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The Crooked Tree cocktail uses ROOT, inspired by the book: A Tree Born Crooked

The Crooked Tree cocktail uses ROOT, inspired by the book: A Tree Born Crooked

02/20/2015
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Getting Lit: An Aperitif and Round 1 with Steph Post

BY SAM SLAUGHTER • FEBRUARY 14, 2015 • LITERATURE

 

An Aperitif

It’s no secret that books and booze go together (Here’s looking at you, just about every famous and not-so-famous writer ever). It’s also no secret that in the past decade or so the “craft” movement has come in waves and brought beer, spirits, cocktails, and about nineteen other types of products to the forefront of our culture. My own research and work has brought me to much the same place.

In college, I started home brewing beer in a plastic container in the closet of my apartment. From there, I got an “internship” (read: I worked and got paid in wine, not money) at a winery in Montana. That job was followed up with stints volunteering at other breweries, learning more about beer and other drinks, working as a bartender and eventually helping start a craft brewery. At the same time, I got my MA-English and read and wrote about booze in books and books and booze and a number of other connections between the two. Suffice it to say, I’ve spent a lot of time around booze and books. The two are intimately tied in my own head, as they are in many others. Hence, this new series.

I set out to accomplish a couple of things with Getting Lit. First, I wanted to talk to writers about their own work. After that, I wanted to make a direct connection with a type of alcohol (or other drink in the case of those that don’t drink) and then use that chosen drink to create a custom cocktail for that particular work/author.

This will get better as it goes along, obviously (well, hopefully), but those are my goals at the outset. Talk about books. Talk about booze. Connect the two. Shake and enjoy. I’m open to all feedback on the drinks and if you are a writer interested in participating in this series, email me: slaughter.sj@gmail.com.

Cheers y’all.


Round 1 with Steph Post

Sam: Can you tell me a little bit about the genesis of your debut novel, A Tree Born Crooked(Pandamoon, 2014)?

Steph Post: The characters came first (they always do). I knew I wanted to write about people who had to scrap their way through life, trying to make it in a place that had given up on them. Once I had the title—which came before any actual writing—I started to see what was taking shape: a story about folks struggling to find their meaning, even if the world thinks they have none.

S: How’d the title come about?

SP: The title comes from a line in the Tom Waits’ song “How’s It Gonna End.” When the novel was still being formed in my head, my husband emphatically told me that it was the title. I had no idea what being a tree born crooked meant, so I had to work it out as I wrote. It’s a strange instance of a title influencing a story, but it worked out.

S: Can you give me five words you think best describe Tree as a whole?

SP: Honest, lyrical, gritty, atmospheric, badass. I have no idea why, but that was a really hard question!

S: Follow-up to that: if you could choose one spirit/type of beer/wine to epitomize the novel, what would it be? It doesn’t have to be a specific brand.

SP: Bourbon for sure. (Wild Turkey, if you wanted a specific brand.)

S: A woman after my own heart. Last question: what are you working on next?

SP: I’m currently working on my 3rd novel (there’s another, after Tree, that I’m still shopping around). This new one is straight up Southern Gothic and it’s really testing me right now. Think tricksters, voodoo, carnivals, Appalachia, modernism, nihilism, Snow White and the most badass female character I’ve ever written. And that’s just for starters.


The Crooked Tree

[Note: I wanted the drink to reflect the darkness of the novel while also embodying its Southern roots, in particular those of the Florida locale. The woodiness of the root beer liqueur blends with that of the bourbon and the cinnamon stick to give you an earthy cocktail that has just enough sweetness from the orange juice. The bourbon is still the overwhelming flavor and it is intended to kick you a bit, just like the novel.]

Ingredients

1.     2oz bourbon

2.     1oz orange juice

3.     .5oz root beer liqueur (such as Art in the Age Root)

4.     Cinnamon stick for garnish

Preparation

Mix ingredients in shaker with ice. Strain and serve in a rocks glass with a cinnamon stick garnish.


About Steph Post:

“Steph Post is a tried and true Florida native. Not palm-tree-laden-fruity-drink-tropical-shirt-and-sandals South Florida, but backwoods-on-a-creek-deer-flies-and-alligator-ridden North Florida. Her adventurous childhood growing up in just such a precarious landscape has led to a lifetime of dauntless creativity and the Scrappy mentality that she can achieve just about anything if she sets her mind to it.

