What happens when you combine a heat wave, girls night in and Art in the Age Craft Spirits? In my house, those three things turn into a fun evening of unique cocktails and spiked snow cones. I was fortunate enough to receive an amazing assortment of Art in the Age Craft Spirits after sampling them at the Eat Write Retreat conference. Being from the Philadelphia area I was familiar with the spirits but never found myself in the position to try them.
With an assortment of spirits waiting to be enjoyed I invited a few of my girlfriends over for a mini tasting party. We had three of Art in the Age Craft Spirits to enjoy – ROOT, SNAP and RHUBARB TEA. All of Art in the Age Craft Spirits are rooted in Pennsylvania history and are made from certified organic ingredients. ROOT features all natural ingredients such as anise, birch bark, cloves, cardamom and hints of spearmint and citrus. SNAP has an array of organic ingredient infusions like cinnamon, cloves, rooibos tea and fresh ginger and RHUBARB TEA contains ingredients including rhubarb, beets, carrots, lemon,petitgrain, cardamom, pink peppercorn, coriander, vanilla and pure cane sugar.
For our mini tasting party I had the girls try a variety of cocktails using Art in the Age Craft Spirits.
SNAP – For Allyson, I mixed up a special cocktail called the Snap Iced Tea. To make your own Snap Iced Tea combine 2 oz. SNAP and 4 oz. iced tea. Pour SNAP and iced tea over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
RHUBARB TEA– Jennifer decided to go with the Red Hound. This cocktail combines 2 parts RHUBARB TEA to 4 parts red grapefruit juice and a dash of vanilla extract. This drink should be served straight up (similar to a martini) however it has been so hot out we decided to serve the Red Hound over ice and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
ROOT – Liana opted for a Root n’ Cream. Mix 2 parts ROOT to 4 parts cream soda in a glass over ice and garnish with a cherry.
All of the Art in the Age cocktails were delicious. The girls were impressed by the spirits both in their taste and the overall design and vibe of the brand; bonus points were given by the girls because it is certified organic and 80 proof.
After my girls night in, I continued to experiment with the Art in the Age Craft Spirits to see what else I could create. We are in the middle of a crazy heat wave here in the Philadelphia / New Jersey area so the only thing on my mind was figuring out ways to stay cool. Rather quickly I came up with the idea of spiked snow cones.
To make my spiked snow cones I crushed ice in my food processor until it was a consistency similar to traditional snow cones and shaved ices. I then packed a paper cup cone with shaved ice and saturated the ice with a combination of Art in the Age spirits and mixers. I decided to play on the drinks I had with my friends during our girls night in and made Red Hound spiked snow cones using the RHUBARB TEA and a Root n’ Cream spiked snow cones using ROOT. I completed my spiked snow cones with garnishes and flirty straw. You can make spiked snow cones using any type of cordial or spirit (note: clear spirits such as vodka or rum may need to be thickened with simple syrup).
The spiked snow cones were adorable and a really fun, unique way to serve a cocktail and frozen treat all-in-one. I will definitely be trying different varieties of Art in the Age spiked snow cones over the summer and coming up with my favorite. Want to try your own spiked snow cones or cocktails using Art in the Age Craft Spirits? SNAP, RHUBARB TEA and ROOT are available for purchase online in 28 states at http://www.hitimewine.net.
Samples were provided by Art in the Age Craft Spirits. Opinions are my own.