Drinks menu: Surly Girl Saloon
Surly Girl Saloon's buccaneer bartenders always impress with their fun and tasty cocktail creations. As the leaves begin to change, this Short North juke joint gets fully decked out in cobwebs and Halloween kitsch - and the drink menu gets revamped to match.
Filthy Pig ($6.50
Bakon Vodka with splashes of olive juice and house-made Bloody Mary mix served in a bacon-salt-rimmed martini glass
Adding bacon-flavored vodka and bacon salt to a Bloody Mary seems like a genius idea, and Surly's take on the classic cocktail is salty and spicy enough to erase the bland tomato soupiness found in lesser versions. The Pig pairs perfectly with eggs - try it with one of Surly Girl's eggcellent brunch options.
This blood-orange-colored drink is a hearty and very tasty Bloody Mary-like concoction. The bacon flavors add some nice smokiness.
Satan's Little Helper ($5)
Cinnamon- and cherry-infused Bulleit with IBC root beer and a cherry garnish
Root beer and whiskey - I'm in. Here, the root beer balances nicely with the intense spicy and subtle sweet flavors. The best drink of the bunch and would go perfectly with some of Surly's peppery dishes - Creamed Chicken over Biscuits or the Kickin' Chicken and Chorizo pasta.
If you're feeling a little like The Stranger in "The Big Lebowski," belly up to the bar and order this fine, fine sarsaparilla-esque beverage.
Smoking Gun ($6)
Hot apple cider with vanilla bean- and clove-infused pear vodka
Hot apple cider is a fall staple, and adding in a little punch of house-infused vodka is a nice touch. This drink warms the belly and has the zesty sweet tang of pear and apple with a smooth vanilla aftertaste. Try it with one of Surly's crazy cupcakes.
Let this hot little ditty warm your belly and brighten your day on one of Columbus' signature gray, rainy fall afternoons.
Drunken Pumpkin ($6)
Pumpkin schnapps, Kahlua and cream served in a graham cracker-rimmed rocks glass
With a graham-cracker-crusted rim and burnt orange color, this is like the pumpkin pie of cocktails. If you've filled up on one of Surly Girl's substantial Southwestern meals, this makes the perfect light dessert (dessert in booze form!).
Tastes exactly like Grandma's homemade butterscotch pudding. It's a little sweet for my taste, but if you're in the market for dessert in a rocks glass, the Drunken Pumpkin can't be beat.
Surly Girl Saloon
1126 N. High St., Short North