That's what I want.
If you follow developments in the cocktail world, then you're aware of the explosion of bitters, the revival of defunct or obscure ingredients like Creme Yvette and genever, and at long last the availability of non-rotgut unaged whiskeys. I strongly suspect in the next couple years you'll be hearing about the creation of "distinctly American" spirits. Cocktails have always been a Tex-Mex/Japanese pizza sort of fusion of European spirits (gin, liqueurs, etc), medicinal products (tonic water, bitters), and citrus, in a uniquely American combination. Some of those spirits have settled down and relocated on our soil -- bourbon and American rye are certainly much more common in cocktails than Scotch or Irish whiskey, there are distinctly American styles of gin, and distilleries like Prichard's and Tuthilltown Spirits have reclaimed rum distilling, once the most common distilled product in the US.
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Mother’s Day Deals
If you spend $50 at this eclectic Old City boutique between now and May 9, you’ll receive gift wrap and a complimentary box of (local!) John & Kira’s chocolates.
Through May 9
For starters, plant yourself in front of some pros
Need some expert advice? In the market for cool gardening stuff? Start with the pros at your local nursery and check the calendar of events at these gardening resources.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th St., 215-988-8800, www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org.
PHS offers free workshops at various locations around town. Call 215-988-8872 for locations and info about these upcoming programs.
Beer of the Week: Narragansett Lager
Brewery: Narragansett Brewing Co.
Style: American Adjunct Lager
Country of Origin: United States
Region: Rhode Island
Appearance: ‘Gansett pours a pale gold with a slight orange hue and finishes to a light, sudsy head of fine bubbles.
Smell: The nose is clean and crisp, but a bit corny. The sweetness of the malt body obscures the hop profile, which may be floral? It’s anybody’s guess. The alcohol note is slight but perceptible.
Cheap weekend thrills: FREE BLUES
House of Blues free local show series launch with Bearstronaut, Earthquake Party and DJ Die Young
Starting Saturday and several nights a week at 9 p.m., 15 Lansdowne St. in the Fens; 21-plus, FREE
A night on the town along Lansdowne Street - whether it be a concert or a Red Sox [team stats] game - doesn’t come cheap these days. So props to the House of Blues for offering a free, local angle to its live music experience. Starting Saturday, the 150-capacity front room restaurant at the House of Blues will host free local music shows, open to both the public and ticket holders for concerts in the main hall. The dance-minded stylings of Bearstronaut, Earthquake Party and DJ Die Young help kick things off, and future gigs include Drug Rug (May 5 and 6), Doomstar (May 12) and the Hush Now (June 2). With free admission, $3 Narragansetts and a $5 food menu, it’s easy on the wallet.