This somewhat reckless outlook has led to a Bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College, numerous waitressing and bartending gigs, a penchant for writing long academic papers on punk rock and Alice in Wonderland, a Master’s degree in Graduate Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the acquisition of six slightly deranged mutts and an extremely tolerant husband, two novels, a house in St. Petersburg, Florida and a fulfilling job as a high school teacher at a performing arts school in Tampa.

 

Spice up this timeline with the knowledge that she has also been a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell creative writing scholarship, winner of the Vereen Bell award for short fiction, semi-finalist for the Big Moose prize for fiction, loves coffee, is obsessed with the television show Justified and enjoys reading classic literature when she’s not too busy being a badass, and you should have a pretty good picture of who you’re dealing with here. Like the characters she writes about, Steph Post is vulnerable and volatile, fearless and fierce. She hopes you enjoy her work.”

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Getting Lit: An Aperitif and Round 1 with Steph Post 

Art in the Age Spirits Sponsors Valentine’s Week at Morbid Anatomy

Art in the Age Spirits Sponsors Valentine’s Week at Morbid Anatomy

02/20/2015
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015

Love Cults and the Hypnotic Arts! Hysterical Demons! Singles Night One Year Anniversary Edition: Valentine’s Week at Morbid Anatomy

Happy Valentine’s Week from your friends at Morbid Anatomy! We hope very much see you at one or more of our terrific holiday offerings.

First up: this Tuesday, February 10th, we’ll host the one year anniversary edition of Morbid Curiosity, our popular singles night (more here). On Wednesday the 11th will be a night of Hysterical Demons and Pathological Saints, the final installment of ourAnatomy of Hysteria series with Asti Hustvedt, author of Medical Muses, Hysteria in Nineteenth Century Paris; (more here.)Thursday, February 12th, we will host journalist and film-maker Jon Ronson (author of The Psychopath Test) for a screening of hisTottenham Ayatollah, night 5th of our much beloved “Jon Ronson Adventures;” more on that here.
For Valentine’s weekend, we hope you’ll join us for an excellent double header with refreshments sponsored by Art in the Age Spirits! On Friday the 13th, hope to see you at “A Celebration of Superstitions,” a screening, lecture and launch Party with Film-maker in Residence Ronni Thomas and Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America (more here). On Valentine’s Day proper, we are delighted to welcome back Mel Gordon, author of Voluptuous Panic, for a talk and rare film screening on the topic of Love Cults, Drugs and the Hypnotic Arts (more here). A discounted ticket for both events is available here.
We have also revamped our membership packages, and made available a such limited edition perks as a signed and numbered “Morbid Anatomy Museum” print by Mark DionA private party and tour at The Morbid Anatomy MuseumA special backstage tour of Philadelphia’s incomparable Mütter Museum with curator Anna Dhody; and a limited edition archival photo print of the Child’s Chapel in the Palermo Catacombs; you can find out more here.

We strive to keep our programming and exhibitions affordable. If you like what we do, please consider becoming a member (with all that entails) by clicking here, or making a tax deductible donations via our fiscal sponsor Brooklyn Arts Council here.

 

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SNAP makes The Ginger Spiced Apple cocktail

SNAP makes The Ginger Spiced Apple cocktail

02/20/2015
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Ginger Spiced Apple

13 February 2015

This cocktail is perfect for the current weather. There’s lots of snow on the ground here in New England and when that happens, I reach for belly warming bourbon and comforting spices. The Ginger Spiced Apple mead cocktail combines the warm sweetness of Moonlight Meadery’s Kurt’s Apple Pie with Bourbon and a little of the Art in the Age “Snap” – a spirit made with ginger, blackstrap molasses, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, brown sugar, and nutmeg – all perfect flavors to go with the Apple Pie Mead.

I didn’t want to use too much of this spirit since the flavors are quite powerful. The bourbon I used was Jim Beam (I think the best value bourbon out there) but feel free to substitute with your favorite. Serve with a slice of fresh red apple.

