WHY GO: From its inception, Philadelphia has been a city of diverse “Makers.” Founded as a center of commerce rather than a religious colony, newcomers didn’t have to pay that irksome Church tithe, so strivers from all backgrounds sought their fortunes here. By 1740, Philadelphia was the largest city in the colonies, an engine of industry. One German observer wrote in 1754, “Pennsylvania is heaven for farmers, paradise for artisans, and hell for officials and preachers.” This “paradise for artisans” has gone through a rebirth in recent years, revitalizing Philadelphia’s flagging neighborhoods, bringing a distinctive creative energy to each. You can explore each of 14 identified neighborhoods – none more than a 15 minute walk or drive from Old City – through hot restaurants, attractions and shops. Or, become a “Maker” yourself in one of the many studios cropping up all over the city. Highlighted here are a few neighborhoods to get you started.
SHOP: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. “Art in the Age” began as a T-Shirt line and now stocks all manner of handcrafted items, aka “stuff made with thought.” Shop for jewelry, artwork, clothing and books, including upcycled accessories from wunderkinds Walter and Margeaux Kent’s Peg and Awl. Art in the Age has also partnered with the group that created Henricks Gin to distill 80 proof spirits. Though you can’t purchase bottles of these robust liqueurs named Root (from root beer), Snap (gingersnap) and Rhubarb, in the shop, you can taste them for free during Thursday Night Happy Hour and then buy them from local liquor stores.
Name: Angelika Gorokhova
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Birthday: July 3rd
Where You Bartend: Shoo-Fly Diner, Lyric Opera House
How Many Years Bartending: 5
Favorite Cocktail: Old Bay & Bacon Bloody Mary made with Bacon Vodka
Favorite Beer: Widmer Hefeweizen
Favorite Shot: Pickle-Back with Irish Whiskey!
Favorite Bar In The World To Have A Drink: Grand Cru
Angelika’s Own Signature Cocktail – Fall Favorite: “Rhu the Day”
Ingredients: (Equal Parts)
- Art in the Age Rhubarb
- Rhum Agricole (Cane Juice Rum)
Preparation: On the rocks with a splash of Pear or Apple Cider
Bolle Design cutting board | A good knife is a necessity. A great cutting board to put under it feels like an out-of-control luxury. Bolle boards, crafted in Kensington from reclaimed wood, are pretty enough to soften the blow of even the most miserable recipe failures. $175, Art in the Age, 116 N. Third St., 215-922-2600, artintheage.com.
For the entire month of November, The Continental in Old City is celebrating spirits.
No, not the kind that go bump in the night. Rather the kind that enliven your own when carefully mixed and poured for your pleasure. For the month-long celebration, The Continental has created eight cocktails that feature spirits by Art in the Age and Philadelphia Distilling.
Concoctions include the Salted Caramel Budino (Shine Salted Caramel, dark cacao, vanilla & chocolate cream, & sea salt), Bramble (Blue Coat Gin, orange liquer, fresh lemon juice, & muddled blackberry), Jim Morrison (Root with house-made chai tea cola), and more.
All Spirit Month cocktails are just $7 for the entirety of November.
You could also win entry into a free happy hour just for clicking and sharing a snapshot of your drink. The Continental shares pictures of its food and drinks all the time anyway. So ahead and add the hashtag #ContinentalOC when sharing on Instagram and get an invite to the free happy hour. Stay tuned for a date for the happy hour.
- See more at: http://philly.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/11870-Join-Continental-in-Old-City-in-Celebrating-Spirit-Month#sthash.PEEXWcVS.dpuf