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Art in the Age store makes Where Traveler's list of spots to shop in Philadelphia

10/16/2014
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At Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (116 N. Third St., Phila., 215.922.2600), the shopping experience is as unexpected as the store's unique moniker. Since 2008, the flagship Old City location has served as a hub for Philadelphia's free thinkers and artistic innovators. The vintage sign that hangs above the door invites customers into a creative and welcoming retail environment. In addition to carrying the entire Art in the Age line of private label tees, the store stocks clothing and accessories like vests, hats, jackets and cuff links. As part of its mission to create a strong sense of community, Art in the Age collaborates with local students and vendors to create limited-edition products. The store also hosts performances and exhibitions by artists, musicians and authors.

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SAGE in a side-by-side taste test at The Gin Is In

10/16/2014
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Wheeler’s Western Dry Gin from Santa Fe Spirits captures the essence of place through the use of many botanicals native to New Mexico, and of importance to New Mexico heritage. For example, the Osha root[known to Native peoples' as Bear Root, so-called as legend says it was discovered by observing a bear consuming it] is a local medicine, historically used for aches. Then take the Cholla cactus, whose blossoms are reputed to have a faintly “cucumber” like flavor. Throw in sage [the aroma of the desert] and juniper, each individually distilled, then combined, and you have a distinctly New Mexican gin.

Tasting Notes

Vividly and powerfully aromatic, at even first blush, bright sage, with a wet sagebrush after a spring rain aroma, leading you into some deeper juniper notes, with earthy depth in the lower notes. Very bright and inviting, though it could easily be mixed up from aroma along with Art in the Age’s Sage Spirit, but more on that later.

The palate offer a significantly more complex bouquet or notes to unravel. At first, a touch of a floral lift, with a stab of sage oil, the mid-notes are richly complex with at first vegetal, crisp, green notes, then some sweeter, spicier hints. You get some crisp, recognizable juniper here, before a hint of citrusy sweetness giving way to a long sage note that dominates the finish. Crisp and bright. Although there’s no doubt that sage is the leading note here, the other botanicals compliment and round it out nicely.

Comparative Sage-Spirits studies

I decided to try Wheeler’s Gin in a side by side neat taste test with Art in the Age’s Sage spirit. Since I had the latter for a project I was working on around botanical spirits, it was worth comparing. While both compliment the sage with other botanical notes, it’s interesting how the fennel and rosemary lift in Sage, largely dominant in the finish, parallel similar balance and complexity in the gin. Whereas Sage has stronger Sage note up front and in the middle, Wheeler’s juniper, angelica, and coriander offer a spicier, definitely gin like, but more balanced middle note.

I quite like both spirits, but side-by-side, it’s very clear which one is a gin, and it also helps highlight the way some of the more traditional gin compliments can be used to color in the lower notes of a spirit.

Anyway, let’s get back to the cocktails.

Cocktails

At first, we mixed it up in a Dunhill’s Special. For those of you unfamiliar with this century old cocktail, it’s composed of equal parts Vermouth, Sherry and Gin. Add a dash of curacao, stir and strain. The nose was sweet sherry and brown sugar. The palate was wonderful and complex: safe up front, citrus in the middle, ripe grapes, cooked cherries and then lemon as the low notes unfolded with a touch of creamy richness. The sage note was lovely, and very complimentary.

We then put it to test in a 4:1 Martini. The Sage works beautifully side by side, adding a badly needed bright list to the darker herbal characters of the Vermouth. Hardly traditional, but very good as its own sort of cocktail.

We then tried it in a Gin and Tonic with Liber and Co.’s Tonic Syrup (). Surprisingly quiet at first, with cinnamon, nutmeg, sage and cloves in a bright spicy flourish. It has that nice bright sage-note quality, though this time complimenting it with a fresh floral lift, enhanced by the tart sweetness of the syrup.

Finally, we tried Wheeler’s Gin in a Gimlet. A little bit of the earthy spice complimented the acidic notes from the lime. There was a tart, puckering, citric acid punch, with sage again dominant on the finish. Quite nice.

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Price:  $32 /  750mL
Proof: 80
Origin: 
  New Mexico, United States
Availability:
 New Mexico and Online
Rating:  People who don’t like  it will probably say “too much sage” and not “enough juniper.” Fans of contemporary style gins will find that the sage, while certainly the star, isn’t singing alone. The balance here elevates Wheeler’s Gin above other strong, single-note contemporary gins. It’s a bold statement of a gin that rather than tossing out all the rules, uses the traditional gin formula as a stepping stone towards something new, and quintessentially “New Mexico.”

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"Spiced Pumpkin Carriage" Cocktail with SNAP at One Raw Bite

10/13/2014
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Everyone is pumpkin crazy anymore. It is pretty much pointless to deny it any longer- you need more pumpkin in your life. I think our current obsession might be because all the kids who grow up loving Halloween. So we reach and grab things vaguely related to Halloween that are more adult- like horror movie marathons. Or costume runs in graveyards. I feel like we clutch to pumpkins because of jack o’ lanterns. Maybe not. But I am not going to stop eating them.

