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Art in the Age ROOT Infusion Class - 2.25.20


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February 25th, 2020
6-8 PM
Do you miss our Art in the Age original historic recipe spirits: ROOT, SNAP, SAGE, & RHUBARB? Learn how to replicate our cult favorite spirits at home. Each edition of this year long series will walk you through the ingredients, infusion times-  how to recreate the original spirits line that put Art in the Age Craft Spirits on the map. 

Tickets include explanation of the process of infusing your own "ROOT" Spirit - along with all herbs, spices, and materials needed to create one 375 ml bottle to take home as well as the recipe for future use! Two cocktails will be served during the class using one of our finished infusions.


History of ROOT:
In the 1700’s, it was called “Root Tea.” An herbal remedy made with sassafras, sarsaparilla, birch bark and other wild roots and herbs. Native Americans taught the recipe to colonial settlers. As it was passed it down from generation to generation, it grew in potency and complexity. Particularly in the Pennsylvania hinterlands, where the ingredients naturally grow in abundance.

At the close of the 19th century, as the Temperance movement conspired to take the fun out of everything, a Philadelphia pharmacist removed the alcohol from Root Tea and rechristened it (ironically) “Root Beer”. He did this so that hard drinking Pennsylvania coal miners and steelworkers could enjoy it in place of true alcoholic refreshment. He introduced his “Root Beer” in a big way at the still legendary 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. The rest, as you know, is flaccid history.