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Rhuby Barby Cocktail

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My housemate Rachel is quite the amateur mixologist. A couple weeks ago, some friends held a song-themed cocktail contest. Basically, this is a group of people who like to get together to sing old songs and drink. So try not to be too weirded out when I say that this drink is inspired by an old English hymn called Barby. Rachel created this delicious rhubarb cocktail. It is pink (like Barbie), a little sour, and oh so refreshingly delicious. We’ve made this drink a couple times since the contest and agree that it is a perfect spring drink. It looks girly but is much less saccharine than most mixes.

This recipe calls for rhubarb spirit and rhubarb juice- two unusual ingredients. Fear not, they are easier come by than you would think! The rhubarb spirit comes from a  local craft distillery called Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction. If you are a Philly local, you can pick it up there. If not, vanilla infused vodka or another neutral spirit will work fine (just add more rhubarb juice). To make the rhubarb juice, you can either run rhubarb stalks through a juicer or make juice by boiling the rhubarb. I found a great recipe from Serious Eats that involves cutting the rhubarb stalks into cubes and then boiling and straining the cubes. We made a lot of juice ahead of time and have kept it in the fridge. It lasts a couple weeks in the fridge, or you can freeze it in ice cube trays for later use.

Rhuby Barby Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • rhubarb spirit
  • rhubarb juice
  • honey or simple syrup
  • chopped mint plus more for garnish
  • ice

Mix together equal parts rhubarb spirit and rhubarb juice- one shot-glass-full of each works nicely. Stir in the honey till it dissolves. Add the chopped mint and ice and shake (in a cocktail shaker if you have it- we used a glass jar). Fill your cup with more ice. Pour the cocktail into your cup through a strainer. Garnish with more mint. Enjoy!

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Rhuby Barby Cocktail


Philadelphia Road Trip

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Earlier this week I linked up with my guys from Bird Bath Cabal and we took a quick trip to Philly for an interactive conversation with Marcus Troy moderated by Jesse Jones. The event was coordinated and hosted by CultureSnobs, a creative agency that focuses on interpreting culture through events. Before we made it down to check out the event we had to hit the city a bit and check out some cool shops.

Our first stop was Ps and Qs on South street. I’m pretty familiar with Philly since I went to college in Southeast Pennsylvania, so I was kind of excited to see a new store that’s evolved from the common sneaker spot or streetwear retailer found South Street. The Ps and Qs storefront has an awesome floor to ceiling woodgrain build out with a modern touch. They carry a vast selection of New Balance footwear, Hershel backpacks and Norse Projects apparel.  My favorite part is what can be described a modern man’s library in the back. There you can find books on the vintage American football, Tom Ford or Pharrell’s “Places and Spaces I’ve been”. The shop owners/employees were really cool guys and pretty much set the vibe for the entire store. They spent time talking to us about their shop, the men’s fashion industry and even put me up on game about the origins of Baltimore’s own PedX. I’d definitely recommend this store for any guy stopping through Philly to shop.

Leaving Ps and Qs I spotted the Nike x Roundel Air Max 1 in a store front window down the block so I had to pull over and check out the shop. We landed in the Suplex consignment shop. From what I understand there are a few consignment shops in Philly now so it’s only fitting to find one on South Street. I didn’t make any purchases but its nice to know they have my size in a sneaker I missed out on.

With more time to kill before the CultureSnobs event we checked out a few more stores. One that really caught our eye was Art in the Age, which was actually recommended to us by the guys over at Ps and Qs. We walked passed it at first and decided to walk the second time by. Art in the Age is lifestyle boutique and gallery space that sells men’s and women apparel and products. Here you can find items like Warby Parker eyewear,  Gitman Vintage shirts and even vintage inspired felt team flags. The most interesting products, however, were the spirits that they craft themselves. I’ve always been intrigued by the process of developing spirits. I just have a great appreciation for things that tend to get better with time without getting old and dated. They have 4 original flavors: Root, Snap, Rhubarb and Sage. They’re all available online. My only problem is deciding which one I’ll try out first.

