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This weekend is the official start of summer. Need an excuse to celebrate? I’ve gotcha covered. Grab your friends and get on deck. I’ve tasted something you’re going to crave… all summer long. You’ve heard the news about Annie Bailey’s, right? Beer and Boozy Pops are making a seasonal appearance on the Annie Bailey’s menu!
In other news, Annie Bailey’s has new owners, two brothers, Jacob and Josh. With their reintroduction back into the Lancaster scene they are feeding our need to be outdoors, celebrating time away from chores or the clock on their outdoor deck. The owners kept the restaurant’s crowd favorites but their vibrant and traveled palettes are playfully reflected on the menu. Seasonal offerings like the adult versions of frozen popsicles are an outlet for their creativity.
On a recent visit, Dan and I enjoyed a tasting from the always popular happy hour menu, a menu designed with sharing in mind. We nibbled our way through fish tacos (my favorite), coconut shrimp and cheese steak egg rolls. Though the bites were perfect for a light summer dinner it’s dessert I’d like to dish about.
Beer and Boozy Pops. Yes, you heard it correctly. Frozen cocktails on a stick. (Secretly, I hope they develop a boozy version of the pudding pop.) We licked out way through 3 flavors and after each taste the newest nibble became our favorite (in my case anyway, Dan was more decisive). Loving them all leaves me a bit stuck on just one I’d recommend. The best part is the offerings will vary throughout summer. I’d encourage sampling.
Who doesn’t love a good sweet and sour cocktail? The Cheery Blueberry was just that and some, it was Dan’s favorite. Sweet and sour inspired but with a blend of berry vodka and fresh berries. Then came Wine a Bit. Oh. It was grape and apple studded, St. Germain, frozen sweetness. Favorite! Wait… Then there was the Blue Raspberry. This pop screams summer! Raspberry vodka with strawberry chunks makes it crave worthy. (craving it now)
Hold on to your blueberry loving pants! As soon as they are in season Josh will be heading to Lancaster Central Market for blueberries and you can be sure you’ll love the popsicle it inspires.
Listen, let me just put it this way. You will need to make this a regular summer thing. Nibbles from the happy hour menu, conversational food, enjoying your friends and sampling the Beer and Boozy Pops on the Annie Bailey’s patio. See ya’ there!
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