AITA in Philly – Summer Guide Part II

Welcome to Part II of our summer guide on where to drink AITA in Philadelphia. Summer is slowing but there is plenty of time to enjoy an Art in the Age cocktail. Plan a night out to one of these amazing Philly restaurants and bars and ask for the following drinks – you won’t regret it!


“Rum Smash” at Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange (Mt. Airy)

SNAP, rum, muddled lemon, mint, & fresh berries

Created by: Jess Graaf


“Lady Fallon” at Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange (Mt. Airy)

RHUBARB, St. Elder, & champagne

Created by: Jess Graaf


“Summer Sangria” at Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange (Mt. Airy)

RHUBARB, white wine, blackberry brandy, orange liqueur, & fresh fruit

Created by: Jess Graaf


“Rising Sun” at Sampan / Double Knot (Center City East)

RHUBARB, strawberry shrub, & bubbles

Created by: Zach Davis


“It’s Always Sunny” at Alla Spina (North Broad)

RHUBARB, Aperol, grapefruit, lemon, & saison

Created by: Brandon Cohill


“Standard SNAP & Stormy” at Ortlieb’s (Northern Liberties)

SNAP, ginger beer, & a slice of lime

Made with love by: Kyle Costill


“SAGE Gimlet” at Fishtown Tavern (Fishtown)

SAGE, gin, lime juice, & simple syrup

Created by: Josh Shemesh


“Lehigh Lemonade” at Fette Sau (Fishtown)

Jacob’s Ghost, RHUBARB, & fresh lemon

Created by: Jess Fox



Summer Sips

Summer Sips

Beat the heat with these refreshing Art in the Age summer cocktails.

The Purple Dragon

.5 oz AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial

1.5 oz gin

.5 oz simple syrup

.5 oz lime juice

2-3 oz club soda

fresh blueberries for garnish

Combine all ingredients except AITA Blueberry in a shaker.

Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a collins glass with ice. Fill with club soda and top with AITA Blueberry. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

SAGE & Pineapple Tonic:

2 oz. SAGE

sliced fresh pineapple

fresh sage leaves

Splash of fresh pineapple juice

Tonic water

Muddle pineapple and sage leaves in a tall glass. Fill glass with ice and add SAGE. Top with tonic and add a splash of pineapple juice. Stir to combine. Garnish with a pineapple slice.

AITA in Philly – Summer Guide Part I

There’s not much better than a cold cocktail on a summer night. We’ve put together a two-part list of Philly bars and restaurants where you can indulge in a delicious Art in the Age drink. Enjoy!


SAGE Gimlet at Fare

Hendrick’s Gin, Art in the Age SAGE, simple syrup, fresh sage leaf garnish

Created by: Amber Thompson


RHUBARB Hemingway at Fare

Bacardi, Art in the Age RHUBARB, lime, grapefruit

Created by: Amber Thompson


Pickle-Tini at MilkBoy Philly

Ketel One, Art in the Age SAGE, pickle juice

Created by Evan Maffiore


Hibiscus Aguas Frescas at Tattooed Mom

*Spirit of your choice-  try SAGE, Hibiscus blossoms, fresh ginger, fresh mint

Created by Adrian Mowry


Mom’s Mule at Tattooed Mom

Art in the Age RHUBARB, Canton ginger liqueur, Barritts ginger beer, lime

Created by Adrian Mowry


Birch Beer at Continental Old City

Art in the Age ROOT, house made chai cola, Amarena syrup

Created by David Tang


Straw-Barb Champagne Cocktail (Brunch) at Front Street Cafe

Art in the Age RHUBARB, muddled strawberries, prosecco

Created by Andrew Petruzelli


Stay tuned for Part Two of our summer guide to AITA in Philly!

Inspired Brews x Philly Foodworks + The Heads of State

For First Friday August we have a very special collaborative event!  Philly Foodworks & Inspired Brews have joined forces to create the kombucha flavor: ROOTED. Art in the Age has stepped in and is making it Boozy Booch! Stop by this Friday August 5th from 6-8pm for a free kombucha cocktail and brilliant search tone artwork by The Heads of State.

We’ve put together some unique recipes combining ROOTED kombucha and our artisan spirits. Enjoy and see you Friday night!

