In the Media Personnel — 26 September 2012

London bartender Darcy O’Neil is interviewed at about old-time bartending and soda fountain recipes (photograph by A. Paul Mitchell)

By Lizzie Wade,, September 26, 2012

These days, the words “soda fountain” conjure up idyllic images of mid-century teenagers innocently sharing a milkshake. But when the first soda fountains appeared in the late 19th century, they looked more like laboratories than family-friendly restaurants. And the drinks they served could pack a real punch — they sometimes contained cocaine and even heroin.

In this episode of the Storyboard podcast, senior editor Adam Rogers talks about the golden age of soda fountains with Darcy O’Neil, the blogger behind Art of Drink and author of Fix the Pumps.

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