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Porchlight Book Club with Steve Grasse, Adam Erace, and Lee Noble

May 08, 2023 05:30 PM

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Backcountry Cocktails: Civilized Drinks for Wild Places! Authors Steve Grasse, Adam Erace, and Lee Noble will be signing books at Porchlight. Attendees will enjoy inspired drinks, live music, and great company



Ticket details:

General admission: $20, includes 2 drink tickets

General admission + signed copy of the book: $35, includes 2 drink tickets

Additional food and beverage available for purchase.

About the book:

Craft cocktails meet the great outdoors in this vibrant celebration of good times and good spirits, from the authors of The Cocktail Workshop.

What could possibly enhance the natural beauty of a crystal-clear lake, snow-capped mountain, or backyard fire pit? A craft cocktail, of course! So cozy up by the campfire, pack your cooler for a picnic out at the lake, or rent a mountainside cabin with your friends—it’s time to head for the woods for some good times and good spirits courtesy of Backcountry Cocktails.

Inspired by the singular natural beauty of New Hampshire's White Mountains, this book is a true celebration of entertaining in the outdoors—with dozens of seasonally-inspired and organized recipes to enjoy outside, whether you're on an early spring hike or a mid-winter retreat. Each recipe from authors Steven Grasse and Adam Erace, of The Cocktail Workshop, captures the energy of hitting the trails in an elevated yet approachable ode to craft cocktails and the beauty of the natural world. No matter your cocktailing style, there's something for everyone, from spiked cocoa to frozen fizzes (perfect for packing as a treat after an afternoon of hiking), and even foraged creations that will tie your experience to the land around you. All recipes are designed to use relatively few ingredients (for easy packability), and to be both portable and batchable—so you can enjoy them no matter what kind of adventure you have planned for the day. Each seasonal chapter also includes a handful of recipes for entertaining, like Crispy Cast-Iron Trout with Wild Greens, "field guide" how-to's on local experts covering topics from medicinal plants to preserving fruit, and DIYs (like fermenting your own vegetables or foraging for mushrooms).

Photo: Stevie Chris

Steven Grasse is an entrepreneur equally influenced by punk rock and New England transcendentalism. After creating some of the most outrageous booze brands of the twenty-first century (Hendrick's Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Art in the Age Craft Spirits) seemingly out of thin air, he opened the award-winning Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 2015. Steven is also the author of The Cocktail Workshop, Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History, The Good Reverend's Guide to Infused Spirits, Evil Empire, and Brand Mysticism, and was named a 2023 Innovator of the Year by FOOD & WINE. He lives and works in Philadelphia, but his heart is always at his farmhouse in the White Mountains.

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Photo: Neal Santos

Adam Erace is a food and travel writer, restaurant critic, recipe developer, and co-author of The Cocktail Workshop, Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly's Palizzi Social Club, and Laurel: Modern American Flavors in Philadelphia. He contributes to many publications, including Travel + Leisure, Fortune, and Food & Wine, and his work has been recognized with awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Association of Food Journalists. He lives in South Philly with his wife, Charlotte, and three maniacal rescue dogs.

Lee Noble is the lead Cocktail Specialist for Art in the Age and Quaker City Mercantile, working with both to create and manage cocktail content for house brands and clients. Noble has taught more than 100 consumer-focused cocktail classes at the Art in the Age store since 2018, and many more online during COVID. His publishing credits include recipes in The Cocktail Workshop: An Essential Guide to Classic Drinks and How to Make Them Your Own, and the upcoming Backcountry Cocktails: Civilized Drinks for Wild Places, both produced by Quaker City Mercantile.

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