Fourth Avenue watering hole serves Santorum

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Brooklynites can’t vote on Super Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a little Santorum.

A Fourth Avenue watering hole is pouring a delightfully sinful drink named after Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum — and the dirty Google problem that has haunted him ever since he irked syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage.

“People really like it even though it’s named after something gross — both the person and the Dan Savage meaning,” said John Rauschenberg, co-owner of Pacific Standard. “It’ll be an election fixture at least until primary season is over.”

The duo behind the beer hole near St. Mark’s Place often put out cocktails with suggestive names, such as the Corn Holed Fashioned or Mike Gallego’s Cup.

But the Santorum, a milky mixture of Baileys, orange vodka, bitters and chocolate flakes, seems to be sticking.

We won’t explain how the drink matches up with an alternate definition of the word “Santorum,” as The Brooklyn Paper is a family publication — but the bar’s liberal proprietors are certain it’ll satisfy any boozy desires.

“When he was winning in the polls, I thought, ‘OK, I’ll do a Santorum,’” said Jon Stan, co-owner and creator of the scandalous social lubricant. “We’ll keep it around until he’s irrelevant. I hope he’s there the whole way.”

The other usage of the candidate’s name began spreading in 2003, when Savage, a popular sex writer and gay rights activist, mounted a campaign to shame the then-Senator for his comments linking homosexuality with bestiality.

The website promoting this prurient term spiraled to the top of Google’s search results, and it so rankled the social conservative and sweater-vest connoisseur that he demanded Google remove it from the company’s search engine index.

The filthy moniker was positioned at No. 1 until last month, when the Internet behemoth tweaked its algorithm and inadvertently dropped the not-safe-for-work hatchet job down the page.

Santorum’s camp didn’t respond to requests for comment, as the Republican candidate was likely preparing for his battle against Mitt Romney in primaries in Ohio and nine other states today.

Still, Stan and Rauschenberg — who helped raise money for President Obama last election and even poured a now defunct Obama ale — hope news of the drink reaches Santorum’s inner circle.

“I hope this drink makes Santorum want to throw up,” said Rauschenberg, referring to the contender’s comment that the idea of separating the church and state makes him want to hurl. “Everything makes that guy want to throw up.”

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

Reach Kate Briquelet at or by calling her at (718) 260-2511.
Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
ATM, felching, etc. what a gross bar.
March 6, 2012, 10:34 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Cleveland Steamer
March 6, 2012, 10:35 am
Moses from Park Slope says:
Why can't you say what "Santorum" is?

The definition is: "The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex."

The last thing I want is a newspaper that tries to protect some vague notion of "sensibility." Who are you protecting? The 5-year-olds who don't read your paper? Come on, we're all adults here.
March 6, 2012, 10:59 am
Job from South Slope says:
I agree with Moses. What's the point of protecting the actual name?
March 6, 2012, 2:14 pm
o3 from wburg says:
perhaps a fufu umbrella condom would be appropiate...for entertainment only acourse. lutz
March 6, 2012, 3:40 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
Uh thanks, I'll pass on the Santorum.
March 6, 2012, 5:01 pm
yoyoma from sunsetP says:
This drink sounds gooood! almost too good to be named after "el-Frothy."
March 7, 2012, 8:02 am
Acero from Greenpoint says:
I think this is great! There is an pretty cool youtube video about santorum. I can't wait to try the drink. Obama!

What is a Santorum? Look on youtube
March 7, 2012, 1:27 pm
john from Long Island says:
such wonderful compassionate people liberals are...those men are gross as is there drink...Liberals are the biggest hypocrites
March 10, 2012, 4:34 pm
Greg from Carroll Gardens says:
Can't decide what sounds better -- Santorum the drink or the various cakes and pies that have been created in homage to him. Here's one called "President Santorum Frothy Chocolate Cream Pie."
March 14, 2012, 2:28 am

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