We finally made our way through Old City to Hylo Boutiques, the venue for the event. Hylo Boutiques is a very unassuming gallery with what looks like the original windowpaned grayish doors, all covered by curtains blocking outsiders from peeking in. As we entered there was cool music playing and courteous guests greeting with a respectable look that said “What up! You look like you’re in the know”. That was rather welcoming without being overly friendly and generic.

The guests for the evening, Marcus Troy and his friend/moderator Jesse Jones, are both from Canada, Montreal and Toronto respectively. They came out at the scheduled time and without too much introduction they got right to the conversation. MT started by sharing what influenced him to get into fashion and footwear. He later went into he his earliest jobs, how he moved into the digital space and how he began to build his brand even before he startedwww.MarcusTroy.com

Here are 3 main points Marcus was passionate about sharing to build your brand:

  1. Build great relationships. – There’s nothing developing friendships in real life, not online.
  2. Have integrity. – Who are you when people are looking.
  3. Be authentic – Do what works for you. Don’t watch and follows others just to gain something.

Both Marcus and Jesse revealed some cool behind the scenes stories. Some of the guests had decent questions and comments that moved the conversation along. Overall I gained some valuable insight and enjoyed myself. We meet some new folks and I even ran into the young from Philly, Curran J. Much props to CultureSnobs with what was surprisingly their 1st event.

 

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Philadelphia Road Trip


Boozy Toasted Coconut ROOT Beer Float

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Yeah, I know- that title is something else huh?  Boozy Toasted Coconut Root Beer Float.  Are you kidding me?  Just take a sec to let that sink in…  So it’s that time of year, when the first mild spring day has me itching to fire up the bbq and have our first outdoor dinner.  Of course I am getting a little ahead of myself, seeing as the nights are still chilly, but we are getting there.  The first thing I always plan on the menu is dessert.  I LOVE dessert, and since we aren’t quite into berry season yet, I can’t rely on my favorite crumbles and cobblers.  So in the meantime…and all the time forever more, there is this root beer float.  Perfect for the kids (obviously omit the booze, as if that needs stating!), and a decadent treat for the adults.

This concoction’s secret weapon? Art in the Ages ROOT, a spirit with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice…sweet, warm and perfect for spiking a float.  This is some seriously crafted stuff, and on top of the artisinal brewing, it’s also certified organic.  Of course homemade hot fudge sauce, warm toasted coconut and coconut ice cream don’t hurt either!

Boozy Toasted Coconut Root Beer Float

Ingredients:

  1. 2 parts Art in the Ages ROOT
  2. 4 parts High Quality Root Beer
  3. 1 big scoop of Coconut Ice Cream
  4. Sprinkling of Toasted Shredded Coconut
  5. Generous dollop of Hot Fudge (I used this recipe to make my own- to die for!)

Directions:

Add ROOT to a chilled glass or mason jar, then fill it up almost to the top with root beer.  Place a large scoop of coconut ice cream right on top (a little trick, if you make the scoop larger than the mouth of the glass, it will stay on top instead of sinking).  Drizzle a generous helping of hot fudge over the ice cream and top with toasted coconut.  I toast my own unsweetened shredded coconut by simply giving it a few minutes on medium heat in my cast iron skillet, stirring it so it doesn’t burn.  Enjoy!

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Boozy Toasted Coconut ROOT Beer Float

 


ROOT Tea Liquor: Root Beer Goes Back To Its Boozy Roots

3_27_recipecorner1Inspired by American history. An eye to the future of craft spirits. Grounded in earthy, organic ingredients. Birch or Root Beer flavors, and a plethora of vivid spices abound, in this most recent endeavor from the creators of Hendrick’s Gin. We’re happy to share our discovery of this distinctive spirit and some notable recipes from its Pennsylvania distillery, Art In The Age.

