Well, I can officially knock cocktails in the “Music City” (Nashville, Tennessee) off the Lushworthy bucket list. Over the weekend, myself and a couple of blogger friends took part in our first ever #LushYumBeauty press trip. We sipped and noshed our way through both Chattanooga and Nashville, and had an amazing time while doing so.
I love a good Happy Hour turn-up, so I was excited to discover that The Sutler Saloon, one of the restaurants we visited while in Nashville, offered just that. All of the cocktails on their menu are half-off from 3 to 7 P.M., Monday through Friday.
A cocktail fav for me from The Sutler was “The Slingshot,” which is made using Gordon’s Gin, orange bitters, lemon, and sweet vermouth. I know that a lot of people tend to treat gin cocktails like a wicked step-kid because of past experiences. Trust me, a well-made gin cocktail will change your entire outlook on life. And “The Slingshot” has the ability to do just that. Taste-wise, it was like biting into a gin-infused orange. The orange flavor is heavily present thanks to the bitters, but there isn’t that tart ickyness you sometimes get from OJ. It. Is. Good!
The Sutler offers a handful of other craft cocktails, including the “Cucumber Cooler” and tequila-laced “Amarillo By Morning.” They also serve a handful of specialty sangrias and mules. We sampled the “Melrose” mule, which served as a Lushworthy combination of Picker’s Blood Orange Vodka, dark rum, ginger beer, and lime. Personally, I could have done without the rum. Another orange-y element (possibly orange bitters) could have upped the ante for me.
As a mac n’ cheese lover, another highlight from The Sutler was their mac n’ cheese menu. Rather than having it serve as a glorified side-dish, their mac n’ cheese is its own meal, a hearty one at that. In addition to classic mac n’ cheese, they offer smoked brisket, loaded chili, and green chile chicken mac n’ cheese.
Not a mac n’ cheese fan? Shame on you. You will find a number of other Southern style bites on the restaurant’s menu, including Chicken & Waffles, Fried Pickles & Okra, and Chicken Fried Chicken.
Planning a visit to The Sutler in the near future? You didn’t hear it from me, but there may or not may be a speakeasy bar within very, very close proximity to the restaurant. Keep that on the hush, hush though.
You can find The Sutler Saloon at 2600 8th Avenue.
***A complimentary food and drink tasting was provided by The Sutler Saloon, but the thoughts in this post are fully my own.