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Fill with holiday cheer

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Baby, it’s cold outside. How about some holiday spirits to warm you up?

While a good, stiff eggnog will never let you down, Boston bartenders are serving up more interesting takes on holiday classics.

“Traditional drinks are great, hot toddies or something in a snifter while sitting around the fire at home,” Eastern Standard bar manager Kevin Martin said. “But with a little work there are some really fun things you can do. You can do twists on Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. You can use those hard spices like allspice to evoke the season.”

If you’re up for the work, the rewards are worth it. If your idea of fixing a drink is pouring a Narragansett into a pink glass, stop by one of the bars below and have an expert set you up.

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5 inventive champagne cocktails for New Year's Eve

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Nothing says New Year's Eve quite like some bubbly. But for your New Year's party, do you really want to offer just another glass of champagne (we're sorry, sparkling wine) on a night that is ushering in the exciting and new? Well now you don't have to. We asked five area bartenders to create an original cocktail that you can re-create at your own holiday party. Each of these cocktails is made with a $20-or-less bottle of "champagne," so they won't break your party budget.

How to make the Root Beer Royale

1 organic egg (white)

1 tsp. simple syrup

1 tsp. heavy cream

2 oz. Art in the Age "Root" Organic Liqueur

1 oz. dark rum (Beatnik uses Kraken)

Fantinel Prosecco Extra Dry (approx. $12)

Large ice cubes

Chill large martini glass. Open the Fantinel and have it ready. In a tall cocktail shaker, add the egg, simple syrup, heavy cream, liqueur and rum, in that order. Fill shaker with large ice cubes and shake ingredients vigorously for at least 30 seconds until the metal shaker bottom is frosted and getting too cold to hold. Strain into chilled martini glass 2/3 full and top with the prosecco.

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Happy Holidays and... A Festive Drink Recipe

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Yes, it is that time of year again.  Time for a good, stiff festive drink!

We found what looked to be an interesting recipe.   And with the help of Brother Kent and GamGam we found all the ingredients.  We used Templeton Rye.  The VERY BEST rye whiskey, in our opinion, and it's produced right here in Iowa.  But, alas, we couldn't find any of the other exotic ingredients in our home state.   That's where Brother Kent and GamGam come in.   Brother Kent picked up the St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram at the Village Bottle Shoppe in Lafayette, Indiana and the Punt e Mes vermouth at Lambrecht's Liquors in St. Joseph, Michigan.  GamGam found the root-beer liqueur produced by Art in the Age at Tiffany's Wine and Spirit Shoppe in Kalamazoo, Michigan.    

When it was time to mix, GamGam taught us how to create a twist of orange.  What fun!  How festive!

 Instead of making cocktails one at a time, borrowing a mixology trend, we prepared them in batches and served with flair.

 Most of us agreed we liked this strange brew, a spiced wintery cocktail.  Even GamGam who after a few declared, "it tastes like a dental office smells."  So, naturally, we christened our holiday drink The Root Canal.

 12 ounces bonded rye

12 ounces Punt e Mes vermouth

3 ounces root-beer liqueur (preferably Art in the Age Root) 

1 1/2 ounces allspice liqueur (preferably St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram) 

24 ounces water

Combine the ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Chill for at least 4 hours, until very cold. Serve on the rocks with orange twists.

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Top Shops in Philadelphia to Buy Raw Denim

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 The city of Philadelphia can get a bad rap but what’s often shrugged off as the home of just cheesesteaks and Rocky Balboa has undergone an amazing cultural revival in the past few years. As New York has steadily priced out anyone who wants to try anything new, many visionaries in food, fashion, art and drink aren’t looking to Brooklyn but Philly to start their next venture.

As progressive bars, restaurants, and galleries have sprung up in neighbourhoods like Olde City, Northern Liberties, and East Passyunk so too have menswear boutiques catering to a new interest in raw denim. Take a good look below as we count off the best places to get and stay raw in the city of brotherly love.

Art in the Age is the nexus of refined alternative culture in Philadelphia. Like the name implies, the store stocks products of the past still living in the present. Edison lightbulbs, hand-stitched quilts, and hatchets sit alongside Gitman Bros. Vintage shirts, Battenwear fleeces and selvedge denim fromTellasonRaleigh Denimand Philly’s own Norman Porter.

Such an eclectic collection could come off as contrived, but Art in the Age is so plugged into the local art scene – they constantly rotate work from local artists in a gallery corner of the shop – that it feels more like a representation of the area instead of romantic fantasy. Their house line of spirits are also worth a stop in on their own – I’m particularly fond of their Root – catch their happy hour between 4 and 6 every Thursday for a free taste.

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Last Minute Shopping Local Gift Guide For Him

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We're making a list, and checking it twice in style for the sake of well-dressed men here in Philadelphia. Philly 360° is giving you the ultimate gift guide to shopping for guys this season. So whether you're ballin' on a budget, looking for something extraordinary or looking for the best local digs, we've got you. As the holidays are in full swing, you want to give presents that are thoughtful, affordable and always on trend.

Art in the Age

Where: 116 N. 3rd Street

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Pick: Columbia Knit Imperial Purple Watch Hat 

Cost: $14

Real men dare to wear purple in the winter! Knit is a back and on trend for men this year. This beanie has a warm, cozy feel to it for those brisk city days and nights. make sure you check out all of the cool products at the Art in the Age store. Everything is commissioned, created and curated by the Art in the Age team.

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Papa's Cough Medicine

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I’ve covered Art in the Age’s ROOT Liqueur before, and while I haven’t quite found a cold cocktail that I love with it yet, it makes a hot tea to die for, and probably the best cough remedy I can think of, particularly when you use a ton of lemon with it. The recipe is simple (of course):

Papa’s Cough Medicine (by Greg Mays)

  • in a mug, add:
  • 1 1/2 oz ROOT
  • juice of 1 mini orange or lemon
  • top with boiling water
  • if needed, add sugar or honey to taste

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