decent movie coming out, with a really well-developed character, and that, of course, is Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. So what’s this have […]
One of the most underrated liqueurs on the market, but it used in some of the best cocktails ever made.
I’m not sure who decides these things, but today (June 11th) is World Gin Day. So what does one do on a day that celebrates gin? I’d hazard a guess that we’d enjoy a gin cocktail. The obvious choices are the Negroni or Martini, but may I suggest The Filby? Yes, I’ve written about this cocktail before, but that was before having some fascinating information given to me by the people who created and influenced […]
Adding things to Coca-Cola is a time honoured tradition, one that immediately comes to mind is rum. Another is Aromatic Spirits of Ammonia. Now, this isn’t kitchen cleaner ammonia, which would be a big mistake, this is a pharmaceutical preparation that has been used for over a century, even before Coke was invented. For druggists, this preparation was an over-the-counter medicine used to treat a variety of conditions. Unlike other patent medicines (snake oil), Aromatic […]
On April 5th, 2010 I will be flying down to New Orleans to present at the Museum of the American Cocktail. The presentation will be on the influence of soda on cocktails, specifically those of New Orleans fame. Many newspaper articles from the 1800s put New Orleans in second place for soda consumption after Atlanta which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Since New Orleans was highly esteemed for their cocktail creativity it only made sense […]