January 19, 2022 — Roses are red, violets are blue, this Valentine’s Day we have the ultimate gift giving guide for one’s Philly-based boo. Fall in love with thoughtful, unique and in some cases – boozy – gift ideas fit for a significant other, close friend, or oneself this holiday from East Passyunk Avenue, Art in the Age, New Liberty Distillery, and REX at The Royal.
Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, boasts an extensive selection of craft spirits fit for whipping up cocktails at home for a romantic night-in this Valentine’s Day. Enter newest arrival, Damson Gin from sister distillery Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire. Available for a limited time at Art in the Age, this herbaceous spirit is low in ABV and exudes notes of damson plum, juniper, bitter orange, and anise hyssop – perfect for sipping pre or post-dinner, or mixing into a Damson Gin Fizz (see recipe here).
Additionally, the Old City storefront offers The Cocktail Workshop: An Essential Guide to Classic Drinks and How to Make Them Your Own, the quintessential cocktail literature co-authored by spirit savant Steven Grasse and esteemed travel, food and spirit writer Adam Erace. This Valentine’s Day treat that special mixologist to a piece of literature that offers an immersive dive into 20 classic libations and delicious sophisticated variations of cocktails. This is more than just a book to read, but a creative way for couples to spend time together on Valentine’s Day by crafting a favorite cocktail of choice with easy-to-read instructions.
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 12 – 6pm.
116 N 3rd Street | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com
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Bluebird Distilling, Phoenixville’s award-winning grain-to-glass craft distillery, has just the spirit to keep one’s sweetheart toasty this Valentine’s Day: the newly released warming Winter Whiskey. Couples looking for a cozy way to spend some quality time can cuddle up at the distillery and indulge in a pour of Winter Whiskey and take in the sweet taste of vanilla, baking spices, orange zest, and toffee with every sip. The 750ML bottle rings in at 80 proof and is available for purchase at the distillery or online for $44.99, or online here, to ship anywhere in PA.
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 4 —11pm and Friday through Sunday from 1 — 11pm.
100 Bridge St. Phoenixville, PA | 610-933-7827 | www.bluebirddistilling.com
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East Passyunk Avenue, home to more than 160 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, has something for everyone to enjoy this Valentine’s Day, from romantic dining spots to locally-made chocolates, to hand-crafted jewelry, and everything in between. For the imbiber, The Bottle Shop offers a plethora of craft beer, seltzers, ciders, gift sets and even personalized, engraved bottles of wine that make for a sentimental and practical present.
For those on the search for the perfect bouquet to gift to a partner, Creations By Coppola is the go-to shop for all things floral. The South Philadelphia florist offers fresh arrangements for pre-order online, as well as Grab & Go bouquets available pick-up at the storefront for last minute shoppers.
Check out the respective businesses’ websites for information including hours of operation.
1904 E. Passyunk Avenue | www.visiteastpassyunk.com
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How about some honey for your honey? New Liberty Distillery, the South Kensington craft distillery and home to award-winning spirit lines such as the revived heritage Kinsey brand, has re-stocked their popular Kinsey Single Hive Honey Whiskey just in time for gifting for that special someone (or whiskey nerd) in one’s life. Kinsey Single Hive Honey Whiskey is a sumptuous blend of Kinsey American Whiskey and Sunwick Farms’ honey that draws a profile best described as soft, viscous and leading to a floral and rounded mouthfeel, making it a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the whiskey geek or aspiring at-home mixologist. The 750ML spirit rings in at 86.8 proof and is available for purchase on site at the distillery for $39.99, or, PA residents can have it shipped directly to their door.
Hours of operation are daily from 12 — 7pm.
1431 Cadwallader St. | 267.928.4650 | www.newlibertydistillery.com
REX at The Royal, Philly’s sexiest new restaurant and destination for elevated Southern and Lowcountry cuisine, is a must for purchasing hard-to-find, global wines sure to impress any oenophile with their robust, newly-launched bottle shop. Whether selecting a bottle to bring to BYOB or enjoying an intimate wine tasting at-home this Valentine’s Day, REX at The Royal’s bottle shop is brimming with rare finds including the following:
- Cade Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, California
- Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino, Italy
- Desautels Cuiret Grand Cru Champagne, France (both Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noirs available)
Diners can purchase bottles from the on-site shop and enjoy them during a sit-down dinner for quite the romantic date night experience.
Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 5 – 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 5 – 11pm.
1524 South St. | (267) 319-1366 | www.rexphl.com