Not Your Grandma’s Ginger Snap
It’s actually your great-great-grand mother’s spirit, and not the spooky kind. ROOT & SNAP are 80% proof certified organic spirits, [re]created by Art in the Age, and officially launched in California at Rickhouse, San Francisco, in February.
Aromatic, delicious, and cocktail-perfect, both ROOT and SNAP deserve to occupy a top shelf at any San-Francisco bar worth its cocktail-making tools.
Amber-brown ROOT has its origins in a 1700s Native-American recipe, later developed by the Pennsylvania pioneers, using anise, birch bark, cloves, cardamom, spearmint and citrus. With added cane sugar, the liquor is distilled in small batches to maintain its high quality. Ruddy-brown SNAP also hails from Pennsylvania, using an ancient Dutch recipe for ‘lebkuchen’, or ginger snap, made with minerals- and antioxidants-rich blackstrap molasses.
Signature ROOT & SNAP cocktails include foamy South Street Sour (SNAP, Applejack, lemon, honey, bitters, and egg white); Rittenhouse Square (SNAP, Rittenhouse Rye, and Aperol); sparkly The Overbrook (SNAP, Cynar, and soda), velvety-deep Rahzel (ROOT, El Tesoro Anejo, Mezcal, and bitters); addictively-caffeinated Black Thought (ROOT, vodka, coffee liqueur, Liquor 43, and tobacco tincture – this reporter’s favorite), and Root Flip (ROOT, Bourbon, Liquor 43, Averna, cream, whole egg, and cinnamon).
Friendly and versatile, both ROOT and SNAP are great for baking, and you don’t even have to be a grandma to turn up some amazing treats. At the launch party at Rickhouse, Gillian Shaw and her partner Max from Black Jet Baking Co., both rather young and energetic, presented some great cocktail and cookie pairing. Melt-in-your mouth ROOT Creams, chewy Hazel SNAPS with apricot and other fruit, and Devil-n-ROOT chocolate mini muffins with a spirit-infused creamy center, were obviously a step above any ginger snaps known to humankind until now.