30 COCKTAILS SO STUNNING, THEY DOUBLE AS DECOR
We especially love the look of #24.
Warm weather! IT’S FINALLY HERE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, MAYBE — LIKE, REAL SOON! After you shove your puffy coats in suitcases and hide them away in a dark corner never to be seen until the cold returns, go sit outside and have a drink with your friends. Many, many of these drinks!
24. Steam 75
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the following ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka, 3/4 ounce Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea Organic Liqueur, 3/4 ounce lime juice, and 1/2 ounce strawberry puree. Shake and strain into a chilled coup. Top with 1 ounce Brut Champagne. Garnish with a sprig of lavender.
It was quite a festive night aboard the The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship as the Village Voice held their 2nd Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event.Thirty distilleries, wineries and more from New York and beyond set sail for an hour-long harbor cruise. Upon entry to the ticketed event, guests were treated to a souvenir tasting glass, live music, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. DJ Tim Martell entertained the crowd on the main and mid decks, while live jazz quartet, Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, performed all evening in theSlow & Low Lounge on the ship’s top deck.
Along with the distilleries showcasing their spirits, the event boasted three specialty bars the above mentioned Slow & Low Lounge, the Asahi Beer Bar, and the It’s Rum Time Bar by Rums of Puerto Rico (pictured below)
Our first stop was to Scorpion Mezcal, a Mexican Mescal, and their Hot Smokin’ Chocolate cocktail. We loved the combination of the Mescal’s smokiness and the sweet, creamy taste of the hot chocolate. A definite addition to our cocktail recipe list.
The next stop was to Philadelphia-based, Art in the Age Craft Spirits, who blew us away with their 80 proof, organic neutral spirits made from botanicals such as Sage, Ginger, Rhubarb, etc. We devoured their Rootnog cocktail (|a great take on the traditional eggnog), something we don’t mind having again and again.
After Art in the Age Craft Spirits, it was on to the delicious and exotic Sorel Artisanal Liqueur, one of the spirit brands local to NYC (It’s Brooklyn-based). The Sorel drink has always been a favorite of ours and we relished in enjoying this Hibiscus plant spirit both hot and cold.
From there, it was on to Balsalt, Colorado-based, Woody Creek Distillers’s 100% potato vodka and their delicious Moscow Mule cocktail. we’d describe this vodka as very smooth but with a slight bite, it is after this cocktail that we needed a water break.
From vodka, it was on to Gin, specifically Brooklyn-based, Greenhook Ginsmiths, and their array of vibrantly packaged Gins. This is usually our kryptonite, but we decided to indulge in their Plum 75 cocktail. It was delicious but Gin still remains our tread lightly list.
Next it was on to the stunning bottles and ultra smooth vodka from Blat Vodka, a Barcelona-based spirit who prides themselves on purity. Our quick shot of this crisp vodka proved that the pure look of packaging is not just for show.
Our next stop was to Owney’s Rum, another Brooklyn local and their Smells Like Teen Spirit cocktail; rums are our go-to spirit and we love a good white rum. Owney’s definitely captured our heart and taste buds. We wanted to give other spirits a chance to woo us, so this was the only other rum we visited that night
Although we took another break and passed on the Ten-Ten Mule cocktail, we were captivated by Cooperstown Distillery and the very cool shape of theirAbner Doubleday “Double Play” bottle. A great gift for baseball fans who love vodka, the baseball shaped decanter is hand-blown and features the 108 stitches present on real baseballs.
Our break led us to the Whole Foods and their decadent Shipwreck Sundae made with one of our favorites, Talenti Gelato. This treat was a much needed escape from the onslaught of delicious cocktails we’d been treated to at this event.
