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Holiday Cocktail Recipes from Art in the Age and Spodee Wine

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If you love cocktails (as I unquestionably do), it’s a great time to live in Philly, as the city has recently become a hub for craft spirits. Stephen Grasse launched Art in the Ageorganic spirits, in conjunction with the Philly boutique/gallery, and Spodee, a fortified wine packaged in a milk bottle. To celebrate the holidays, Art in the Age sent me a few recipes to share. Whip up these concoctions and I guarantee your guests will always want to come to your gatherings.

Brown Sugar Snap Swizzle
1 part SNAP
1 oz. brown sugar syrup*
3 dashes orange bitters
2 oz. sparkling wine

Directions: Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine and shake with ice. Fine-strain into a chilled flute, top with sparkling wine, and garnish with an orange twist.

*Brown Sugar Syrup: Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Cover, remove from heat, and let cool. Store in a glass bottle and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Rhubarb Wassail
1/2 gallon apple cider
1 pint tart cranberry juice
1/3 cup brown sugar
21 whole cloves
33 allspice berries
6 cinnamon stick
2 oranges, sliced
2 1/2 cups Rhubarb tea

Directions: In a large pot over medium heat, add apple cider, cranberry juice, brown sugar, spices, and orange slices. Bring to just under a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn heat to low and add Rhuarb Tea. Keep warm and serve as punch.

Spodee Mulled Cider
1 part Spodee wine
3 parts apple cider
1 tsp mulling spices
2 orange peels
2 lemon peels
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange wheel

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan or crockpot, and set heat on low an hour before serving. Ladle into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange wheel.

And before you go, check out my recipe for Snappy Cider!

Images and recipes via Art in the Age

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Art in the Age x Poler #CampVibes Cocktail Kit

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It may be winter, but with Christmas fast approaching, gifts for the camp enthusiast are in high demand. This Art in the Age and Poler #CampVibes Cocktail kit is just the perfect gift. Yeah, drinking and camping sort of go hand-in-hand, but mot people just drink beer because it’s easy. Class your camping up! This kit includes all the things you need to mix up some epic cocktails for you and your bros including an AITA Tshirt, a Stankley camp flash, two camp mugs, a Scout notebook, a woven patch, a Bic pen, a Mason Shaker and Pok Pok drinking vinegar.

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Our Top Picks For Celebrating First Friday

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On the first Friday of every month, art-loving Philadelphians pour into the streets for festive art crawls, gallery receptions and artsy nightlife events all across town.

This month, the holiday season gives the already-jubilant evening a particularly merry vibe, with many museums, galleries and neighborhoods kicking up the creativity on First Friday events — from a blowout at The Barnes Foundation and a Hanukkah celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, all the way to an art-filled pop-up shop in Fishtown and a s’mores roast in Graduate Hospital.

We’ve complied our top picks for this month’s events, but there’s tons more action to be taken in on arts corridors in FishtownOld City and Manayunk in particular.

Our picks for December’s First Friday, below.

• Holiday Market First Friday at Art in the Age: In Old City, stop in at Art in the Age for a seasonal shopping fete. A slew of awesome independent makers will be on-hand, including Peg & Awl, Norman Porter Denim, Three Potato Four, Pilot & Captain, The Reclaimed and W&P Design. For the entire month of December customers can shop the best artisan-made gifts at the boutique, too.

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Philadelphia, Celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day!

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Celebrate Prohibition Repeal Day at the Prohibition Taproom (501 N 13th St) starting at 8pm. Enjoy Art in the Age cocktails ($5-$10) and savory & sweet spirited dishes ($6-$15) on this joyous occasion!

Prohibition Taproom is one of my favorite bars in Philadelphia, I am sooooo pumped to head over there tonight for some spirits and nom on their French Onion Soup!

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Eraserhood Tonight > Art in the Age Prohibiton Repeal Day @ Prohibition Taproom

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Join us in celebrating Prohibition Repeal Day at the Prohibition Taproom this Thursday evening.

Enjoy Art in the Age cocktails and spirited dishes (savory & sweet) on this joyous occasion!

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Tonight Picks

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This evening is feeling an awful lot like the weekend thanks to parties at bars and museums, a festive Christmas tree lighting and holiday shopping night in East Passyunk and much more.

East Passyunk Avenue turns into a Christmas wonderland with its annual tree lighting celebration at the Singing Fountain and a brand-new event, Deck the Avenue, which offers guests extended hours, sales and free seasonal treats at shops along the avenue.

Tonight also marks the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day that marked the end of Prohibition — alcohol was once again readily available for the public’s imbibing pleasure. Raise a glass to Repeal Day at numerous parties at bars all around the city — think classic cocktails and extended happy hour specials.

• Repeal Day at Prohibition Taproom: Sip Art in the Age cocktails at Prohibition Taproom’s Repeal Day party. Pair your sips with sweet and savory bites all while toasting to the end of Repeal Day. What better place to celebrate the holiday than at a bar named Prohibition Taproom?

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