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
Guys! Art In The Age is in LA!! How exciting?! They’ll be having a drinks and there will be live jazz and it will all be happening at Glendale’s Neat.
LA I’m Yours, 9.26.2012
Art in the Age Debuts Newest Spirit — SAGE, a “Garden Gin”
I arrived at Vedge last Wednesday after work, truly excited for a taste of Art in the Age’s newest spirit, SAGE. I’ve enjoyed this line of craft spirits before, but I knew I was in for a treat this time.
Once inside the comfortable lounge around the corner from Vedge’s spacious bar and dining area, I was greeted with the first specialty cocktail of the evening—“Sage Blossom.” Light and refreshing, this drink featured SAGE, citrus, canary melon, orange flower water and soda. The 80 proof SAGE was wonderfully flavorful, making for a refreshing cocktail that still packs a punch.
SAGE is a “garden gin” made with organic botanicals like thyme, rosemary, lavender, fennel and sage, making for a savory spirit that can hold its own in some seriously cool concoctions. Refresh some of your favorites by trying out the “Greenhouse Gimlet,” “Sage and Tonic” and “Sage Martini.” After tasting the citrus flavors in the “Sage Blossom,” I’d love to see how SAGE would work as a complement to the traditional shandy, my go-to summer drink.
Also on the menu were three other SAGE inspired cocktails, as well as a host of vegetarian hors d’oeuvres. I snagged a bite of the smoked eggplant dip and had to practice some serious restraint in order to avoid claiming the tray as my own. (Note to self: return to Vedge soon!)
The preview of SAGE was awesome, and I can’t wait to go get a bottle and start experimenting. This is the perfect spirit to surprise friends with—they’ll never look at a gin and tonic the same way again. Cheers!
Find Vedge in Philadelphia’s Washington Square neighborhood at 1221 Locust Street, or online at vedgerestaurant.com. More information on SAGE or Art in the Age spirits may be found at artintheage.com. Click here to score a fine lineup of SAGE-infused cocktail how-tos.
Main Line Dish, 9.4.2012