From there on, we made stops to Tuthilltown Spirits, Van Brunt Stillhouse Whiskey, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Breuckelen Distilling, Tanteo Tequila, and ended our drinking at Death’s Door Spirits…..so very appropriate to how we were feeling. The amazing this about this event, aside from the heavy sampling of these wonder spirits, is the fact that a portion of the proceeds from Holiday Spirits ticket sales went to support Lifebeat, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to educating America’s youth (13–29) about HIV/AIDS prevention. If you love discovering new cocktails and want to help great causes, we suggest you keep an eye out for the 3rd Annual Village Voice’s “Holiday Spirits” Tasting Event next year.
At Lithe, we’re all about making healthy choices without sacrificing any of the fun. Welcome to our Lithe Foods Skinny Heathen collaboration with Art In The Age spirits! Next up in our 13-week series is The Cheerleader, which is made with Lithe’s Pom Pom Punch and AITA’sSage liquor.
Lithe’s Pom Pom Punch is a cold-pressed juice made from carrot, apple, beets, pineapple, orange, and lime. Our red beauty energizes and makes those High V’s even sharper. Whether you’re tired, hungover, jet-lagged, or under the weather, this vitamin C and beta carotene-rich combo energizes, strengthens the heart and lungs, and eliminates soreness post-Lithe. It’s punch-y, but not too earthy (the beets just add a subtle sweetness).
AITA’s Sage is a refreshing “garden gin” with an intoxicating aroma and woodsy, herbaceous flavor. Instilled with organic American botanicals including thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel, and sage, it’s delicious in both savory and sweet cocktails. Together, these two make the perfect blend. The club soda cuts the sweetness of the Pom Pom Punch and the lime adds a hint of tartness.
Yield: 1 serving
2 oz. Sage liquor
4 oz. Pom Pom Punch
1 oz. club soda
1/2 oz. lime juice
Lime wedge to garnish
Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Pom Pom Punch, Sage, club soda, and lime juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
If you haven’t checked out for the holidays just yet, add this to your agenda this week: South Street neighbors Sip-N-Glo Juicery and Supper are teaming up for a juice-and-booze-fueled happy hour on Thursday evening that you might not want to miss.
Sip-N-Glo will be bringing three juices to be used as mixers for a trifecta of very delicious and unique cocktails. The cucumber, celery, apple, mint, ginger, and spinach juice with get spiked with Hendrick’s Gin; a beet, carrot and pineapple juice shaken with unsweetened almond milk will be mixed with Bacardi rum; and the oh-so-seasonal sweet potato, apple, and pumpkin spice juice will be fused with Snap, the ginger snap spirit from Philly’s own Art in the Age.
Supper is also whipping up some delicious snacks to go along with the juices. (Note: We’re hear the pulp from Sip-N-Glo’s juices will be used as an ingredient in the snacks. Neat, right?) The event doubles as a toy drive for the Philly-based organization Women Against Abuse, so you’re encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the cause.
The fun gets underway this Thursday, December 18th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Supper.
Free People’s BLDG 25 Blog is manned by Julie (editorial specialist) and Jana (blog writer). Together they travel, make, style, photograph and produce the inspiring destination that is Free People’s BLDG 25 Blog. When they’re not off exploring something new, the two make their permanent home in the eastern city of Philadelphia. While the city keeps surprising them every day, they’ve fallen in love with its charm and grit. The people and places that they’ve found have touched a place in their hearts and they are so excited to share them with Darling.
For the next trip with your girlfriends, why not give Philadelphia a try? Here, the Free People bloggers offer up their idea for the perfect girls weekend in Philly.
We’re big fans of Airbnb, and we use it each time we travel to a new city for the blog. It’s especially fun when you’re with friends because you can get a great deal on lodging and have the option to simply hang out when you don’t feel like being go-go-go. If you want to stay in a trendier, more up-and-coming area with bars and restaurants, try finding a pad in Fishtown or Northern Liberties. If you want something that has a neighborhood vibe, search in Fairmount, and if you’d rather be in the center of it all, in an old beautiful Philadelphia home, try staying near Rittenhouse Square.
