These guys sent us four large bottles of liquor so I better not fuck it up by talking about unrelated stuff like the time I went to Costa Rica and got attacked by wasps. Art in the Age (and I'm not just saying this because they furnished me with almost a gallon of organic, 80-proof, top-shelf hard stuff) are brillant, I'm the first person to poo-poo trendy, handcrafted anything, but this is a rare instance where getting back to basics is truly beneficial. While most distillers are looking to reinvent the classics –vodka, gun, rum, etc.–Art in the Age is reviving the forgotten classics. For example, 'Root' is based on a root tea receipe taught to colonial settlers by Native Americans in the 1700s. During prohibition the alcohol was removed from root tea and it was renamed 'root beer', so this is basically root beer's great, great, great grandpa. Art in the Age produces four liquors – Root, Snap, Rhubarb, Sage – and they're all as interesting as they are delicious. Cheers!
"Spirit" Cocktail with Art in the Age RHUBARB and Lithe's "Smile Sparkle Shine", at Fit.Hip.Healthy.
At Lithe, we're all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next in this 13-week series is Spirit, which is made with Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine and AITA's Rhubarb liquor.
If you love champagne and Smile Sparkle Shine, you'll love this! Lithe's Smile Sparkle Shine is a cold-pressed juice made with grapefruit, pear, and apple. Our refreshing combo is healthy, tasty and low in calories. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, lycopene (pink and red only!), and has salicylic acid which dissolves inorganic calcium formed deposits that may build up in the cartilage of joints and cause arthritis. Pear is a good source of insoluble fiber and reduces grapefruit's tartness, yet really enhances its tastiness. AITA's Rhubarb liquor is made with a botanical bounty of beets, carrots, lemons, petitigrain, cardamom, pure cane sugar, and rhubarb (of course!). Together they're refreshing and light and perfect for Bellini-esque brunch cocktail.
2 oz. Rhubarb liquor
4 oz. Smile Sparkle Shine
1 oz. club soda
Lemon twist for garnish
Pour ingredients into a champagne flute. Place lemon twist on the rim or in the glass.
Yield: 1 serving
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Since 2009, this shop has served as a hub for Philly's free thinkers and artistic innovators. In addition to carrying the entire Art in the Age line of private label tees, the store stocks men's vests, hats, jackets, and cuff links, as well as Warby Parker eyewear. 116 N. Third St., 215.922.2600
"Something Wicked" with Art in the Age SNAP at Cook & Shaker, one of Philly.com's "15 Fall Cocktails to Warm Up To"
Something Wicked at Cook and Shaker
Out in at this one-year-old tavern in Kensington, proprietor Laura Viegas uses all local products to create a devilishly delicious fall drink. Ginger-spiced Snap liqueur from Art in the Age is mixed with apple brandy, then poured into a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar. A cinnamon stick straw is the final autumnal touch ($8).
White Mule Farms Spodee White
With hints of country wine, toasted coconut, amaretto, and pineapple,Spodee White ($9) will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean in December. The blended white wine is strengthened with high-proof alcohol and tastes light and fruity. Enjoy chilled over ice and mixed with a citrus juice and something bubbly, like club soda or ginger ale.
Art in the Age Snap
This 40 percent liquor is to a gingersnap what a Class V rapid is to a waterslide. The makers of Art in the Age Snap ($30) took tasting notes from lebkuchen—the original Pennsylvania Dutch ginger cookie made from blackstrap molasses—to make this spicy, richly flavored spirit. We find that it complements any bourbon drink perfectly and makes a nice pick-me-up on its own after a long ski tour.