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Celebrate National Hot Toddy Day With This Delicious Recipe

01/11/2014
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Thanks to our friends over at Art in the Age, we have a delicious recipe for you to celebrate with during National Hot Toddy Day today! With tastes of honey, ginger, lemon, and SNAP organic liquor (think gingersnap cookie flavor), this Polar Vortex just got a little warmer. Enjoy the recipe below!

Buttered SNAP Hot Toddy from Art in the Age

Ingredients:

4 parts SNAP

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

2 lemon slices

12 parts hot water (just below boiling)

1 tsp butter

Directions:

Divide the first four ingredients between two heatproof cups or mugs. Add the hot water and then divide the butter between the cups. Steep for 3-4 minutes before drinking.

Remember, great cocktails start with responsible measuring!

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Art In The Age Debuts New Warby Parker Display

01/10/2014
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Shoppist received word back in November that Art In The Age was gearing up to overhaul their Warby Parker display and, boy, yesterday’s revamp didn’t disappoint. The new display houses more optical frames and sunglasses, as well as additional mirrors to admire your peepers. The hipster specs are only available 13 places nationwide, so while their home try-on is super-convenient, we prefer the trip to Old City to see the 100+ pairs in-person. Our picks? A dreamy pair from the Leith Clark collaboration for a dash of whimsy (think jet black cat-eyes and pseudo-floral spectacles). Tip: Place your Warby Parker order in-store and score $5 off your purchase.

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Home Bar-Hopping: Rachel Furman's Los Feliz Smoke & Honey Whiskey Bar

01/10/2014
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The other night, Rachel Furman, bartender and national brand ambassador for Art in the Age, was talking to her girlfriends about a recent date. She and her prospective suitor had gone to a bar, but since the lighting and music were horrible, she ended up taking him to her favorite whiskey bar in all of L.A., maybe the world, instead... at her apartment. “Smoke & Honey” is Furman's bar inside her Los Feliz studio apartment, where there’s perfect (read: flattering) lighting, a turn table with a stack of records, and all her favorite scotch. What better way to spend the wee hours of the morning?

When she first moved into her Los Feliz abode, Rachel was conflicted over creating a dining room or outfitting the space as a bar. “I was just thinking of what I wanted to have happen here and what I want to use the space for. But the opportunity to have some people over for drinks, it’s a little bit more casual, and I felt like it would [encourage me to entertain] more.”

Her home bar, which she says doubles as an office, is composed of three major components: two red bar stools (which she claimed from her grandmother’s basement), a quilted vintage bar she nabbed up for a mere $100 from a thrift store in Philadelphia, and a shelf stocked with her favorite booze.

Even though you’d think her enviable liquor collection, which includes the impossible-to-find Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9, would steal the show, it’s all about the knickknacks: that ‘70s painting of a stormy sea, the glass cake platter for cigars and cigarettes, a guest sign-in book filled with Polaroids of past guests, and the Sailor Jerry ship’s wheel plaque she got on her last day working for the brand. “I think the key to a good bar... good drinks are just one small part of it. There has to be good lighting, good music, and then something to talk about,” says Rachel.

She would never open her own bar—“I don’t want the stress of it”—but she loves to play pretend. “I definitely geek out on it and write my drink specials on a chalkboard for the day. I’ll even write up a menu and print it out.”

Home Bar Breakdown

NAME |  Smoke & Honey Whiskey Bar. 
“Smoke and honey is what I love most in a scotch. I love the flavor notes and just think it’s a fun balance. Smoke is the bad-ass side and honey is the homemaker side, so I thought it was fitting for my home bar.”

THEME | ‘60s and ‘70s. 
“I think I was born in the wrong era. I was meant to be a ‘60s housewife and somehow I ended up here. I really love entertaining and making guests feel special and welcomed. The ‘60s and ‘70s was a time of having people over, entertaining. It’s very Mad Men style.”

INSPIRATION |  The L.A. Athletic Club
"I love how they combine old antiques and nostalgia pieces (like an old racquet) with modern design (like houndstooth chairs and kitschy pillows) and simple, classic cocktails. I want my home bar to feel upscale but old at the same time. And do you see the record player and the records above it? Well at El Prado, across from the Echo, the bartenders will play records while they’re bartending. It’s so different from just sticking your iPod in. I really love the style of El Dorado down in San Diego. They have a huge boar head or something on the wall, and just a little bit of that retro-’70s style.”

MUSIC | Jimi Hendrix, ‘70s soul and funk, garage rock for hanging out at the bar, and big band and swing when the girls are over for champagne. 
“Pandora’s Old Delta Blues is the best.”

