Cocktail of the Week: Duffy’s Peep-tini

Posted May 2017

The limited-edition Peep-tini at Duffy’s Sports Grill of Sarasota

The drink: Vodka, whipped cream vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur, whipped cream, with a lemon-and-sugar rim, garnished with a righteously indignant Peep.

Honestly, and no surprise here, but it’s too sweet for me–much sweeter, even, than the scornful Peep itself. Still it was worth it just for the gag of ordering something so ridiculous at a sports bar surrounded by burly, Bud Light-drinking fellas. It does elicit a smile–whether it’s a “Yay sweet cocktail!” smile, or an “Aw, I love Peeps” smile, or a “My oh my, what have we become?” smile. In any case, it’s a cloying, irreverent, delightful affront to the Easter season, and I for one welcome our new Peep overlords.

The bar: The Duffy’s chain may be a perfect fit for this University Parkway location, which has struggled through several iterations (Johnny Carino’s once upon a time, and most recently Rev-el-Ry Pub). But, after extensive renovation, we now have an unabashed sports bar with too many TVs to count, plenty of seating and a welcoming, family-friendly vibe.

Other notable potables: An above-average sports bar selection, from your standard mojito/margarita/martini spreads to more, shall we say, “adventurous” concoctions like the Southern Sling, with Jack Daniels, banana liqueur and bitters. You can really taste the banana. Two-for-one deals all day, every day.

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