there’s something positively exquisite about a well-crafted cocktail.
fortunately, boston – and somerville, the neighboring town i live in – has a number of talented bartenders and watering holes that specialize in craft cocktails. i never do it in a crowded bar, but i always love when i get the chance to actually chat with a bartender who really knows their stuff and will talk to me about what i might like to drink. i’m a gin girl, but it usually gets me in trouble. i also love a spicy rye, and of course, a scotch that’s old enough to drink itself. my parents instilled an appreciation of fine wine in me from an early age, and you really can’t live in this area (or be a diehard football fan) without drinking good beer.
i love a good cocktail, but when it comes to drinks that i mix at home, i tend to go simple. gin & tonic, dark & stormy, mimosas – i lean towards cocktails with two or three ingredients, maximum. i typically leave the fancy mixology up to the experts, and stick to wine, beer, and simple cocktails when i’m hanging out at my house. but one of my favorite things to find are specialty liquors. local brews, specialty bitters, and unique syrups that jazz up a classic cocktail and make it something new and exciting. there’s something delightful about trying an unexpected combination of flavors, and then getting to share that with other like-minded, boozehound-type people. it helps that most of my friends share my affinity for delicious, well-blended cocktails, and we’re always on the lookout for something we haven’t tried before. i’d really like to start posting more cocktail recipes, since the simple ones that i make at home aren’t that difficult to recreate.
and seriously, guys. have you tried these craft organic spirits by art in the age of mechanical reproduction? because they’re too cool for words. literally, you have to try them to understand why they’re so fascinating and delicious and absolutely alluring, whether you sip them straight up or try them in one of many delicious custom cocktail recipes.
i’ve long been a fan of ROOT, a delicious, dark and spicy spirit that harkens back to the original 1700’s herbal remedy called “root tea,” which we call (in its non-alcoholic form), “root beer.” i was lucky enough to attend a launch party for the company’s newest offering, RHUBARB TEA, just a few weeks ago. and this new spirit is a lot of fun – sweet with hint of crispness, sour and tart but with a touch of spice. they even teamed up with union square donuts to create a scrumptious limited-edition donut using the spirit. but when i realized that they had an offering named SNAP, i knew we had to get together. i mean, come on. ginger-snapped and SNAP organic spirit. is there a more perfect combination? i think not.
and truly, this spirit is worth dropping everything for – seriously, stop reading and go find yourself a bottle. i was a little worried that it would be cloyingly sweet, or that the ginger’s spiciness would overpower everything else. i was wrong. rather than using artificial flavors to recreate the peppery sweetness of a gingersnap cookie, instead real ingredients like ginger, allspice, molasses, and nutmeg are distilled to create a beautifully balanced, buttery and warm spirit that hits all the right notes.
beyond just getting the word out on this beyond scrumptious beverage, we’ve teamed up to host a fantastic giveaway! one lucky winner will receive a generous SNAP prize pack, which includes a SNAP mug, a sample pack of hella bitters, an art in the age t-shirt, whiskey disks, and a package of field notes for all of your tasting adventures!
entering is simple. all you have to do is comment on this post with your favorite cocktail (or cocktails-with-an-S, if you’re like me and hate choosing favorites). you can even get an extra entry for each of the following:
-like ginger-snapped on facebook
-like art in the age on facebook
-follow @ginger__snapped on twitter
-follow @artintheage on twitter
-tweet about the giveaway and include a link to this post (ex. i just entered to win a SNAP spirit prize pack from @artintheage & @ginger__snapped – you can too! http://wp.me/p1qaTw-ys)
for each additional entry, please post a separate comment on this post – combined posts with all entries will only count as one extra entry. the contest ends friday, july 5th at 11:30pm. the winner will be selected using random.org, and will be notified via email. see rules and regulations at the end of the post for more info.
and of course, no cocktail giveaway post would be complete without a yummy homemade cocktail featuring SNAP! this is a twist on the classic whiskey smash, which my husband and i are both mildly obsessed with. after playing around with a few combinations, we both loved this refreshing, sweet and spicy cocktail – and it’s really easy to make at home. feel free to substitute regular simple syrup if that’s what you have, but it’s ridiculously easy to make ginger-infused simple syrup at home, and is definitely worth the extra few minutes.
7 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon ginger simple syrup
1/4 cup SNAP liqueur
in a cocktail shaker or large glass, use a muddler or end of a wooden spoon to gently muddle mint, lemon, and ginger simple syrup. add several cubes of ice and the SNAP. give a few solid shakes, then strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. garnish with fresh mint.
contest ends friday, july 5th, 2013 at 11:30pm. all entries will be verified, and any entry that does not follow rules will be removed and disqualified (i.e. extra entries by participants that have not followed on social media or tweeted appropriately). winner will be notified and prize will be sent directly from art in the age. open to legal residents of the united states, 18 years of age and older. please note that ginger-snapped is not responsible for sponsors that do not ship their prize. if you win and do not hear from ginger-snapped or the sponsor within 30 days, please contact me by email. after 30 days, i may no longer be able to assist you. by providing information on this blog post, you are providing information to me and me alone. your information will not be sold or shared and will be used for the sole purpose of contacting the winner.