From the spirits innovator behind Hendrick’s gin, Sailor Jerry rum and the Art in the Age’s line of craft distillates comes today’s Drink of the Week—Spodee. Modeled after a Depression-era hooch of the same name, Spodee is a mix of red wine, herbs and spices and unaged whiskey. The name is a little goofy, but the taste is seriously delicious with flavors similar to a spice-forward sweet vermouth, but with a slight chocolate edge on the finish (think Tootsie Roll). It’s great on its own over a few ice cubes, or try it in a “Spodee & Sody” with an equal measure of cola. It’s currently available on shelves in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (with expanded distribution expected in the coming months), but it ships nationwide from select web retailers. $9/500 ml., superwinewarehouse.com
Recapture the spirit and flavor of childhood with a grown-up version of a root beer float. The Met Back Bay offers a twist on the traditional ice cream parlor drink with its inventive Met Root Float, made with Root spirit, house-made Cracker Jack ice cream, orange vodka, house-made vanilla syrup, and rimmed with crushed, salted peanuts.
>>>Our summertime pool party/good vibes fest/friend hang officially began a few weeks ago, but join us tomorrow night for our Beer Week Kickoff Pool Party. We’ll be launching Narragansett Summer Ale, and tunes will be spun by Lushlife, El Malito, Schoolly D, and our own Joey Sweeney. Get on it.
>>>We’re co-presenting an advance screening of Wes Anderson‘s newest film, Moonrise Kingdom, with the Philadelphia Film Society this coming Wednesday. We’ve already seen it, and it is great, and we want to see it again with you. To enter to win, email ihopeiwin[at]philebrity[dot]com with “MOONRISE KINGDOM” in the subject header.
>>>And finally, we’re giving away tickets to see Dengue Fever & Omar Souleyman at Union Transfer next Tuesday. The giveaway is the same deal as above, but substitute “MOONRISE KINGDOM” for “I’VE GOT THE FEVER.”
A brand new addition to their ‘Summer of the South’ menu, Anvil Bar in H-town is definitely a refuge for amazing cocktails all Summer long – and any time! The Savannah Deluge brings that Southern Hospitality to your lips with a bit of zest…
Art In The Age has brought us delicious liquors: Root, Snap, and Rhuby (Rhubarb Tea!) so far… and it was amazing to meet them at their organic distillery (GreenBar Collective) in downtown LA last week to try the fourth flavor, Sage! And not to play favorites, but Sage is definitely coming in as my favorite after Root! It’s delicious ~ especially in the Sageside (SAGE, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and mint) that renowned bartender, Charlotte Voisey, created! They describe it as “Instilled with organic botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel and, of course, sage. Warm on the tongue with a dry and splendidly smooth finish. Inspiring aroma with floral, woodsy notes. A deliciously unique way to reinvent vodka or gin-based cocktails.”