ROOTED Slushy:

8 oz ROOTED kombucha, 2 oz AITA RHUBARB (or SAGE), Fresh fruit and mint garnish

Fill a standard ice stray with ROOTED and put in freezer until frozen. Blend kombucha ice cubes with RHUBARB until slushy forms. Garnish with fresh fruit and mint.


ROOTED Cocktail:

8 oz ROOTED kombucha, 2 oz AITA RHUBARB (or SAGE), ½ tsp. Lemon Juice (option muddle mint leaves), ½ tsp. maple syrup, splash of club soda.

Muddle mint, maple syrup, and lemon juice in shaker. Pour ROOTED and RHUBARB into shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain and garnish with mint.


ROOTED Popsicles:

16 oz ROOTED kombucha, 4 oz AITA RHUBARB (or SAGE) plus 1 tsp, 1 can of whole coconut milk, 1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract, 1 tbsp. of Maple Syrup

Place can of coconut milk in refrigerator over night to separate coconut cream. Mix ROOTED kombucha and AITA RHUBARB together and pour into popsicle molds. Remove only cream from can and mix with maple syrup, 1 Tsp of RHUBARB, and vanilla extract. Pour into popsicle molds on top of boozy kombucha. Place in freezer until frozen. Enjoy!


The Aura – Cory J. Popp

Welcome to this month’s installment of The Aura. Once a month, we’ll sit down with an artist, maker, or other creative who represents the Art in the Age philosophy.

When we started Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, we were inspired by Walter Benjamin’s 1935 essay of the same name. One of the main theories he presents is that of the aura — a quality that a piece of art has that separates it from something mass-produced. There’s an inherent value in the handmade, the one-of-a-kind, doing it the hard way instead of the cheap or easy. As Benjamin puts it, ‘Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.’

Today on The Aura, Philly filmmaker and storyteller Cory J. Popp talks about Philadelphia’s unique perspective, capturing the movement of the city, and the creative community who inspires his work.


1- How did you get started with filmmaking?

I studied Journalism at Temple but started shooting video for real estate companies when I graduated. That was my first business. Slowly, I started testing the waters by blogging for those companies and pitching video blogs for the realtors. They were open to it so I did some stories about things going on in Philly for them. The first video had a really good response — A Very Philly Christmas — so I decided to keep making videos that were more about Philly. I’ve been shooting video for almost three years now, and have worked on dozens of project all over Philadelphia.


2- What is your ideal project to work on?

I really love unique perspectives of Philadelphia and capturing the different narratives within the city. I love doing stories about people who have a really interesting job or do something that can show the city in a different way. The videos I’ve done that show different people and what they do, proves to me how diverse and rich our city is.


3- Describe your photographic style. How does it translate to your moving images?

I love time lapses and capturing time, especially sunsets in Philadelphia. It’s a simple shot, 240 photos taken every two seconds for 8 minutes, but it makes a very stunning shot. Because they show movement through time, each timelapse I capture makes that one moment in time feel more alive.


4- How does Philadelphia shape your storytelling?

I love Philadelphia as a subject because it’s all around me and because there’s a growing sense of pride Philadelphians have for their city. I love being able to show it in the positive, real way, just as I see it.


5- Who or what inspires your work?

Philadelphia has an incredible creative community that has really inspired me. The photographers, videographers, designers, craftsman, bakers, and street artists I’ve had the privilege of working with inspire me daily.


You can learn more about Cory’s vision of Philadelphia through the short videos on his website:

Celebrate 4th of July weekend

Celebrate 4th of July weekend with a Blueberry Bourbon Smash

Bourbon gets some help from the garden in this smash cocktail, with Black Trumpet Blueberry cordial, mint, and lemon.

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Bourbon Smash
1 oz AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial
2 oz bourbon
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
fresh mint leaves

Muddle mint leaves, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, bourbon, and AITA Black Trumpet Blueberry, then shake until chilled. Strain into ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with mint. Enjoy!


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You can purchase Black Trumpet Blueberry at Tamworth Distilling, through special order in PA and in select retailers in NYC. For a full list of where to buy the AITA infusions from Tamworth Distilling visit: 


Guide to AITA in PHL – Hotel Edition

Summer is here, and that means vacation! Philadelphia is our home base, so if you’re coming to visit (or simply a local, treating yourself to a night on the town) we’ve put together a list of where you can enjoy some of the city’s best Art in the Age cocktails.