I thought I would take it up a notch and make a drink just for vegans with pumpkins: The Spiced Carriage. There are two secrets to the cocktail- homemade pumpkin spice syrup and Snap. Snapis a spirit made by Art in the Age of Reproduction. They have several spirits that are inspired by old practices or traditions from American settlers. Snap has the perfect mix of spices that give the drink an extra depth. You can buy it online with Hi-Time Wine or you can search their store locator.

Alexa came down to visit, and I knew I had to give her this cocktail. I also wanted to brainstorm names. I haven’t been too creative with food names, and cocktails usually have names that are more fun. Alexa came up with “The Spicy Ginger (Babe)” but my husband voted for my more fairytaled themed “Spiced Pumpkin Carriage”

I think I can safely say this is sort of like a Pumpkin Spice Latte in cocktail form. Okay there isn’t any coffee elements to it, but has that similar creamy and warm pumpkin feeling to it. Though I am now seeing that I could of put in a little Kona and gotten some yummy results. Oh well. Maybe next year…

You’ll have to turn on the stove to make this cocktail. Well, you don’t have to, but if you want it to taste the best you should. I made a custom syrup for this drink, which can be used in coffee, or to sprinkle on top of desserts. Below is the recipe and you totally will want to make it ahead of time.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup rice milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 allspice berry
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree.

Instructions

  • Put sugar and rice milk in a small pot and bring to boil, dissolving all the sugar.
  • Add all spices and pumpkin puree and cook for 5-10 minutes on low heat.
  • Let syrup cool for another 10 minutes and strain through a cheese cloth to separate the spices from the syrup.
  • Store in refridgerator

What if you don’t want to make a homemade syrup? Just look around on Amazon- there are tons of vegan pumpkin spice syrups. Just look for syrups that are clear and always check the labels. Some clear syrups still have some milk present in it, so you can never be too safe. But I recommend making your own syrup. It is really rewarding.

Now for the REAL recipe:

Spiced Pumpkin Carriage

Serves 1

A pumpkin spice cocktail using Snap and Whiskey

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce Pumpkin Spice Syrup (2 tbsp or 1/8 cup)
  • 1 ounce Bullet Rye Whiskey (2 tbsp or 1/8 cup)
  • 2 ounces Snap Spirit (4 tbsp or 1/4 cup)
  • 2 ounces sweetened Rice Milk (4 tbsp or 1/4 cup)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or jar. Shake until mixed.
  • Pour into an old fashioned glass and place a big ice cube in drink.
  • Enjoy

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"Lose Your Prohibition Punch" with Art in the Age's SNAP

10/09/2014
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Lose Your Prohibition Punch
(serves several cocktails)
2 cups Twelve Five Rye
1/2 cup Art in the Age Snap
1/4 cup Yellow Chartreuse
1 cup homemade Gala apple puree
1/2 oz. lemon juice
3/4 oz. brown sugar simple syrup
Shake, serve up.
Add nutmeg to taste.

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Art in the Age joins local PA artisans for Starlight Pumpkin Dinner

10/09/2014
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The Starlight Pumpkin Dinner is the third in a harvest dinner series hosted by Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast in West Chester, PA. Guest will enjoy an evening of socializing with fun, creative, fellow foodies while they enjoy the amazing menu put together by Triple Fresh Catering. Local artisans including the Farm at Doe Run, Art in the Age, Inspired Brews, Jackalope Heart, and Juniper & Dash come together to create a unique experience that will leave guests hungry for more and a phone full of Instagram­able moments.

Hosted by Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast {699 West Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19382} on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 from 6:00­9:00pm. Early bird tickets are available through October 6th at $65 per person. Regular priced dinner ticket is $75 per person. Cocktails begin at 6pm with a variety of harvest pumpkin hors d'oeuvres. Then sit on the patio and enjoy a cheese board from The Farm at Doe Run, soup, salad, entree, and dessert.

These dinners have been a great way for people to come together with common interests and tastes. The past two, Strawberry Moonlight and Twilight Peach, were met with such enthusiasm we knew the series needed to continue. A fun reason to get out and enjoy the lovely Fall season and enjoying delicious food.

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Art in the Age Spirits and Spodee Wine at the Philadelphia Kinfolk Dinner

10/09/2014
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If you browse through past Kinfolk dinners you’ll see it isn’t the type of gathering you need to wear your most flashiest of outfits to. It’s about the people sitting next to you and across from you, and breaking bread with them. We love seeing the outcome of each dinner – the florals (of which this one had plenty, considering it took place at Terrain), and how local artisans come together. The dinner that recently took place in Philly just felt so right to share as we enter into a new season where gatherings, food, and creating a warm atmosphere are on the mind. As always, we hope these inspire pretty ideas for all your life’s parties, weddings included!

Simply beautiful.

 

photography: Parker Fitzgerald / venue: Terrain-at-Styer’s / spirits: Art in the Age Craft Spirits / cheese: JarlsbergWoolwich Dairy / greens: Blue Moon Acres / tea: Teaspoons & Petals / desserts: Brown Betty Desserts / wine: Galer Estate WinesSpodee Wine / stationery: Lilikoi Design + Letterpress / videography: Sea Chant / florals: Sullivan Owen Floral and Event Design / decor: West Elm / menu illustration: Anja Mulder / letterpress: Type A Press / goods: Apolis Global / artisan: Nest / farming: Happy Cat Farm / bakery: Wild Flour Bakery

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