Art in the Age in Old City has quickly become one of our favorite spots to relax and enjoy a great cocktail…or two. They are always having events that highlight different styles of cocktails. There was the low alcohol cocktail book launch with Drew Lazor and different cocktails of the month releases to name a few. We recently attended an event there in conjunction with the Rosenbach Museum, “Banned Books,” which is part of the Rosenbach’s Bibliococktails series.
If you’ve never been to the Rosenbach Museum, you definitely need to put it on your list. Located in the beautiful Rittenhouse Square area, it’s a wonderful museum that offers exhibits, programs and tours of their rare books, manuscripts and art. One of their programs is their Bibliococktails series that pairs great literature and great cocktails. It’s usually held at the museum but once in a while they hold it remotely at Art in the Age. It’s so much fun and I highly recommend you go to one at either the Rosenbach or Art in the Age.
The theme for this night was “Banned Books” and the featured cocktails that were inspired by several banned books. Not only do you get to try these wonderful drinks, but you engage with other patrons and discuss the books, why they were banned and considered threatening, and try to answer some trivia questions. The Rosenbach does such a fantastic job in keeping this series fun, entertaining and also educational.
The cocktails were inspired by the books, Fahrenheit 451, The Catcher in the Rye, and The Great Gatsby. The first cocktail offered was “Red Hunting Hat,” inspired by The Catcher in the Rye and featured Kinsey rye whiskey, Art in the Age maple jack flavored apple brandy and was garnished with an apple fan. This drink was strong but delicious and the presentation was stunning. The second cocktail offered was “Beautiful Fool,” inspired by The Great Gatsby and featured Art in the Age Sierra fig cordial, topped with Ploughman Muhhibah dry cider with Malaysian spices and garnished with a lemon wheel and thyme sprig. This was one of my favorites! Again, the presentation was stunning and it tasted great. The final cocktail offered was “The Fireman,” inspired by Fahrenheit 451 and featured Kinsey American whiskey, Pickett’s extra spicy ginger beer and garnished with a lemon and orange peel. Again, this was a crowd favorite. The ginger beer was not overly sweet and paired beautifully with the Kinsey whiskey. The amount of creativity that goes into the cocktails created by Art in the Age never ceases to amaze me.
There is nothing better than enjoying a few incredible cocktails and talking about great literature. If only my english classes were taught this way! Seriously though, make sure to check out the Rosenbach’s website to see all the wonderful programs and events they have going on every month. Don’t forget to stop by Art in the Age, relax and grab a great drink or two. And if I may quote F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people.” Cheers!