Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Drank: Capri Coolers at Continental

By Danya Henninger  |  January 24, 2014
Credit: Danya Henninger

Pouch booze, it’s a thing. Despite the single-digit temps, or perhaps to spite them, we’ve been sipping on summery drinks lately. Last week we enjoyed wine slushies made by a PA winery, and this week it was Capri Coolers at The Continental Mid-town.

Poke your straw into the top of the bag to access the liquid inside, just like when you were a kid. Except unlike when you were a kid, the juice in this pouch is potent. A mix of Absolut cherry-cranberry vodka, fresh lemon sour mix and blood orange bitters is what awaits, and though the combo is not overly sweet, it does disappear dangerously fast.

“This summer is when these are really going to kick butt,” explains our bartender at the eclectic, tri-level Stephen Starr spot in Rittenhouse, “but we are working out the process now.”

The process is complex, from the portioning of the liquid to the vacuum sealing of each pouch to the printing and application of the colorful labels. Before the warm weather arrives, Continental hopes to have pre-printed bags to work with, but for now, each $11 drink is hand-fashioned. Holding on to one while sitting at the bar next to hanging wicker chairs, you can almost feel the summer breeze. Almost.