In other drinking news you can use, Rex 1516 (1516 South St.) has a new slate of seasonal cocktails to share for fall and winter, courtesy of mixologist Heather Rodkey. The list features the signature flavors of cold-weather months, local AITA spirits, and an on-trend shrub.
Upon its opening almost two decades ago, Stephen Starr’s Continental Old City strove to be considered the martini bar in Philadelphia.
Their way of giving a heads up to the city that they’ve still got it: an entire month of celebrating local spirits, and serving them on the cheap.
This November is “Local Spirit Month” at Continental Old City. Any drink made with liquor from Philadelphia Distilling, Art in the Age and Cooper Spirits will be just $4 until December 1.
In the world of Norman Porter, there’s just as much art in the act of creation as there is in the finished product. Working with the finest quality of selvage denim, Michael and David Stampler and John Mahaffey, the brawny trio behind the company, use old-fashioned methods—like hammering on anvils and hand stitching—to produce their custom denim, canvas and leather goods. Each item tagged with the name is handcrafted, from the keystone stitched into the back pocket to the holes punched in each individually crafted belt. To celebrate the local entrepreneurs, Art in the Age in Old City will be serving its spirits to those who come to bear witness to how these gentlemen create their virtually indestructible jeans and what it takes to make cowhide look like something from a Hank Williams album cover.
If you are not yet full of spirit(s), then you have only your self to blame.
Over the past weeks, I have shared with you a smorgasbord of American-made adult beverages – gin, vodka, rum, whiskey (#1) & (#2). However, in researching these posts, I have uncovered a number of other great US-made spirits that do not fit into any of my featured categories. That seemed very unfair. So, today’s post is all about the other amazing American-made spirits discoveries I’ve made.
Check them all out. (Just not all at once. That would not taste good!) These products are as diverse and as fabulous as the companies who make them.
I know my way around a proper tea steep, but when it comes to cocktails I'm clueless. And just to be clear, I've never been a fan of artificially flavored alcoholic sips. If I wanted a chocolate covered strawberry or green apple, I'd rather have a bite than a bright pink or neon green drink. But offer me a glass of a botanical spirit, and let's just say my spirits would be lifted.
The creative mixologists at Art in The Age crafted a botanical spirit that sends my mind into the garden. SAGE garden gin is instilled with rosemary, sage, thyme, dandelion, angellica, lavender...and assam black tea.
Although not usually one for alcohol brand-loyalty, I was recently introduced (by a very excited bartender) to the life-changing distillery/high-concept, Walter Benjamin-worshiping art collective Art in the Age. More specifically, I was introduced to Art in the Age’s Root Liquor, a long-lost recipe passed down from Native Americans to Settlers and eventually forgotten during prohibition. Made with Sassafras, Sarsaparilla, and Birch Bark, it is essentially 80-proof root beer, and tastes just like it sounds (perfect. it tastes perfect).