Ingredients

Instructions

 

Combine ingredients, serve over rocks, garnish with a fresh apple slice, and enjoy!

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SPODEE For Valentine’s Day

SPODEE For Valentine’s Day

02/20/2015
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Valentine’s Day with Spodee Wine

February 11, 2015

I’ve never been one to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  John’s off the hook, and dinner dates are frequent enough we don’t feel the need to spend money on chocolates and stuffed animals.  I don’t have anything against the holiday, it’s just never peaked my interest…until now.  With Spodee Wine, Valentine’s Day is all about sending love in the form of a tasty cocktail.  This year, I’m keeping things festive with two different drinks.  The Date Night is fizzy, fruity, and deceptively boozy…perfect for a night in with the girls.  Spodee Bee Sting adds even more moonshine to a simple blend of lemon juice, tea, and honey.  See recipes below.

 

Spodee Bee Sting

2 parts Spodee White
2 parts fresh lemon juice
1 part moonshine
1 part unsweetened tea
1 part honey
Lemon slice, to garnish

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except for the lemon slice. Shake to combine, then strain into a tall glass with ice and garnish with lemon.

Date Night

1 part Spodee Red
1 part pomegranate juice
1 part champagne
Raspberries

Combine Spodee and pomegranate juice in champagne flute, top with champagne and garnish with a few raspberries.

 

I’ve got lots of love for Spodee Wine.  Read about my very first sip by clicking here, and take a peek inside my Holiday Party featuring Spodee by clicking here.

Where can you buy Spodee in Nashville?  Midtown Wine & Spirits and Firehouse Liquors.  Please enjoy responsibly.

 

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Go to Art in the Age for Men’s Valentine’s Day Shopping says Shoppist

Go to Art in the Age for Men’s Valentine’s Day Shopping says Shoppist

02/20/2015
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6 Best Stores for Men’s Valentine’s Day Shopping

Gifting made easy.

BY MARINA LAMANNA  |  FEBRUARY 6, 2015 AT 3:33 PM

 

Guy gifts are historically tricky purchases. Valentine’s Day guy gifts are even trickier. Laden with meaning (are we or aren’t we?), a perfectly appropriate present can propel you to the next relationship stage (or precede a breakup if necessary). To help you zero in on the ideal gift, we rounded up the best local shops and e-tailers for men’s Valentine’s Day shopping.

ToBox // 25 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse.

The go-to pick for luxe men’s accessories, ToBox stocks a bevy of high-end designers that will make him wonder what he did to deserve such a thoughtful present.

What to buy: Handmade shoehorn accessories and money clips ($25-$195) or transitional SWIM Galoshes for spring ($100).

Trending: Anthropologie’s Mega Sale Is Going On Right Now

Duross & Langel // 117 South 13th Street, Market East.

Home to tons of house-made soaps and shaving accoutrements, the shop is a must for indulgent bath goods that he might not buy himself — but will be so happy that you did.

What to buy: Owner Steve Duross suggests gifting their Beard Box which includes facial moisturizer, beard oil, beard balm and a brush ($32) or, for a clean-shaven guy, the Shave Kit encased in an artful clear paint can ($30).

Art in the Age // 116 North 3rd Street, Old City.

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Hip, low-key presents are abundant at the Old City shop. If your guy is bespectacled, likes SNAP and wears raw denim, you’re about to win SO Of The Year.

What to buy: Gift earthy, unexpected scents like Prospector Co., Burrow’s beard oil, ($28) or Juniper Ridge Cologne which is harvested from essential oils ($60). Or, there’s always their extensive Warby Parker sunglasses selection. Psst: Manager and buyer Bob Myaing let us know that all winter stock is on sale, too.

Ubiq // 1509 Walnut Street, Rittenhouse.

Perhaps the most notable sneaker haven in Philly, this boutique stocks in an insanely impressive selection of limited edition and collaboration kicks.

What to buy: Head to the boutique tomorrow, February 7th, to snatch up a pair of limited-edition Andy Warhol Converse sneakers. The pop art-inspired sneaks are quirky, not kitschy.

Totem Brand // 535 South Street, Society Hill. 