 “Northeast Regional” at Bank & Bourbon, Loews Hotel. $12
ROOT, Maker’s Mark, simple syrup & an absinthe rinse
Created by: The bourbon master


 “Magic Gardens” at Square 1682, Hotel Palomar. $13
SAGE, thyme simple syrup, lime, celery juice, & dandelion bitters
created by: Dan Trotter

 “Wildwood Ave & Boardwalk” at Square 1682, Hotel Palomar. $15
ROOT, Bulleit, Ramazotti, Luxardo, & house made mole bitters
Created by: Dan Kulisek

In addition to these fine hotels, our spirits are available at Logan Hotel and always available and featured at Hotel Monaco‘s Red Owl Tavern. Check out their rotating specialty cocktails menu!

The Aura – Aubrie Costello

Welcome to this month’s installment of The Aura. Once a month, we’ll sit down with an artist, maker, or other creative who represents the Art in the Age philosophy.

When we started Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, we were inspired by Walter Benjamin’s 1935 essay of the same name. One of the main theories he presents is that of the aura – a quality that a piece of art has that separates it from something mass-produced. There’s an inherent value in the handmade, the one-of-a-kind, doing it the hard way instead of the cheap or easy. As Benjamin puts it, ‘Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.’


Today on The Aura, Philly street artist Aubrie Costello talks about memorializing big moments, listening to the sounds of the street, and being a female artist in Philadelphia.
1- Where did the idea of silk graffiti come from?
Long Story. Silk Graffiti started about 10 years ago, out of making a completely different body of work. At the time, I was doing elaborate installations consisting of mini pastel drawings of these little creepy underwater worlds full of mysterious ladies, men in top hats, and piles of things in space, and mixed media text paintings of catcalls I heard while walking around Philly. These little 2D works would share spaces with these big assemblages I made out of silk wrapped objects. They were big piles of silk bound stuff that I trash picked from around the city – ladies’ high heeled shoes, old top hats, busted vintage suitcases, broken 80’s computers, defunct shotguns… I was shredding silk into strips and meticulously wrapping these objects that I collected in fabric, then piling them up in galleries next to my little drawings on the walls. These found objects carried a back story, a history & a specific symbolism that I was drawn to and they helped unfold the story I was trying to tell. I’ve always made work in response to the times – a lot was unfolding then, it was heavy, and my installations commented on the socioeconomic inequalities, gender role issues, and uncertainty I felt living in Philly. Destroying yards of gorgeous, opulent silk was an essential process to my work then. I’ve always loved how the juxtaposition of things that don’t necessarily make sense together can tell a story when sharing the same space. The captivating allure of the light mixed with the dark, the beautiful with the damaged, has always been something I like to play with in my work. 
The idea to make word out of silk came to me on a HOT summer day in my studio in North Philly. On many smoldering days and nights, I used to sit in my studio with all the windows wide open, and instead of drawing, I’d be listening to people’s conversations and the blaring hip hop lyrics on the streets below me and writing them all down.  I was writing A LOT.  I filled a lot of notebooks. I wrote down everything that I eavesdropped from people around me (I’m a total voyeur). I also dated a graffiti artist who taught me a lot about Philly graffiti – its history, hands, tags, pieces. I got obsessed with street art – graffiti artists, street artists, outsider artists. It felt genuine, authentic and accessible. I had this itch to get out of my studio and create work outside in the streets. I wanted to create something more spontaneously, timely, authentically in the streets that I was so fascinated with. I wasn’t interested in being inside of my studio anymore. I wanted to make my mark a little differently, tell my stories in a new way, and still honor the work I had been making up until that point. So on one hot day, I took out a strand of shredded silk, some dirty nails, and started writing on the wall with it, spelling out a word from my sketchbook. The first piece I made was outside my studio door, on the wall. It said “LUST” in black dupioni silk. A week later, this piece turned into my second piece, “She Had Diamonds. She Had Demons”. That’s how it all started. I simplified my work to just a few elements. All I need now is a pile of ripped up silk, some nails, a box of dressmaker’s pins, my hammer, scissors, and my list of words. This feels really freeing. When I took the pieces outdoors on my travels and started my series, The Unravel, I watched the work build into a continuing story, each piece informing the next. It became a bigger and more meaningful body of work than anything else I had made before. You can learn more about my series & see how my stories have unfolded and continue to build on my website and on IG @xoaubriecostello / #SilkGraffitiByAubrieCostello #TheUnravel. If you can’t see my work in the flesh, it’s nice to watch the videos of my pieces whipping in the wind. The natural elements are the finishing touch to my work. When exposed to the elements, the pieces are destroyed, affirming that in nature, everything falls apart.
2- What do you draw your inspiration from when conceptualizing your installations?
I work really intuitively, so my mood inspires what I make and when I make it. Also, I like to memorialize big moments in silk – so when something extraordinary happens, like when Prince died, that inspired me to make a piece the day when I got the news. I’m on foot a lot, walking around the city looking for potential spots to hang a piece. I’m inspired to make something new when I discover a really interesting location, be it a fence, a facade, a vacant lot, a blank wall that I’m drawn to. I’m also regularly scrolling through the giant list of words & phrases I have and rereading them for inspiration. Collecting words & quotes is a non-stop process, I’m doing it all the time. I write down (or text myself) lyrics, lines pulled from poetry, television, film, advertisements, text messages I receive, conversations I’ve had, emails, love notes, you name it. I pick the phrase, make the piece, then pair it with the location that just feels right.
3- What artists inspire your work?

