Prohibition Bakery in New York City is celebrating one year of mixing cupcakes and cocktails at their Lower East Side storefront with more than just a little bubbly. After all, when boozy cupcakesare your business, no ordinary celebratory champagne cupcake will suffice and nothing says one-year anniversary like a cupcake inspired by Ernest Hemingway and called Death in the Afternoon. The self-proclaimed original alcoholic cupcake company decided to add a champagne filling to their champagne cupcake before topping it with absinthe frosting and a champagne and lemon cube. This particular flavor looks like it will only be available for a limited time while they celebrate their anniversary with fans and customers.
Seeing as I just wrote about cupcake and wine pairings, it should come as no surprise that an enterprising restauranteer has continued to expand on the copacetic relationship between cupcakes and adult beverages: Pazo, an upscale Baltimore lounge, just started featuring a Thursday evening Cupcakes and Cocktails menu.
According to the review of the new menu in the Baltimore Sun, the cupcakes are amazing and positively cheap at $2, while the cocktails are good and on the expensive side at $9-$14. The cupcakes come in mature flavors like rum baba and and sweet corn and are matched with sophisticated cocktails like the elderflower Mondello Mojito and the espresso martini (with real espresso!).
I could be wrong, but I feel like with this manifestation, cupcakes have transcended to the level of classy late night snacks. Will they be the next tapas? Well, only time (and perhaps further cupcake and cocktail menus) will tell.