Best served clean or as a key ingredient in cocktails that complement its most remarkable flavor notes: vanilla, birch, and baking spices. With each sip, along with its pleasant nose of smoke, you’ll come to more fully understand the origins of this liqueur.

“…inspired by an 18th century Pennsylvania folk recipe, which eventually evolved into Birch or Root Beer. The recipe stems from Root Tea, which goes back to the 1700s, when Native Americans taught the recipe to settlers. Over generations, Root Tea grew in potency, particularly in Pennsylvania, where the ingredients grew in abundance. During the Temperance Movement, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol and ironically rechristened it Root Beer. This is our creation of a genuine potent, Root Tea.” – Art In The Age

We enjoyed the natural flavors apparent in ROOT. No overtly sweet heaviness. No artifice. No lingering chemistry on the tongue. Just anise, cinnamon, cardamom combined in a spirit that harkens a soulful, sturdy black tea as well as a whimsical root beer. We envision a wood paneled room, darkened by intense conversation. Or a warm evening overlooking a wooded lot, feet up and relaxing with a group of time-worn friends. The personality of this liqueur can change along with your moods.

We enjoyed ROOT in these two dissimilar, but equally pleasing cocktails. We hope you’ll try ROOT in one of these recipesshared by Art in the Age.

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ROOT Tea Liquor: Root Beer Goes Back To Its Boozy Roots


ROOT Tea Liquor: Inspiration and Artistry

3_27_diyfood1Inspired by American history. An eye to the future of craft spirits. Grounded in earthy, organic ingredients. Birch or Root Beer flavors, and a plethora of vivid spices abound, in this most recent endeavor from the creators of Hendrick’s Gin. We’re happy to share with you our discovery of this distinctive spirit and some notable recipes from its Pennsylvania distillery, Art in the Age.

Best served clean or as a key ingredient in cocktails that complement its most remarkable flavor notes: vanilla, birch, and baking spices. With each sip, along with its pleasant nose of smoke, you’ll come to more fully understand the origins of this liqueur.

“…inspired by an 18th century Pennsylvania folk recipe, which eventually evolved into Birch or Root Beer. The recipe stems from Root Tea, which goes back to the 1700s, when Native Americans taught the recipe to settlers. Over generations, Root Tea grew in potency, particularly in Pennsylvania, where the ingredients grew in abundance. During the Temperance Movement, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol and ironically rechristened it Root Beer. This is our creation of a genuine potent, Root Tea.”  -Art in the Age

We particular enjoyed the natural flavors apparent in ROOT. No overtly sweet heaviness. No artifice. No lingering chemistry on the tongue. Just anise, cinnamon, cardamom combined in a spirit that harkens a soulful, sturdy black tea as well as a whimsical root beer. We envision a wood paneled room, darkened by intense conversation. Or a warm evening overlooking a wooded lot, feet up and relaxing with a group of time-worn friends. The personality of this liquer can change along with your moods.

We enjoyed ROOT in these two dissimilar, but equally pleasing cocktails. We hope you’ll try ROOT in one of these recipes shared with DIY Food by Art in the Age.

 

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ROOT Tea Liquor: Inspiration and Artistry

 


Blades Natural Beauty at Art in the Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trying to stay away from scary chemicals in your food. There’s another super-obvious place many chemicals are hiding – our beauty products.

Blades Natural Beauty at Art in the Age

Stop by Art in the Age on Thursday, March 27th from 6:30-8:30pm with natural beauty expert Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty.

They’ll discuss how to keep your skin glowing naturally with wellness and makeup/natural beauty demos as you sip on homemade teas & Art in the Age spritzers will be provided.

Have questions about what types of products you should try and what chemicals you should avoid like the plague? Jessa will answer questions and demonstrate how to apply makeup for both day and night.

Space is limited – RSVP to daniel@artintheage.com to reserve your spot. Sharing is caring – Bring a friend, too!

Art in the Age, 116 N 3rd St., Phila, PA

 

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Blades Natural Beauty at Art in the Age