Oh, James…

So I’m still completely baffled by the sticker shock I encountered in — of all places — my hometown of Philadelphia this weekend. Maybe it was the astronomical cab fares that helped me justify shelling out $14 for a Jack Daniels-based cocktail. Then again, maybe it was the fact that said cocktail was wonderfully delicious and infused with local ingredients. Either way, James: I know you got one of Food & Wine’s best chefs of 2008 in the kitchen, but seriously, $14 in Philly?! My family and friends can no longer claim that NYC is too expensive to visit. Here’s what we were sippin’:

James-hattan: a manhattan made with orange, raisins and cinnamon-infused whiskey.
Grand Poire: a pear and fall spice (cloves, vanilla, star anise, cinnamon) infused vodka cocktail mixed with local pear puree, a splash of pineapple juice and Domain de Canton.

Before I end this post, I also wanted to give Anthony’s in the Italian Market an honorable mention. Though there were no cocktails consumed, three words say it all: Banana Nut Latte.

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