On the 1st Friday of every month, galleries and boutiques stay open late, so you can enjoy all of the art exhibits and shops lining 2nd Street in Old City. Ritual Ritual is a must see, and Art In the Age will most likely be serving up the best drinks (with their in-house spirits). Follow up the fun with dinner atWedge + Fig, the Standard Tap, or Jerry’s Bar!
Wake up early and jump into Philly’s thriving yoga scene. Maha Yoga offers up sweaty classes that will fulfill not only body, but mind and soul too. Follow it up with brunch atSabrina’s Café and head on over to The Parlour for some personalized organic facials. Come evening time, get ready for dinner in Chinatown at Dim Sum Garden followed by a show at Underground Arts. If you’re up for it, check out our local speakeasy, Hop Sing Laundromat, for drinks after the show!
Grab a coffee and breakfast sandwich at RyBread and then head down to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for pay-what-you-wish-first-Sunday! If you’re still ready for more adventures after perusing the galleries, why not get in some vintage shopping? Head on over to South Street/Queens Village and check out Retrospect, Philly Aids Thrift, Moon & Arrow, and Repo Records. Grab a bite to eat atRed Hook Coffee & Tea before you leave the city — we promise you won’t regret anything you order here.
Where are your favorite sights in Philadelphia?
Before pigging out on candy canes, cookies and egg nog next week, use this week to experience the wonderful food and drink happenings taking place in Philadelphia.
If you’ve had any of the Art in the Age spirits in the past, you know that all four styles pair well with almost every season of the year, and on Thursday, Dec. 18th atStandard Tap (901 N. 2nd St.), discover what mixes are best for winter during Art in the Age Night. Beginning at 6 p.m. and running through 10 p.m., enjoy four specially selected cocktails priced at $6 apiece as well as some AITA food items such as Root sticky buns, and a Snap dish. A portion of the proceeds benefit American Farmland Trust, an organization who strikes to protect farms across the country.
T’is the season for cocktails! From now until let’s say January 2nd, you will be creating and accepting all sorts of bubbly, sparkling holiday cocktails. For the cocktail aficionado it is truly time to be merry! If you have a lover of mixology on your list, our Cocktail Aficionado’s Gift Guide is here to help you find a unique gift they will love!
What could be more festive than a spirit inspired by the traditional German lebkuchen cookie? These fresh ginger and blackstrap molasses cookies were popularized in America by the Pennsylvania Dutch, and Art In The Age has created an organic spirit that manages to retain these flavors without verging into the saccharine territory. At 80 proof and 40% abv, it’s not fooling around. Plays well with (or in place of) whiskey.
Tis the season for imbibing! Perhaps you’re raising a glass at the office party or friendly gathering. Or maybe you want that extra nip to survive being home for the holidays. Regardless of the reason, consider spicing up your cocktail with some festive, seasonally inspired spirits.
When we think of this time of year certain flavors come to mind like cranberry, pecan and cinnamon. Those flavors are not only are great for pairing with holiday cookies, pies and cakes, but they also work deliciously in cocktails to keep you warm through the night. These seasonally appropriate selections are also terrific as special gifts for the booze lover in your life as well as to serve at your own holiday festivities.
Here are EDGE’s five top holiday tipple picks:
Art in the Age Ginger Snap
Art in the Age uses all organic ingredients in their hand made, small batch cordials. Along with other flavors such as root, sage, and rhubarb, the Ginger Snap sings holidays. The flavor profile is particularly fresh and not as sweet as you might expect in a cordial. Then they add Blackstrap Molasses to bring the sweetness to the spice for your cocktail.
You can also visit their brick and mortar store in Philadelphia, where in addition to spirits they offer other unique and small production items such as clothing, chocolates and fragrances. They also host exhibitions and performances for local artists.
All the flavor varieties of the cordials come with a booklet of recipes, but this one is a favorite.
Dark & Snappy
1 part Ginger Snap
1 part Sailor Jerry Rum
4 parts ginger beer