Historical Article (1893)
How to Draw A Glass of Ice Cream Soda
Saxe's New Guide, or Hints to Soda Water Dispensers. Chicago: The Saxe Publishing Co., 1893. pp. 21-22.
Very few dispensers know how to draw a glass of ice cream soda properly. This may seem strange, but it is nevertheless a fact. The usual method is syrup first, ice cream next, then a little wind and water, that's all. This makes a very unsatisfactory drink as it is not properly mixed, and cannot be properly mixed in this manner, unless you use a spoon and make a mush of it. In drinking a glass of soda served as above, 1st you taste wind, 2d plain soda, 3d ice cream, 4th syrup, all separate. This leads the customer to think that your ice cream soda is bad, and he goes out dissatisfied, but had you mixed the drink properly, using the same material, no doubt he would have been well pleased.
I always teach my soda men to draw the syrup first, then turn on the fine soda stream a moment, then the course, and again fine till the glass is about one-half full, and the syrup is thoroughly mixed with the water, then drop in the ice cream, and top off with a fine stream of soda. In this way you have a glass of soda thoroughly mixed, with the ice cream in the center, floating around, and not adhering to the sides of the glass. Try my way and see if your customers are not better satisfied with the result.
In the late nineteenth-century, before photographs became the standard images used in advertising, illustrators frequently made the figures in their advertising artwork look as much like celebrities as was possible while still avoiding outright libel. The lady in this Hires' Root beer ad resembles First Lady Frances Cleveland, and is even wearing the same dress Mrs. Cleveland wore in official portraits!
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The American Drink (1897)
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How to Draw A Glass of Ice Cream Soda (1893)
Serving Ice Cream Soda (1901)
Soda Water (1896)
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