Jessica Hische letterpress drop caps
Typographer extraordinaire Jessica Hische has selected her favourite letters from her Daily Drop Caps series and had them beautifully letterpressed in bold red and black. I love the idea of buying a few and spelling out a word with them for a big impact - they're just $40 each from her store.
Here's a nice video of Jessica talking about her caps and the letterpress printing process, which was shot at her solo show at Art in the Age in Philadelphia.
2 oz Root Liqueur
1/2 oz Rich Demerara Syrup
1 Whole Egg
Shake once without ice and once with, strain into a fizz glass, and top with pale ale (Sierra Nevada).
Normally, I do not like to post recipes that require specialized ingredients that I have not seen on the market, but this drink was damn tasty. And it also used a beer float to a great effect which is always a bonus in my book. Root is a liqueur based on Colonial recipes for root tea that was brewed from sassafras, sarsaparilla, and wintergreen birch bark amongst other roots and herbs. With the temperance movement at the end of the 19th century, this spiritous brew morphed into root beer soda. While Art in the Age's version does not use sassafras (banned by the U.S. government in the 1960s), they have tried to replicate the flavor as best as possible. So far it seems that their current day product has not moved too far from Pennsylvania yet.
The Weekend Guide
Philadelphia Events and Diversions
What: Jessica Hische displays her innovative typography from the Daily Drop Cap project.
Why: Free Root liquor.
When: Thru Aug. 29. Reception, Fri., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 116 N. Third St. (215-922-2600). Admission is free.
Art in the Age Ginger Rye
Most of us have been drinking since middle school – but, who among us has ever had Rye? This old whiskey variant is something fur trappers drank in the 1800s. Now, with the advent of Snap!, a small-batch liquor made from (honest-to-goodness) ginger snap cookies, there’s finally a mixer that blends with Rye. Try it out. If the sweet, tart & dry taste doesn’t do it for you, at least you can use it to start a fire or remove paint. And on it’s own, the Snap! is tasty.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Spirits preview of products is most promising
There is something about Tales of the Cocktail, the huge spirits industry conference that has been held here every July for eight years, that leads one to make epic pronouncements about booze.
Take, for instance, this one from F. Paul Pacult: "Gin is such a lovely invention. There is the wheel, and then there's gin."
Pacult, a critic and the publisher of the influential newsletter Spirits Journal, made that observation during a session on how to "Hone Your Sensory Skills to a Higher Level."