Stylish guys love the sprawling men’s shop which stocks quality brands like Barbour, Todd Snyder, Steven Alan, Filson, Woolrich and Arc’teryx.

What to buy: Man jewelry looks classic, not club-inspired, with these made-in-Miami Miansai bracelets. Plus, they’re unisex (and awesomely minimalist) so you can snag one for yourself, too.

Forage Haberdashery // Online only.

This Philly-based e-tailer is the best for low-key pocket square and tie pairings that look fresh instead of stuffy.

 

What to buy: A handkerchief ($32) from their limited-edition Valentine’s Day collection. Handcrafted from new, vintage and deadstock fabrics and adorned with a letterpress heart, they’re perfectly personal. Psst: Order before February 14th and use code VALENTINE for 20 percent off purchases.

 

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RHUBARB Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

RHUBARB Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

02/20/2015
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COCKTAILS

 

Published on February 6, 2015 

 

Valentine’s Day Cocktails with Art in the Age Craft Spirits

written by Prettygirlscook

If you’re looking for something to special to make your Valentine, try these festive cocktails from Art in the Age. Both cocktails are extremely easy but will surely make your Valentine feel the love.

 

Rhuby Blush

4 parts Raspberry Puree
2 parts RHUBARB Tea
Champagne

Assemble ingredients in a champagne flute and top with champagne.

Rhubarb Rogue

2 parts RHUBARB
1 part St. Germaine
3 parts grapefruit juice

Assemble all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker glass and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

 

*Photos and recipes provided by Art in the Age

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SPODEE inspires the Perfect Valentine’s Pairing

SPODEE inspires the Perfect Valentine’s Pairing

02/20/2015
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The Perfect Valentine’s Pairing Inspired by Spodee Wine

February 6, 2015 by Coily Locks Leave a Comment

Valentine’s Day…that day that you either love or hate!  LOL  For some it’s become way too commercial and almost like a competition of who went to the most expensive restaurant, got the biggest bling or got the most extravagant flowers.  For me I like to keep things nice and simple.  This year we are going out as a family for a nice lunch and then that evening for dinner I will make dinner and whip a few cocktails for me and the hubs!  Below are a couple of Valentine’s Pairings inspired by Spodee Wine.

Date Night

  • 1 part Spodee Red
  • 1 part pomegranate juice
  • 1 part champagne
  • raspberries

Combine Spodee and pomegranate juice in champagne flute, top with champagne and garnish with a few raspberries.

Bee Sting

  • 2 parts Spodee White
  • 2 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part moonshine
  • 1 part unsweetened tea
  • 1 part honey
  • lemon slice, to garnish

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except for the lemon slice. Shake to combine, then strain into a tall glass with ice and garnish with lemon.

These 2 recipes are sure to get you all warm and fuzzy during this brutal Winter.  Hope you have an awesome Valentine’s Day!

 

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SNAP and Lithe makeup The Mamacita Skinny Heathen

SNAP and Lithe makeup The Mamacita Skinny Heathen

02/20/2015
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THE MAMACITA SKINNY HEATHEN Feb 2015

 

Happy Friday! The final cocktail in our 13-week Skinny Heathen series with Art In The Age isThe Mamacita, a combo of Lithe’s Spicy Lemonade cold-pressed juice and AITA’s Snap liquor.

 

Lithe’s Spicy Lemonade is a raw juice blend with cold-pressed lemon, cayenne, coconut nectar, and filtered water. It’s spicy, hydrating, and immunity-boosting. Plus, it restores your body’s healthy alkaline balance. AITA’s Snap is inspired by traditional German lebkuchen (gingersnaps!), but not the mass-marketed sugar-laden kind. Pennsylvania Dutch gingersnaps are made with hearty blackstrap molasses and fresh ginger. This cocktail can be served on the rocks, but it’s especially delicious warmed in a crock-pot or on the stove, hot toddy-style.

Yield
1 serving

Ingredients

2 oz. Snap

2 oz. Lithe Spicy Lemonade

1 oz. apple cider

Cinnamon for garnish

 

Directions

Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour in Spicy Lemonade and cider. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

 

Image via Chaucee

 

posted by lauren boggi goldenberg at 01:00:00 pm in eating lithe healthy

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The Mamacita Skinny Heathen