Martini or Martinez
Tired of all the political talk? Here’s an election with two candidates that are a little easier to swallow.
Philadelphia Distilling is is the official gin provider of the 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention with their Bluecoat Gin. And in the spirit of the convention, they are hosting their own election between two drinks the “Martini” and the “Martinez.”
The “Martini” is the classic martini made with their American Dry Gin and is garnished with an orange twist or olive.
The “Martinez” is made with the Philadelphia Distilling’s Barrel Finished Gin, vermouth, bitters, luxardo, and finished with an orange twist.
The two drinks can be put to the test all over the city including some Foobooz favorites like Oyster House, Industry, Vedge, and a.bar (just to name a few).
To vote, head to the Bluecoat Gin Facebook page Drink-cision post and comment the hashtag of your favorite. Voting is open and will run until July 28th. The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 28th at 10 p.m. at The Franklin Bar.
Full List of participating bars »
Like us, Morgan’s Pier is enjoying visiting local distilleries this summer. The riverfront bar is offering tours of Stateside Vodka and Red Brick Craft Distillery. The tours start out at Morgan’s Pier with light snacks and a specialty cocktail made with spirits from the distilleries. Then everyone gets on a trolley bus and learns how those drinks came to be. Each distillery offers an exclusive tour and tasting to the guests.
After the two stops, the trolley heads back to Morgan’s Pier for a nightcap. The tours cost $35 and there are two more this summer, Tuesday, August 16th and Tuesday, September 14th. The events start at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier, with the trolley leaving at 6 p.m.
Purchase your tickets online.
Morgan’s Pier [Foobooz]
Sara Justice at COOK
A cocktail dinner at a BYOB? Yep, that’s what’s happening on Tuesdays in July at Russet. Today, July 19th, sees The Franklin’s Sara Justice creating two cocktails to go with chef Andrew Wood’s four course tasting menu.
Justice is shaking up two cocktails for tonight’s dinner:
- Violent Femme Punch – with tequila, Fino sherry, falernum, ginger, pineapple, lemon, beet and cilantro
- The Woman in the Dunes – with gin, scotch, fino sherry, orgeat, lemon, lime and bitters
Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person (plus gratuity). Guests may call 215-546-1521 to reserve a space.
If you can’t make it tonight, you will have one last chance to attend a Tuesday Night Cocktail Dinner. Chris Arnone from Zahav will be making cocktails on Tuesday, July 26.
A Mechanic Street Mule at the Still in Doylestown
Out in Bucks County, just above the Doylestown Brewing Co. (52 East State Street, Doylestown), a speakeasy has been operating almost unnoticed for almost a month.
Run by Chris Hall, The Still is self-proclaimed Prohibition-style cocktail bar that is apparently still a pretty well kept secret.
The bar only uses spirits from local PA distilleries and have nine homemade infusions made with all local ingredients. The cocktail list covers the basics and includes some historically accurate drinks as well (which come with a lengthy explanation of their origins).
And while it’s no Hop Sing, this is definitely a cool addition to ‘burbs.
The Still is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.
The Still Menu (PDF)
Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi opens ITV next to his Laurel on East Passyunk.
ITV, the bar from Laurel’s Nicholas Elmi officially opens this Saturday, July 2nd at 1615 East Passyunk Avenue. Elmi has been planning the bar next to his restaurant Laurel, for more than a year. The name ITV comes from “In the Valley” which is what the Lenape word Passyunk means.
The dark and attractive marble bar seats around 12 at leather bar stools. The backbar and walls are off-black with gold gold piping. The design, done by Eimer Design also includes floral wallpaper made of thinly rolled wood. Beyond the bar is a banquette with seating for eight plus a lone table for two.
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2 Gingers Irish Whiskey is an official sponsor of Center City Sips and you can find the blended, slightly sweet whiskey at just about every bar and restaurant participating in all-over-Center-City Wednesday night happy hour. Most spots are pouring a Big Ginger, a whiskey and ginger ale that is certainly less offensive than some other flavored vodka concoctions whipped up in past years. But our crack staff or researchers are looking beyond the 2 Gingers drinks and at other cocktails that are worth $5.
Here are some of the cocktails that stand out »
Hummus with wood-fired pita bread
Starting this Friday, La Colombe’s Fishtown flagship is kicking off a night menu of pizzas, hummus and a selection of desserts. The menu takes full advantage of the cafe’s baking operation and wood-fired oven. The pita, made by head baker John McGrath is finished in the wood-fired oven and makes a perfect vehicle for scooping up the hummus and accompanying pickled vegetables.
There is no such thing as too many good pizza options and on weekends, La Colombe will now offer its own Neapolitan pizzas. In addition to a 10″ Margherita pizza, there will be rotating red and white pies.
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Tenaya Darlington will be at Twisted Tail
Love cheese? Well, on Sunday, May 1, George Reilly of the Twisted Tail will be hosting a cheese and cocktail tasting with food writer and cheese aficionado Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage.
From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a sampling of Darlington’s favorite cheeses along with three cocktails inspired by her book, The New Cocktail Hour. She is also the author of another book, DiBruno Bros House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings.
Tickets are $45 and include a signed copy of The New Cocktail Hour. They can be purchased online or by phone at (215) 558-2741.
Twisted Tail [Foobooz]
One of the cocktails 1 Tippling Place is serving in India
Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Philadelphia cocktail bar, 1 Tippling Place, named one of the 24 best cocktail bars in America by Food & Wine Magazine, is hosting a pop-up in Mumbai, India. They’re serving their finest cocktails to a city with an almost non-existent cocktail scene.
Owner of 1 Tippling Place Anne Frey and mixologist Myles Carroll have been at Olive Restaurant in Mumbai, India during the second annual Mumbai Cocktail Week, which began on March 14th and continues through tomorrow. The restaurant is a popular bar in the Bandra neighborhood of Mumbai, where many Bollywood stars live.
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While winter calls for boozier, slow-sipping beverages, the warming weather is inspiring drinks with more dilution–ones that you can drink with abandon. The theme of spring at a.bar? Beverages that are either shaken, swizzled, or stirred. Bar manager Dan Hamm (formerly at 1 Tippling Place and one of the brains behind the pop-up cocktail events at Spirit Forward) has created a mix of offerings, many of which include seasonal elements.
Yes, we tried them. And yes, we came home with pictures.
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