Lisa Yuskavage, Ghada Amer, Sophie Calle, Jenny Holzer, Tracey Emin, JR, Hot Tea, Swoon, ESPO, Curve, Texas, Gane, Karma, Spain, Mecro, Glossblack, Nosego, Billy Cress, Paige Smith, Kid Hazo, Drew Leshko, Darla Jackson, Zener, Jon Cammisa, Caitlin McCormack, Candy Chang, Candy Depew, Joe Boruchow, Lendl Tellington, Jessie Hemmons, Amberella, and too many other incredible Philly people to name…


 4- Is silk the only medium you work with?
I also still create mini pastel & graphite drawings on paper too. Hoping to delve back into that soon when I have more hours in a day.
5- How does Philadelphia shape your message and your aesthetic?
There isn’t anywhere else in this world like Philadelphia. I’ve been here a long time, I’ve stuck around & it’s made me tough. And it’s always directly influenced my art. I’ve evolved here and it has changed & stayed the same all at once. This city has made me – it’s built me up & it has broken me down. It’s beautiful & ugly at the same time. It’s love & hate. It keeps it real. It’s got hard edges. Philadelphians have a distinctive swag you can’t find in other cities. The artists here have it too. We just go out and do it. But it isn’t an easy city for a woman, my artwork is often about the difficulties I face on a day-to-day basis existing here as a female. But with all its challenges, quirks, obstacles – I still love Philadelphia. Philly has very directly shaped my message and my aesthetic – This is a great city for collaboration between creatives of all types of backgrounds and mediums. My collabs here have been strong and really important to my work. I’ve had a lot of really wonderful, meaningful collaborations here in Philadelphia and am excited to continue working with fellow creatives in the city and build together. Keep your eyes peeled for my newest street art series I’m creating with two other talented female street artists killing the game. Also, look out for an experimental film piece later this year. I’ve collaborated for the first time with an incredible collective of creatives, including a cinematographer, music producer, two modern dancers, and a poet, all from Philly. Philly is home to me. I buy all of my fabric on Historic Fabric Row, pins from a local trimmings shop, nails from the local hardware store, all spots on the same street I once lived on and have worked on for almost a decade. I make pretty & imperfect art from materials I find in my own backyard and I adorn the streets that share the same exact qualities. This place is pretty & imperfect all at once. And it’s shifting, evolving, advancing, falling apart, being rebuilt, being destroyed, all the time, just like the art I make. Philly is changing so rapidly but I feel like old Philly will forever stick around, persevere somehow. I hope to keep embellishing the blocks with my little memorials to a place near and dear to my heart for as long as this city will have me.
You can view more of Aubrie’s work on her website or on her Instagram.