ROOT and SNAP are two 80-proof organic spirits from Philly-based Art in The Age that've just made it into select South Florida spots. Dubbed "the first true American Liqueur in nearly 100 years", ROOT's based on a 18thC Penn root beer-ish recipe involving birch bark, cloves, and spearmint; meanwhile, the even-newer SNAP takes a cue from the ginger cookie kind, meaning it's rich in molasses, which’s also how most grandmothers describe their portfolios. And while they’re kinda delicious alone, we got some choice local spots to whip up request-only off-menu drinks with them. The line-up:
Sustain: "Cream Flip" Basically "a root beer float, but without the ice cream", the Flip employs tarragon, fennel, milk stout, and egg whites to basically make it the most delicious foamy thing since that college party with lots of pizza, and also foam.
City Hall: "Root to the City" This guy reflects City's southern hospitality by loading up with a ton of anisette and lemonade to "mellow out the herb-rich taste", which someone should do for the poor kid in Super Troopers, right meow.
Zuma: "American Roots" When you just can't be without that feeling of "a sweet summer day", ask Zuma's 'tender for this tall glass of ROOT mixed with pineapple, apple juice, caramel syrup, rye, and bitters scraped from the bottom of the barrel, aka, members of the Bachelor Pad cast who simply can't believe the government takes money from their paychecks.
The Florida Room: "Roots & Kush" Not to be mistaken for a band involving ?uestlove and the dude who totally punked Jerry Maguire, this winner from the Florida Room pairs both liqueurs with spiced rum, ginger syrup, and all manner of berries.
The Stage: "Afternoon Delight" Hit the house of mixology on Fridays and Saturdays and ask for this SNAP-based job that throws in everything from candied ginger and orange blossom honey syrup to house-blended chai tea, which the bartender says is inspired by Mad Men's
propensity to lawnmower the crap out of people's feet constant drinking and midday trysts.