Last Friday, I was at Kembrel's Blogger event hosted by MSP Squared (my friend Anh of MAI STYLE PAGES and Sabir ofMEN'S STYLE PRO). And I finally tried SPODEE, a Depression era hooch, that has notes of chocolate and grape wine, mixed in with seasonal fruits and cider. It. Was. Delicious. On the sweeter side than I usually prefer but I can see myself mixing this into a bunch of cocktail recipes up my sleeve. But for to drown away todays double whammy blues, I'm drinking a classic and a bit of a beginners cocktail: the SPODEE SODEE. 1:1 ratio deliciousness to kick the Monday Blues.
Philadelphia-based creators of organic artisan spirits: ROOT, SNAP, RHUBARB, SAGE.
ROOT is based on an 18th century root tea recipe, an herbal remedy made of sassafrass, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs.
SNAP combines ginger root with blackstrap molasses and spices.
RHUBARB is a botanical bounty of beets, carrots, lemons, petitgrain, cardamom, pure cane sugar, and of course, rhubarb.
SAGE is a refreshing garden gin instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and of course, sage.
Tuesday night was a great night for Philadelphians everywhere. Madewell opened up at 17th and Walnut (1716 Walnut St to be precise) with a big bouncer at the door checking names off the list. Inside they were serving Art In The Age cocktails and throwing discounts around like it was nobody's business.
Highlights of the night were the Denim Bar (complimentary hemming upon request!), the assorted chambray tops, and the leopard loafers. Definitely going to have to go back for those! Mostly, I'm just excited aboutfinally having one of the best stores in my backyard. Welcome to Philadelphia Madewell! I can tell we're going to be really, really good friends.
Art in the Age - Snap: In an era replete with food-based beverages, there is very little success at authenticating the actual thng they are trying to be. Art in the Age Spirits has managed to pull this off gloriously with Snap, a spirit (it doesn’t have enough sugar content to technically be labeled liqueur) reminiscent of ginger snap cookies, but without being too confectious. Its unexpected dryness allows the natural-tasting flavors of ginger, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, molasses and butterscotch, among others, to assert themselves on the palate. It’s perfect for spicing up warm-weather cocktails, and plays well with many ingredients. Another bonus, it’s organic.