A while back, we at the P & P Drinking Company went to a local bar with a friend to try out their “alcoholic” cupcakes. (In this case, “alcoholic” means “made with alcohol” and not “has a drinking problem.”) As cupcakes go, they were fine. As alcoholic cupcakes go, they were a disappointment. We believe that the alcohol was added only to the cake batter and prior to cooking, which imparts only a slight flavor.

Of course, we thought we could do better.

We can’t say much about what we’ve done, as this is a secret cupcake project. I can tell you this, though: Our latest effort was a dark chocolate/Honey Jack cupcake with a salted caramel/Honey Jack/buttercream frosting, and it was pretty spectacular. (We are all glad we took good notes!)

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Published in: on July 29, 2013 at 12:47 am  Leave a Comment  



Recently, we’ve been trying out happy hour at Isabella’s in Conshocken. A big part of the draw is their summer specialty cocktail menu. They are flavoring their own liquors in-house, and have some very appealing combinations. There’s a rhubarb mojito (which we have not yet sampled) and a few yummy martinis. We tried the cucumber-lime (Kaffir-Basil-Key Lime Infused Absolut Vodka, Fresh Cucumber) and the lavender-honey (Lavender & Vanilla Bean Infused Absolut Vodka, Wildflower Honey), which were both delish.

The $5 and $7 tapas plates don’t suck, either. (Be sure to get the olives.)

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Published in: on July 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gingers Love Ginger

Believe or not, we at the P & P Drinking Company made a brief stop at Seafood Unlimited in Center City the other day. (Yes, I said seafood.) While we were there, we treated ourselves to their Lemon-Ginger Martini, made with SKYY Ginger vodka, ginger syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Super tasty, but the Isaiah Zagar mosaics & the cinnamon-sugar rim are what made it special.

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Published in: on July 17, 2013 at 3:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Rumor Has It

In the car the other day, we were listening to an interview with Amy Stewart, author of “The Drunken Botanist” on NPR. (This book has been on our reading list for a while, but we haven’t gotten to it quite yet. She was amusing enough that it has moved up on the list, though.) According to Ms. Amy, gin is just juniper-flavored vodka. So your gin and tonic, as it turns out, is really just a flavored vodka tonic. (Still better with extra lime.)

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Published in: on July 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment