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.
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.
I've had a bottle of Snap for a while, but I've only used it a few times. I did a tasting of it when I first brought it home and I made a "Dark & Snappy" with it once. The bottle has sat untouched all summer, since I don't think Snap is a particularly summery spirit. But I pulled it out the other day and mixed it with some fresh apple cider and really enjoyed it.
-Mix 6 oz apple cider with 2 oz Snap. Rim the glass with honey and cinnamon. Garnish with an apple slice.
(Recipe adapted from here.)
Have you tried any of the Art in the Age spirits? I was first introduced to them when I was living in Philadelphia, but they're more widely available now. I've seen them at Whole Foods. They're putting out a fifth spirit next year and I'm so excited to find out what it will be!
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.