My friend Jessica Sample is leaving the country for two years. So in her final months, we created a “Springfield Bucket List” of places she wanted to try before her move. At the top of that list? The Golden Girl Rum Club. The downtown staple launched a new menu for their two-year anniversary in March 2018, so we decided there was no better time to try it.
Jess and I met our other friend Katelyn Shively for a weekday happy hour. We hadn’t seen each other in about two weeks (which is a long time for us), so we ordered plenty of food and drinks while we caught up. First order of business: booze. Jess keeps it simple, so she ordered the caipirinha, made with Cachaça, turbinado sugar and lime. Katelyn is a sucker for ginger, so she got the “O” You Suffering Bastard, made with PF 1840 Cognac, Citadelle gin, Big O Ginger liqueur, falernum, lime, Angostura Amaro and ginger beer. We all agreed her drink was our favorite. I ordered the We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, made with Plymouth Navy Strength gin, Wray and Nephew Overproof, Coruba, lemon, passion fruit, orange, orgeat and Blue Curacao served in the iconic gaping-mouthed shark head. Let me tell you, this is not a drink for rookies. But it somehow got easier to drink every sip I took, and the strong flavors held up to the equally strong flavors of our appetizer: the K-Town Nachos. A mountain of chips was topped with Korean barbecue pork, queso, kimchi pineapple, onion, jalapeño and sour cream. We absolutely devoured them. They’re gooey, crunchy, a little sweet, a little salty—they’re everything you want in a shareable app.