Art in the Age’s SNAP hits state store shelves
SNAP, the new 80-proof, ginger snap-influenced liquor from the Art in the Age folks (creators of ROOT is now on shelves in local Wine & Spirits stores, is an interesting beast indeed — it combines elements both sweet (blackstrap molasses, brown and pure cane sugars) and zingy (clove, ginger, nutmeg) for a liquid sensation so close to the experience of biting into the source-material cookie that it’s almost scary.
Fresh off the success of Root, its organic, alcoholic root tea, Art in the Age is back with another organic alcoholic treat. Snap ($33) is an 80 proof, 100% organic spirit inspired by authentic ginger snaps made with blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger, featuring flavors of both ingredients, with a hint of butter. Serve it straight, with a splash soda, or mixed with a good bourbon for a cold weather pick-me-up.
Vintage quality: Modern drink revives ancient recipe
Philadelphia – Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction <http://www.artintheage.com> has launched a spirit inspired by a recipe that dates back to the 1600s.
The drink Snap borrows an old Pennsylvanian-Dutch recipe for lebkuchen, a traditional ginger biscuit, to create a distilled drink.
Partaaaaaay (and buy Letterpressed Drop Caps)
If you missed my tweets about this in early July, there is currently a show of my letterpressed drop caps at Art in the Age in Philadelphia. If you are in or around Philly this Friday (July 30th), come and help celebrate the show with me. I’m hoping it will turn into a massive Philadelphia nostalgiafest in which I carry on my own private game of Edward Cocktail-Hands and promise everyone I am moving back “becausephiladelphiaissototallyawesome!!!1!”. See the video below for further details about the show, and if you can’t make it, no worries, drop caps will be for sale on my site very soon and you and I can have a virtual toast when you purchase one.
By Aubrey Whelan
Start your engines
Classic cars once driven for 24 Hours of Le Mans will be displayed Saturday at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Dr. The race, first held in 1923, is one of the world's best-known endurance racing competitions. Among the cars will be a 1933 Alfa Romeo that once led the race, a 1934 MG K3 Magnette that finished fourth, and a 1936 Aston Martin Le Mans, built specifically for the race. You can see the cars being driven on a three-acre lot at the museum and attend a brief lecture on their historical significance. The demonstration begins at noon, with a free museum tour at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students, free 8 and younger. Group discounts are available. Information: 215-365-7233 or simeonefoundation.org.
Tales of the Cocktail: Opening Day
In a torrid haze of summer heat, po' boys up to here and true exhilaration of a spirits industry reunion, Tales of the Cocktail is officially in full swing.
Personal highlights: Catching Jackson Cannon cleanly slicked from a dip in the Hotel Monteleone's rooftop pool, grazing on a muffaletta and boudin with Stephen Shellenberger at Napoleon House, and overhearing, "No one [outside of New Orleans] is getting a good f---king drink in a week, because everyone's here," at the William Grant & Sons house party at Elms Mansion.
Best drink of the night. The smoky, elegant Lapsong Martinez at the Beefeater bash at the Contemporary Arts Center: Beefeater 24, lillet rouge, lapsang souchong tea syrup
Most fascinating sip. ROOT liqueur by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Sweet, spicy, complex, earthy, potent yet very clean. Smells like the best, most herbaceous root beer you've ever had in your life.
Best dressed. Every man in a seersucker suit. Seriously.
P.S. The ladies of LUPEC Boston kindly request bottles of Fernet Branca to be brought to their attention. Apparently it's a rarity in these parts.