Recipient: Your college kid brother (the one who needs to outgrow “Natty Lite” and move on to something a bit classier).
Tasty and Useful Gifts for Food Lovers
Small indulgences can make a big impression when it comes to holiday gift giving. Sweet treats, posh liquors, and stylish kitchen tools are at the top of our list.Teroforma Whiskey Stones Milled from Vermont soapstone, these innovative little cubes chill your premium liquor without diluting it. Natural soapstone has the unique ability to retain temperature for extended periods of time and its naturally soft texture won’t scratch delicate glassware. The bag stones come in a set of nine cubes and muslin bag that’s easy to store in the freezer. To chill your drink, pop in a few stones, let stand for five minutes and enjoy! Stones can be rinsed, dried and re-chilled.
Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction Tote
If you haven’t been able to stomach Walter Benjamin’s manifesto on art and aura by text, create the illusion that you have through tote.
'Art in The Age' ROOT is based on old Root Tea medicinal infusions that date back to the 1700s where settlers learned of the value of these North American herbs from the Native Americans (talk about Thanksgiving! ). Because of the purifying and preservative power of alcohol, it was added to the herbs and then finally . . . a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down. 100% organic neutral grain spirit mixed with roots, herbs, spices, citrus and pure cane sugar-- this stuff is delicious!. The nose is sweet with birch, mint, oily spices and sugarcane honey. Flavors move on your palate bouncing it seems from the Wintergreen, and then with delicate . . . finesse birch, vanilla, citrus, clove and allspice in a bed of clean sweet taste reveal themselves. On the finish everything resolves and finally the smoked tea shines clearest here as does the nutmeg. A masterful achievement and a joy to drink--terrific neat and even better with ice, also amazing used in a great cocktail.
Getting To The Root Of It All
ROOT is a newly released organic spirit produced by Art In The Age, boasting to be a 'rustic spirit inspired by a potent 18th century Pennsylvania folk recipe', which is an alcoholic version of what eventually evolved into Birch or Root Beer. Art In The Age also states that ROOT is "The 1st truly authentic American liqueur since the pre-prohibition era." These are interesting claims, but the icing on the cake for this spirit is that it is USDA certified organic! With recognizable fall flavors like clove, cinnamon, birch, lemon, star anise and wintergreen, this 80 proof liqueur is definitely no schnapps! ROOT drinks like a very earthy bourbon. The recipe is based on root tea and almost has a moonshine essence to it. ROOT would interest even the staunchest bourbon drinkers and with a splash of organic gingerale please any crowd.
Root Down Rewind
Last night’s ROOT cocktail making contest was a “spiritful” night out downtown. The local bartenders (from Bossa Nova, SOBA, Firehouse Lounge, Embery, Yo Rita and more) shook, stirred and poured the night away at Bossa Nova making some fanciful cocktail creations. The drinks included glassware from tall to small, and varied ingredients from ginger root to nutmeg to chocolate syrup. The judges, which included Rick Sebak of WQED TV, Liz Fetchin of Pittsburgh Magazine and Craig Mrusek of Dr. Bamboo, really seemed to enjoy all the drinks throughout the evening.