While every podunk town in the country now crafts its own microbrew, Philly's notable for producing multiple small-scale spirits, the likes of which're very prevalent at Penn pep rallies, no matter how you interpret it. Leveraging said awesomeness is this list of off-menu cocktails prepped just for you, using local booze at local-er bars:
Union Trust's "Things Fall Apart" 717 Chestnut; Jewelry District; 215.925.6000
Head upstairs to gander at the 35ft ceiling before making yourself 10 feet tall with the help of AITA's Root, Bulleit bourbon, and a grated ginger/ vanilla/ orange/ eggwhite foam, aka Things Fall Apart, also what happens when ?uestlove doesn't read his IKEA instructions properly.
Village Whiskey's "Blue Valentine" 118 S 20th St; Rittenhouse Square; 215.665.1088
Village is slinging a potion made from Vieux Carre absinthe (from Philly distilly PDC), formerly-Philly Rittenhouse Rye, Bonal Gentiane-Quina, Luxardo Triplum, two drops of a housemade tincture, and an orange peel doused in absinthe and hit with a flame, which "intensifies the orange notes" -- although they couldn't get much juicier than the one Mrs. Hayes read aloud in class the other day.
Zavino Wine Bar's "Star of Malaysia" 112 S 13th St; Midtown Village; 215.732.2400
Mixing up coconut milk, a house star anis syrup, and AITA's Snap to form a Malaysian-inspired tropical tipple served in a martini glass, Zavino's also giving you the option to shake in some jalapeno slices for a little heat, also the remake of Michael Mann's crime thriller where everyone's played by Pacino.
Capogiro Penn's "Capo Penn" 3925 Walnut St; University City; 215.222.0252
Provided you can stop stuffing your face with ice cream for two seconds, Capogiro's concoction rests on PDC's Penn1681 vodka, Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur, vermouth, Averna Amaro, sour, and custom pink peppercorn bitters, after rinsing the glass with Vieux Carre absinthe and throwing in a little thyme, unlike SEPTA, which just takes it from you. Wet rails? Didn't they know these things would go outside?!?
MidAtlantic's "Harvest Snap" 3711 Market St; University City; 215.386.3711
Served warm in a spiced brown sugar-lipped tulip glass, this one mixes AITA's Snap with warm apple cider (mulled with cherries/cinnamon) and a house-spiced rum, which is weird, cause that dude is usually more into painkillers.
Catahoula's "Xanadu" 775 S Front St; Queen Village; 215.271.9300
Hit up the recently revamped bar at Catahoula for this potation of Bluecoat gin, crystal marmalade, lemon juice, honey syrup, whiskey barrel bitters, and house-made South Indian bitters, which're upset that North India totally (sa)ronged them, and refuses to say sari.