My family has a small obsession with Duffy’s Sports Grill. For the last 28 years of my life, it is the one constant restaurant where we go to eat. It’s your birthday? Let’s go to Duffy’s. Mom doesn’t want to cook on a Friday night? We should eat at Duffy’s. Anniversary? Duffy’s. Having a bad day? Duffy’s has 2-for-1’s! It’s a local and family favorite and you just can’t beat their specials. Whether you’re craving pasta with Alfredo sauce or a burger stacked high with onion rings, there is something on the menu for everyone in the family.
P and I are very lucky because we have a friend (J#2) who works for Duffy’s (he’s a Duffy’s pro!) and invites us to try the newest menu items. So far, it’s the closest thing I have to a “media pass” and we love going out with our friends. A few weeks ago, we visited the newly remodeled Jupiter East location (185 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter), which has freshly painted “Duffys’ green” walls, reupholstered booths, and a myriad of new flat screen T.V.s. It wasn’t the new decor we were there to check out, however. J#2 suggested a taste test of Duffy’s new Bourbon Street drink specials.
I love bourbon and I’m sure that I’d love Bourbon Street but P says we can’t go to New Orleans until after we’re married for undisclosed reasons. 😉
So I’ll settle with Duffy’s version of the Big Easy.
J#1 sampled the Bourbon Berry Bash, a mix of Jim Beam, blackberries, honey syrup, and fresh lemon juice. Here’s what she said: “It was dark and fruity – the right amount of sweetness to liven the bourbon without making it taste like candy. It’s great for summer and kept me coming back to sip.” You also can’t beat the fact that the cocktail itself is purple – so fun!
My drink of choice for the evening was the Bee Sting – which, if you know me, is totally predictable. I have a not-so-secret fascination with beekeeping and I adore all things ginger, so my concoction of Bulleit Rye, honey syrup, Domaine de Canton ginger liquor, and fresh lemon juice was right up my alley. It’s a more sophisticated version of my go-to alcoholic beverage, Jameson & Ginger, and packs a punch.
P picked the most masculine drink of the bunch, the Maple Old Fashioned. In his opinion, the Knob Creek laced with maple syrup, a dash of bitters, and muddled orange slices was “smooth and relaxing.” I took a sip and it almost knocked me out (Wow, that Knob Creek!). The maple syrup adds to the intensity of the bourbon whiskey while the orange slices let the drink end on a mellow note.
We will definitely be going back to Duffy’s for a second round. Maybe we can convince J#2 to add some Louis Armstrong to the Duffy’s play list for some true New Orleans inspiration.
If bourbon ain’t your thing, there’s still some delicious Duffy’s grub to dig into!
And if you ever wanted to see a photo that perfectly encapsulates my relationship with P, here ya go:
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