Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

Changes to Petruce et al.'s Cocktail Menu Bring More Kitchen Collaborations

Changes to Petruce et al.'s Cocktail Menu Bring More Kitchen Collaborations

When Petruce et al. opened back in March of last year, the power of the team behind the beverage program overshadowed the relatively unknown culinary talent of brother-chef-owners Jonathan and Justin Petruce. With former a.kitchen sommelier Tim Kweeder heading up the wine and beer program and the legendary George Costa behind the bar, the drinks situation at Petruce was serious from day one.

When Costa moved on a few months back, Kevin Hess took over the program and is gradually converting that cocktail menu to one that shares a similar voice to the kitchen.

"I've been trying to focus on talking to the brothers," Hess explains. "Seeing what can we do that would be cool behind the bar."

Hess and Petruce's bar staff opted to begin the transition with the happy hour menu. They've opted for a rotating menu of classics, like an Aviation and a Blood and Sand, along with one cocktail off the menu, priced in the very friendly $6 to $8 range. Along with a dollar off draft beers like Jolly Pumpkin's Maracaibo Especial Sour Brown and $6 pours of wine, cider and sherry, Kweeder has also rolled out a top shelf take on the beloved Citywide, London Balling barleywine and a shot of Angel's Envy bourbon.

The kitchen is putting out some great small plates to go with the drink specials including the Petruce brothers' bacon cheeseburger-inspired beef tartare with mushrooms, iceberg and pickles.

When it comes to revamping the cocktail menu, Hess is taking a team-based approach. "I don't want this to be my menu, I want it to be our menu, it's our place."

Some of Costa's menu will stay on including the Man Man-Hattan, a smoky blend of rye, scotch and bitter Carpano Antica and Averna, as well as the Poncho's Redemption, a tequila and mescal-based take on a margarita that incorporates ginger into the mix.

Just like the kitchen, Hess is looking forward to working with spring ingredients to make for a new selection of cocktails. He's got a rhubarb syrup in the work, plus plans for a few fun tiki drinks as well as a brandy and rum punch.

Petruce et al.;
1121 Walnut St., 267-255-8232

Photos by Caroline Russock


Tags: Cocktails
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we sit down with Barry Johnson, better known as "Bartender Barry" of Instagram and as cocktail catering special...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 9, 2022
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing's New Philadelphia Location on the Parkway Now Open

Victory Brewing Co just launched their newest venture right in the heart of Philadelphia, making the former TG...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 26, 2021
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Philly Cider Week Returns This Year, October 26-31

Cider fans rejoice because after taking a hiatus last year, Philly Cider Week is back for it's third year....read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 14, 2021
 Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory's New Philadelphia Brewery on the Parkway to Open this Fall

Victory Brewing Co. is opening its first Philadelphia taproom and brewery in the heart of Center City at 1776 ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 12, 2021
Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party, July 1

Drink Philly's Red, White, & Blue Boat Party, July 1

Party on a yacht down the Delaware River in style with a three hour open bar, a dinner buffet, and a live DJ all included with your ticket....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 4, 2021
Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Local Winery Spotlight: Vox Vineti Wines

Ed Lazzerini says his goal is clear - to make world class wine in Pennsylvania. From the taste of it, he is well on his way. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 21, 2020
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

In this history segment, we take a closer look at a classic cocktail: The Boulevardier....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 2, 2020
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close