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
WE ARE HAPPY TO SHARE PART TWO OF OUR PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE
L’ESPRIT DE LA MER DINNERS THAT TOOK PLACE AROUND THE WORLD ON MAY 17.
In our second installment of images from our global event L’esprit de la Mer, which was held back in May, we get a taste of dinner at the sailing club in Sydney (with girls in sunglasses, even in the midst of Australian winter!), a glimpse of dip-dyed aprons in Tokyo, and a sense of Norwegian pride from an island picnic held on their country’s national holiday–notice the traditional garb on a guest or two. Watching these photos flood in after our gathering has left us pining for salty things and the sea air for weeks.
We loved seeing how every host and their respective partners interpreted the theme differently, each coming up with a unique and beautiful translation of the spirit of the sea. This makes us even more excited for our impending worldwide event in October, whose theme will be revealed soon. Keep a close eye on the events page for more details to come shortly.
Last month, The Village Voice hosted its second annual Holiday Spirits tasting event featuring 30 distilleries and wineries in NYC and beyond. The Hornblower Infinity Cruise ship was the venue for this booze cruise as we sailed (and got tipsy) on the Hudson.
Van Brunt Stillhouse was serving up their moonshine cocktail Moonlight Mule; it put some hair on our chest. Scorpion Mezcal served a spiked Mexican hot chocolate topped off with a few marshmallows — a must-try after coming in from the near-winter chill. The ship was stocked with three bars: It’s Rum Time, Asahi Beer, and the Slow & Low Lounge. We hung out with Rums of Puerto Rico sipping on Blue Jeans for a familiar buzz. Then off to the ladies of The Noble Experiment to have a concoction dubbed Smells Like Teen Spirit, served with a sprig of mint in one of those old New York Greek-print coffee cups. We found this drink to be the most daring and tasty — a banana purée with mint-flavored liqueur sparked our apprehension but was a surprising hit. By the time we passed the Statue of Liberty the thought “Did we drink too much or is the ship moving a lot?” became of no real concern.
Last but definitely not least we made sure to save room for the gelato with rum caramel drizzle (yup, be jealous).
If you missed out on the fun, not to worry you can catch Holiday Spirits again next year.
Until then, we’ve put together a gift guide of our boozy favorites:
FOR THE PHILANTHROPIST
Art in the Age: in the season of giving you can save a family farm with every bottle you buy.
GIFT GUIDE: BOTTLES OF BOOZE
We’ve already covered a few gifts for the drinker in your life, but if you’d rather give him something he can actually pour in his glass, here are some solid gifty libations. Each gets our stamp of approval and should prove far better than any bottom shelf bottle or last minute purchase.
ART IN THE AGE ROOT
Based on an herbal remedy from the 1700s, Root from Art in the Age is unlike any spirit they’ve ever tried. Consider it a boozy root beer with wonderful flavors from sassafras, herbs, and sarsparilla. $30
6. Unique Liqueur Gift #2: SNAP Organic Liqueur by Art in the Age
Here is something else that I am endorsing, but have not tried yet! I was completely drawn in by Joy the Baker’s Apple Snap Cocktails post a few weeks ago. SNAP apparently tasted like ginger snaps, with a flavor combination of molasses, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, brown sugar, and more. You can combine it with all kinds of things, but especially bourbon and fresh apples! It sounds like a drink that might bring Chris and I’s cocktail tastes together. I am dying to try it. Buy SNAP at various online stores likeDrink Up NY, or at Potomac Wines and Spirits. PS – Art in the Age makes a few other organic liqueurs too, like one called SAGE!
If your LLBBF is the kind to enjoy a good drink, picking up a six-pack or case of his favorite beer or bottle of his favorite liquor is a gift that always comes in the right size. If you want to get fancy, I’m quite a fan of giving Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction spirits, which come in 4 varieties and with cocktail recipe recommendations! (Snap is especially good in hot cider, I’m just saying.)