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Philly’s Superior Spring Sippers

April 28, 2022 — Spring is in the air and in honor of the warmer weather and change in seasons, we’ve rounded up a bevy of spring cocktails that are fresh for the new season in the City of Brotherly Love at some killer locales, including Rex at The Royal, Forsythia, Patchwork, Royal Boucherie, and more.

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New Liberty Distillery, the South Kensington craft distillery and home to award-winning spirit lines such as the revived heritage Kinsey brand, has crafted a unique and refreshing take on seasonal cocktails. Imbibers can enjoy spring sippers like the Beach Bum ($13), crafted with Dreadnought White Rum, Single Prop Coconut Rum, mango cordial, orgeat, lime, mint, and angostura bitters. Other seasonal tipples include the Miranda Indigo ($12), made with Snug Harbor Gin, dry vermouth, crème de violette, and a lemon twist, as well as the Highland Sushi ($12), composed of roasted sesame infused Kinsey Scotch, cucumber and honey ginger cordial, and lemon.

Hours of operation: Thursday from 4 pm – 10 pm, Friday from 4 pm – 11 pm, Saturday from 2 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm – 6 pm

1431 Cadwallader St | 267.928.4650 | www.newlibertydistillery.com

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Art in the Age, Philadelphia’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, provides imbibers with a unique tasting experience and mouth-watering spring cocktails crafted by Jackie Nevin, including the Artichoke Old Fashioned ($13), created with Kinsey Bourbon, Cynar, orange oleo, and a few drops of Dashfire bay leaf bitters. Folks can also enjoy Art in the Age’s Butterfly Effect ($14) cocktail, comprised of butterfly pea infused tequila, Liberty Belle Crème de Violette, lime juice, aquafaba, a couple of dashes of Bittercube Bolivar bitters, topped with grapefruit soda. These designer cocktails and many more are available at the bar, as well as outside in the lush Cocktail Garden, during normal shop hours in addition to Golden Hour, where rotating specials are offered every Tuesday – Friday from 3 – 5pm.

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Thursday from 12 pm – 6pm, Friday through Saturday from 12 pm – 7 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm – 6pm

116 N 3rd St | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com

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Rex at The Royal, Philly’s sexiest new restaurant and destination for elevated Southern and Lowcountry cuisine, recently launched a spring cocktail menu featuring seasonally-apt sippers like the Le Fraîche Prince ($13), a mixture of gentian amaro, dry vermouth, Combier, blackberries, and basil served over crushed ice, along with the Deep South ($12) cocktail, crafted with rooibos tea infused vodka, lemon, and salted honey, and the Por Dio ($14) cocktail, crafted with Blanco tequila, carrot, turmeric, lime, and Galliano.

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday through Saturday from 5 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am – 2:30 pm and 5 pm – 12 am

1524 South St | 267.319.1366 | www.rexphl.com

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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, boasts a lovely seasonal cocktail menu that is ideal for sipping in the warmer weather. These seasonal tipples include The Blackstar ($15), with gin, blackberry gastrique, hibiscus, and lemon, Snow Tiger ($15), crafted with rum, snow pea, fennel, pastis menthol, Luxardo Maraschino, and lime, and the Basil Rathbone ($15), composed of bourbon, smoked brown sugar, basil, and lemon bitters.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 5 pm – 10 pm for dinner service, and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am – 2 pm for brunch service

233 Chestnut St | 215.644.9395 | www.forsythiaphilly.com

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Red Owl Tavern, the contemporary kitchen and bar located across from Independence Hall, offers diners an opportunity to savor floral libations created by Lead Bartender Christopher Devern while taking in views of historic Independence Mall and scenic Old City. Red Owl Tavern offers delicious cocktails like the Can-Dew ($16), composed of gin with fresh melon syrup, aperol, and lemon, along with the Rusty Nail ($15), made by infusing local Kinsey Single Hive Honey and Monkey Shoulder Scotch with grilled oranges with Drambuie Scotch liquor, which exudes notes of honey, herbs, and spices.

For those who are looking for a zero-proof option, Red Owl Tavern is serving up a refresher titled Nojito ($13), a non-alcoholic twist on a mojito using a house-made blueberry and citrus peel oleo saccharum.

Hours of operation: Monday through Wednesday, 8 am – 9 pm, Thursday and Friday, 8 am – 10 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 10 pm, Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm.

