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Rick’s out of the race, but you can still raise a glass to — and of — Santorum • Brooklyn Paper

Rick’s out of the race, but you can still raise a glass to — and of — Santorum

Jonathan Stan creates the drink named for GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum — and something else.
Photo by Bryan Bruchman

A cocktail named after Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has turned out to be more popular than the candidate himself.

The ex-Senator with the dirty, little Google problem pulled out of the race for the GOP nomination long after it became clear he didn’t have the backing he’d need to take on President Obama — but a beverage riffing on a randy neologism of the sweater vest aficionado’s surname will remain on the menu at Pacific Standard on Fourth Avenue to meet the demand of hundreds of thirsty pub-goers.

Bartender Glynn Sullivan says she has mixed dozens of the boozy concoctions, which consists of orange vodka, Baileys, bitters, and, yes, chocolate flakes. She claims they’re particularly popular among ladies looking for a sweet drink and out-of-towners who get a kick out of the sexually suggestive reference, which The Brooklyn Paper will not explain, and, as a family publication, urges readers not to Google.

“Some people who order it don’t even know who the politician is — or about the other thing — but they like it because it tastes like a milkshake,” Sullivan said.

The other usage of the candidate’s name began spreading in 2003, when Dan Savage, a popular sex columnist, mounted a campaign to shame the then-Senator for comparing homosexuality to bestiality.

So what happens if the conservative poster boy falls out of the 24-hour news cycle and fades from the limelight entirely?

“We’ll probably rotate the drink out,” Sullivan said. “I was never a fan of his, anyway.”

Pacific Standard [82 Fourth Ave. between St. Marks Place and Bergen Street in Park Slope, (718) 858-1951]. For info, visit pacificstandardbrooklyn.com.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

The Santorum features chocolate shavings, representing, well, forget it.
Photo by Bryan Bruchman

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