Revisiting Shuga's consistency 

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
Shuga’s is a place we always refer out-of-towners to for its cool, cozy, artsy charm and consistent staples, like the lavender blossom martini and Brazilian coconut shrimp soup. No complaints on either (which we inevitably order), or a newly added Tamarind Stingray ($10) cocktail, which infuses Exotico tequila with tart tamarind puree and cinnamon-soaked agave syrup, finishing sweetly balanced with a fun and fiery chili-salt rim.

But, unusual for Shuga’s, we’re bummed by two other items. The first, the aptly named Pineapple Trainwreck ($10), tastes solely of pineapple juice, missing meaningful hits of listed citrus, bitters, aged rum and ginger. Add a cup of the Brazilian soup ($3 more) to an order of the new and underwhelming grilled cheese sandwich ($8.50); you’ll need it as a dip. Mine arrives with unmelted cheddar-Swiss-Gouda slices, with tomato wheels on barely toasted commercial rosemary bread, which at least offers a herbaceous note.
Location Details Shuga's
702 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
Bar/Club, Coffee/Tea and Café/Sandwich

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