433 Chestnut St | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com

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Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the chic rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, boasts a wide variety of spring tipples, including refreshing and floral-inspired cocktails, like The Aviator ($16), composed of peaflower infused gin with cherry, Italicus, and Saint Germain and a refreshing martini dubbed Pink Robin ($16), made with dragon fruit, Licor 43, and lime juice.

Hours of operation: Thursday through Saturday, 8 pm – 2 am

433 Chesnut St | 215.925.2889 | www.stratuslounge.com

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Bluebird Distilling, Phoenixville’s grain-to-glass craft distillery, offers a wide variety of seasonal tipples at their unique tasting room located in Phoenixville, including Ginchillin’ ($12), fashioned with barrel-rested gin, ginger, lemon, honey, and ginger beer, as well as their cocktail dubbed OnlyFriends Punch ($12), composed of vodka, passionfruit, pineapple, lime, vanilla, and ginger beer.

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 4 pm – 11 pm, Friday through Sunday from 1 pm – 11 pm

100 Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA | 610.933.7827 | www.bluebirddistilling.com

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Char & Stave, the brand new Ardmore all-day café and cocktail bar from Bluebird Distilling’s Jared Adkins, is offering coffee and tea themed cocktails all season long, including an herbal treat and sunrise in a glass aptly titled the Rising Sun ($13), comprised of Sugarcane Rum, mint, lime, honey, green and chamomile tea. Folks can try out the delectable Ardmore Old Fashioned ($13), made with Bluebird Distilling Four Grain Bourbon, light roast, angostura, and chicory pecan bitters.

Hours of operation: Monday and Tuesday from 7 am – 10 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 7 am – 12 am, Saturday from 8 am – 12 am, and Sunday from 8 am – 11 pm

21 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, PA | 484.414.4102 | www.charandstave.com

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Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine, located on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City, boasts a large menu of expertly crafted beverages, including a few stunning spring-themed cocktails. Imbibers can indulge in the Centric Collins ($15), composed of Bluecoat Gin, champagne syrup, and fresh citrus, as well as their Local Old Fashioned ($18), made with Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey, angostura, and orange.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Thursday from 6:30 am – 11:30 am and 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday from 6:30 am – 11:30 am and 5 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 8 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm

1620 Chancellor St | 215.985.1234 | www.patchworkphilly.com

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s atmospheric and lively neighborhood restaurant and bar, offers imbibers a variety of stunning options for seasonal cocktails. Folks can enjoy libations like Castles Made of Sand ($14), composed of Hendricks Gin, Crème de Violette, orange liquor, and lemon, as well as Parisian Rose ($13), made with hibiscus infused bourbon, lemon, and egg whites, and their Monet Exchange ($14), crafted with Tito’s Vodka, Saint Germaine, Dolin Blanc, grapefruit, lemon, and rosemary.

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday from 4 pm – 10 pm for dinner service, and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm for brunch service

52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 | www.royalboucherie.com

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Townsend EPX, the acclaimed French restaurant located on bustling East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, will be host to imbibers’ new favorite seasonal libations with their drink dubbed The Provencal Fizz ($15), crafted with lavender-infused gin, Cognac, lemon, cider, and egg white, along with another stunning cocktail named Summer Breeze ($15), composed with mezcal, strawberry black peppercorn shrub, and lime.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 5 pm – 2 am and 5 pm – 10 pm for dinner service

1623 East Passyunk Ave | 267.534.4175 | www.townsendepx.com

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The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live music venue on Headhouse Square, boasts a large selection of seasonal beverages, including the Lynchburg Basil Lemonade ($12), fashioned with Jack Daniels, fresh basil, and their homemade southern lemonade, as well as The “Boog” ($14), a compilation of TTT Buffalo Trace, NJ blueberry, NJ honey, lemon, and rosemary.

Hours of operation: Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm, and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm

509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 |  www.thetwistedtail.com

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge, The Logan Hotel’s year-round swanky rooftop cocktail bar and lounge, offers imbibers impeccable cocktails that will taste like spring, including Down the Shore ($16), crafted with Country Smooth Bourbon, fresh strawberry, basil, and simple, as well as their cocktail dubbed The Butterfly Effect ($15), a stunning mixture of butterfly tea infused Stateside Vodka, Saint Germain, lemon, and simple syrup.

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 4 pm with last seating at 10:30 pm

1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy | 215.783.4171 | www.assemblyrooftop.com

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