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Spring Has Sprung in the City of Brotherly Love

March 24, 2021 — Spring has officially begun – bringing warmer weather, flowers in bloom, and fresh new flavors all around the city.  Discover some of our favorite new seasonal dishes and cocktails at local restaurants and bars, as well as recipes for refreshing and tasty libations to craft at home.

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For imbibers looking for craft cocktails that are perfect for takeout, dinner at a BYOB, or just chilling on the couch at home, visit Art in the Age, Old-City’s unique tasting room, and go-to destination for home bar supply and bottle shop.

Art in the Age features travel-friendly bottled cocktails making it easy to enjoy your favorite mixes and flavors anytime, anywhere. Grab a four-pack to-go, or enjoy outdoors at their brand-new tasting garden during opening hours of Tuesday through Sunday from 12 – 6 pm.

116 N 3rd Street | 215.922.2600 | http://artintheage.com/

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Center City’s rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has spring-like chilled libations available for sipping on their luxurious rooftop including Walking on Air, with mezcal, poblano liqueur, housemade grapefruit cordial, grapefruit juice, and lime juice, and Sunshine, with vodka, mango puree, thyme simple syrup, and lemon juice.

Opening hours: Thursday through Saturday 4 – 9 pm

1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2723 |  https://assemblyrooftop.com

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Home to extraordinary French-focused cuisine, Forsythia, Old City’s bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, boasts an elegant menu for spring. The ever-evolving, seasonal menu features the Garlic Crusted Wagyu Brisket, served with Braised Red Cabbage, Oxtail Borscht, topped with a Miso Black Garlic, as well as the Spring Breaker cocktail, made up of gin, combier apricot, passionfruit, coconut, and lime.

Opening hours: Wednesday through Sunday from 4 – 10 pm

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 | www.forsythiaphilly.com

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Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s “global vineyard,” offers a variety of specialty spring appropriate tipples in addition to their impressive global selection of wines, including Honey Bourbon Smash, Watermelon Moscow Mule, Rosé Aperol Spritz, and Spicy Grapefruit Margarita, to name a few. Available for takeaway and sit down at Jet Wine Garden, their adjacent outdoor oasis.

Opening hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 – 10  pm, and Sunday from 2 – 8 pm.

1525 South St. | 215.735.1116 |   jetwinebar.com

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Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, offers guests a chance to enjoy the spring sun and sweeping views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at their newly re-opened expansive outdoor patio with a menu of locally sourced dishes, a bevy of carefully curated wines, and killer craft cocktails such as their Seasonal Old Fashioned with Maggie’s Farm aged rum, honey, cardamom, orange, and bitters, and Play it by Ear, with Bluecoat gin, blackberry balsamic shrub, lime, meletti, and thyme.

Opening hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 4 – 9 pm

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 |  www.urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com

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The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired bar, restaurant and live music venue located in Headhouse Square, recently re-opened with a new spring menu featuring fan-favorites like the Grilled Octopus, fresh off the charcoal grill, dusted in sumac, served with fingerling potatoes. Dine outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather, delicious offerings, craft cocktails, wine, and local beer, and occasional live music.

509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 | http://thetwistedtail.com/

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Whether you’re hosting an Easter brunch or simply the arrival of spring, Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, New Liberty Distillery, and Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile know the best way to celebrate is with fun and unique brunch cocktails shown in the spring-inspired cocktail recipes below.

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Rosé All Day

Courtesy of Fitz Bailey, Coopers’ Craft Mixologist

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve
  • ¾ oz. Simple Syrup
  •  ¾ oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White (Optional)
  • 1 oz. Rosé

Glassware: Rock Glass

Garnish: Rose Petals

Instructions: Shake egg white. Add other ingredients, shake again, shake one final time with ice, top with rose, garnish and serve.

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Earhart Aviation Cocktail

Courtesy of Jacob Looney, Online Sales at New Liberty Distillery

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ oz Snug Harbor Gin
  • ½ oz Liberty Belle Crème de Violette Liqueur
  • ¼ oz Liberty Belle Sour Cherry Liqueur
  • ½ oz Lemon Juice

Garnish: Twist of lemon peel and sink a barspoon of Crème de Violette Liqueur

Instructions: Combine ingredients with ice and shake in a shaker tin. Double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and sink a barspoon of Crème de Violette Liqueur.

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That Carrot Cocktail
Courtesy of Jackie Nevin, Art in the Age – Philadelphia

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Tamworth Garden White Mountain Gin
  • 1 oz. Carrot Juice
  •  ¾ oz. Lemon Juice
  •  ½ oz. Honey

Glassware: Coupe Glass

Garnish: Shaved Carrot

Instructions: Add all ingredients including carrot green to a shaker and shake well, strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with shaved carrot

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-Jackson Oliginio