INVENTORY | Whiskey 
Seven Grand is one of my biggest inspirations. They have such an amazing whiskey collection. So I have a lot of bourbon, a lot of whiskey, a lot of scotch. Obviously my favorite is Balvenie. The other thing I’ve just been really into lately is liqueurs and amaros.”

COCKTAIL DU JOUR | Sage White Negronis
“I had a couple of girlfriends over last night and I was making Sage White Negronis with equal parts Sage, Suze, and Lillet Blanc. Just put an orange peel in it. It was easy and I didn’t have to squeeze any limes or lemons.”

CROWN JEWEL | A William Grant & Sons special release
“I have some scotches that I will open and drink and others that I’m trying to save, but it’s really hard to. William Grant & Sons did a special release for the matriarch of the William Grant family. Her name was Janet Sheed Roberts and she lived to be 110. She was the oldest woman in all of Scotland. When she passed away they did this commemorative bottle and made a special logo that was a dog and the slippers that she always used to wear. It’s a fun conversation piece. Especially if people are coming over and drinking scotch, it’s fun to just talk about some of these cooler bottles.”

SOURCES | Vintage 
“You can find anything from the Goodwill to Barkeeper. Barkeeper has really nice stuff that they went treasure hunting for, so they’ve done the work for you. But I find a lot of my stuff on eBay, which is the best place to look. But in L.A. there are so many prop places selling vintage stuff for movies that you can find some gems. There's also Craigslist if you’re looking for furniture like bar stools and bars.”

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Check Out a Weird New Spirits Line Made from Rhubarb and Sage

01/09/2014
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It’s only fitting that Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction‘s name is a mouthful, because the liquor company’s four unique spirits (Root, Snap, Rhubarb and Sage) are distilled — and not merely flavored — with their signature ingredients, making them immediately palatable. The spirits are based on old recipes, with intriguing backstories, that date back to the colonial times in Philadelphia, where the company is currently based.

Root comes from an original Native American recipe for root tea, consisting of sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs — which they taught to early settlers. It’s truly an original, thanks in part to its unique herbal flavor. Snap, on the other hand, is the celebration of the “Lebkuchen,” a genuine Pennsylvania Dutch ginger snap distilled with booze. A bit sweeter than the other three spirits, it has a buttery and spicy flavor with hints of vanilla and molasses, and long ginger finish with an amazing aroma.

As for the Rhubarb Tea, it stems from a recipe created by botanist John Bartram that Benjamin Franklin was supposedly fond of. As the story goes, Franklin brought back the first rhubarb seeds from Europe to America as a present for Bartram. Inspired, Bartram, concocted a refreshing garden tea with vegetables, herbs and spices to showcase his new prize. In re-creating this mythic recipe, Art in the Age transformed it into an 80-proof spirit with a tangy rhubarb flavor followed by a pleasant herbaceous aftertaste that’s like no other liquor around.

Meanwhile, Sage pays homage to the homemade garden gins of Thomas Jefferson and his generation. (Technically, Sage is not a gin since it’s missing juniper.). It’s infused with an array of botanicals ingredients including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel and sage that would have been found in Jefferson’s Monticello gardens. The end result is a sippable garden gin with a woodsy flavor just right for cocktail making.

Speaking of cocktails, if you’re more of a mixer than a sipper, head to Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’s site for classics made herbaceous.

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Hawktails recipe: Hauschka Sour

01/08/2014
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Hauschka Sour
by Jeshua Madden of the Gerald

1 1/2 ounces Sun Liquor Gun Club gin
3/4 ounce lime
3/4 ounce  sour apple liqueur
1/2 ounce Art in the Age sage liqueur
1/4 ounce simple syrup
1 Egg white
Sage leaf garnish

Put all the ingredients into a mixing glass and shake hard for ten seconds without  ice. Then add the ice and shake hard for another ten seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe and float a small sage leaf on top.

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POLAR VORTEX PICKS

01/07/2014
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As the East Coast prepares for the onslaught of a polar vortex, we're reminded of the importance of being properly prepared for the cold. Here's a short list of some of our favorite items that help us beat the freezing temps.

1. Patagonia's Karsten Jacket

2. Columbiaknit Chunky Cap — (Navy pictured)

3. Long underwear — the Woolpower set over at the Woodlands Shop looks super well made and perfect for the single digit temps.

4. Warm beverages — fresh brewed coffee, or loose leaf tea. My current rig utilizes a Chemex brewer with Reanimator Coffee beans.

5. Spirits — Art in the Age's ROOT is an organic, locally distilled, Root Tea that makes for some tasty & warming drinks.

What are your go-to's for keeping warm in the winter months? Let us know over at our twitter account : @fwdandaft

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