Fix The Pumps - A History of the Soda Fountain book

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Great History ~ Will benefit small commercial soda fountain owners & enthusiasts!

By: Darcy O'Neil

The book contains over 450 pre-prohibition soda recipes, many containing forgotten ingredients like acid phosphate, lactart and aromatic elixir. There is also a chapter dedicated to carbonated water and the methods employed by early fountain operators. This information is invaluable for anyone looking at doing an in-house seltzer program.

This book provides a wealth of information on techniques employed by soda jerks. The recipes span the spectrum of simple flavors, like lemon and strawberry, to the complex with ingredient like aromatic elixirs and gentian syrups. The creativity of soda fountains was easily on par with the saloon. This information is valuable to anyone who likes to make drinks and especially valuable to bartenders who want to make the profession all encompassing.

Finally, the book deals with some historical inaccuracies including the "Italian soda". The soda fountain was clearly an American creation, like the cocktail, but for some reason Americans have allowed the soda name to be usurped by a well known syrup company, who proudly proclaim the combination of soda water and flavor syrup as an Italian creation.

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1
How It All Got Started 4
Soda Controversy 8
Soda Replaces the Cocktail 11
Soda Health & Hygiene 13

The Soda Jerk 17
From Bartender to Soda Jerk 19
Talk Like a Soda Jerk 22

Types of Sodas 27
Ice Drinks 28
Lemon Soda 29
Ginger Ale 30
Crush 31
Mead & Root Beer 32
Cream Soda 33
Chocolate Soda 34
Phosphates 35
Cola 36
Lactarts 40
Hot Soda 40
Egg Drinks 41
Milkshakes 43
Malts 44
Frappe, Splits, and Sundaes 44

Carbonated Water 47
Modern Soda Water 49
Tasting Carbonation 57
Pouring Soda 59

Art of Soda Making 59
Equipment 60
Soda Fountain Admixtures 64
Simple Syrups 64
Making Fruit Syrups 65
Soda Foam 66
Serving Egg Drinks 67

Soda Acidulants 75
Acid Phosphates 75
Lactic Acid 79
Citric and Tartaric Acid 80
Vinegar 81

Druggists Sundries 83
Aromatic Elixir 86
Aromatic Spirit of Ammonia 87
Elixir of Calisaya 88
Colouring 89
Notes on Ingredients 91

The Last Gulp 95
Sodas Influence on the Cocktail 96
Wanted: Soda Jerks 100
Recipe Conventions 103

Fountain Recipes 104

Extracts & Drink Recipes 113

Base Syrups 114

Compound Syrups 119

Phosphate Syrups 124

Lactart Syrups 128

Fancy Syrups 131

Punch Syrups 137

Soda Drinks 141

Phosphates - 149

Egg Drinks 153

Malts & Milkshakes 161

Mineral Water Salts 169

Bitters & Medicinal Drink 171

Bibliography 183

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