Our friends at Whole Foods Callowhill in Philadelphia took SAGE confections to a new level with these SAGE buttercream and pomegranate cupcakes!
The cupcakes began with delicious vanilla cake.
First a SAGE-pomegranate soak was brushed onto the cupcake to give it a little pop of flavor.
Then the delicious SAGE buttercream was piped onto the cupcake, leaving a slight dip in the center.
Next an emulsifier was added to the SAGE-pomegranate soak, and frothed with a beurre mixer to create a foam.
The SAGE-pomegranate foam is then spooned into the center of the buttercream.
Lastly, the cupcakes are garnished with a crispy piece of fresh candied SAGE!
These cupcakes will be available for a limited time only at Whole Foods Callowhill starting Thursday, December 13th.
Pick up an extra, you won’t regret it!
The Starr Restaurant organization recently launched an Instagram account (@Starr_Restaurant), and is celebrating in a most spirited way. Throughout the month of November, Old City martini bar Continental is running a “Spirit Month” with specially priced cocktails made from local liquors. Order a tipple using ingredients made by in-city distillerPhiladelphia Distilling, Art in the Age (headquartered in Philly) orCooper Spirits, which has offices in Philadelphia, New York and Paris, and your drink is just $4 – a serious steal.
Plus, if you post a photo of your drink on Instagram and tag #ContinentalOldCity, you’ll win a free prize. Just like that. Below, check out the full list of liquors that qualify for the discounted drinks and some of the cocktails on offer – though you are welcome to create your own.
Art in the Age
Slow & Low
The Ginger (Snap, Bluecoat, lemon, housemade ginger beer, candied ginger)
Philly Vesper (Bluecoat, Penn 1681, Lillet, orange)
White Whiskey Sour (XXX Shine, lime, orange, agave, Root)
The Continental (Penn 1681, dry vermouth, lemon-stuffed olive)
Xhenong Tea (Rhubarb Tea, black tea, honey, Chinese five spice)
Today being the first of November means two things. One: It’s the kickoff off of Movember, the annual drive for dudes to sprout mustaches to help draw attention to prostate and testicular cancer, as well as other men’s health issues. Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall is providing free shaves tonight for those interested in starting off with a clean slate. And it’s also the start of Spirit Month. That’s Starr’s month-long celebration of locally distilled booze at OG Continental in Old City. All month long drinks mixed, stirred, shaken and poured with homegrown hooch, like those from Philadelphia Distilling Company, Art In the Age, and Cooper Spirits (what, no Jacquin’s?) will be served for $4 a piece. And as an added incentive, snap a picture of your Spirit Month drink, and Instagram it with the #ContinentalOldCity hashtag, and you will be rewarded with a gift.
I know my way around a proper tea steep, but when it comes to cocktails I’m clueless. And just to be clear, I’ve never been a fan of artificially flavored alcoholic sips. If I wanted a chocolate covered strawberry or green apple, I’d rather have a bite than a bright pink or neon green drink. But offer me a glass of a botanical spirit, and let’s just say my spirits would be lifted.
The creative mixologists at Art in The Age crafted a botanical spirit that sends my mind into the garden. SAGE garden gin is instilled with rosemary, sage, thyme, dandelion, angellica, lavender…and assam black tea. Yes, assam black tea. Even though the rich, malty tea didn’t sing through the spirit, it effortlessly mixed with the herbaceous and woodsy flavors.
I was first introduced to the garden gin at the Art in Age-Sage tasting party. Beyond the alluring aroma, I was smitten when I learned about the story behind the spirit. It makes perfect sense that Philadelphia’s Art in The Age would distill a creation steeped in history. Did you known that Mr. Thomas Jefferson was a horticulturalist at heart? Neither did I. And he had a “botanical advisor,” Mr. Bernard McMahon. Known for publishing the first seed list and for his book “Flora Americae” (that documented the 130 plants discovered by Lewis and Clark), McMahon helped pioneer our growing gardens. According to Art in the Age, “In those days, it was also customary for the gentry to make their own garden spirits. Each family’s was different, reflecting both their tastes and the output of the local soil.” While chilled fall winds pull me away from green patches and into the warm kitchen, I may just reach for this tea & botanical infused spirit. And if I want to make it a happier hour, I’ll roast almonds with assam black tea for the perfect cocktail companion. Just tell me this…what’s your favorite tea infused cocktail?
Teaspoons & Petals, 10.25.2012