If you like really good gin cocktails, there is only one place to go, Philadelphia Distilling. They distill one of our favorite gins, Bluecoat. If you have never tried it before, I highly suggest you do. It is smooth, and has a wonderful taste. Philadelphia Distilling has always had a great cocktail menu, and a very good food menu. We noticed that they expanded their food menu, so naturally, we had to go and check it out for ourselves.
We started out with, of course, cocktails. I ordered the Virtue, Liberty, Independence. It is made with Bluecoat gin, blackberry, peach, lemon, Fever Tree tonic, and mint. Eric ordered the Treaty of Shackamaxon. That was made with Bluecoat gin, herbal liquor, maraschino liquor, cucumber and lime. We’ve had these before, and they are excellent. The drinks have such a wonderful layer of flavor, and no one flavor overpowers the other. I’m telling you. This place has the best gin cocktails in the city!
Time for some food. We started with the crispy duck wings, which were delicious! They were cooked perfectly, and when you bit into them, the meat just fell off the bone. We next ordered the salt and vinegar sunchokes. They were served with a wonderful charred jalepeno buttermilk sauce. The balance of flavors was spot on. The spiciness of the sauce paired very well with the salt and vinegar of the sunchokes.
We ordered another round of cocktails. I asked for a dirty martini, with gin of course, and Eric ordered the Mountain Laurel. That was made with Bluecoat elderflower gin, raspberry, calamansi orange, grapefruit, and sparkling wine. Once again, both tasted fantastic.
We tried a few more items off their food menu. We ordered the mushroom toast, which was out of this world! It was made with maitake and oyster mushrooms, rustic Italian bread, and truffle labneh. The bread was toasted perfectly, and the oysters and truffle paired beautifully together. We also tried their Manilla clams. This was made with house smoked jowl bacon, Calabrian chili, ginger, garlic, and served with charred bread. Once again, they knocked it out of the park. Philadelphia Distilling have really upped their food menu! All the dishes we tried so far were absolutely wonderful.
Believe it or not, we had room for two more food orders. Eric ordered their mussels, and I ordered the Smash Burger. And yet again, both were outstanding. The burger came with caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, there own sauce, and fingerling chips. The mussels were served in a beautiful curry sauce, and came with charred bread. Everything was so good, if I could only order one thing next time, I’d be hard pressed to choose. Yes, the food was that good. Pair their food with fantastic cocktails, and you have all the makings for a wonderful experience.
We did order a few more cocktail, because they are so good here. In addition, the bartenders at Philadelphia Distilling are so friendly and engaging. Don’t be shy if you want to know more about a drink, or what the ingredients are that they are using. They will be more than happy to talk with you, and answer any questions you may have. Be sure to check out Philadelphia Distilling. They have a lot of fun events during the summer, and they also have tours of the distillery. Go to their website for more information. Cheers!