6 Amazing Drinks to Try—Only in Kansas City | Melissa Barron

6 Amazing Drinks to Try—Only in Kansas City


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Next time you’re looking for a cool drink, try one of these 6 amazing drinks—found only in Kansas City.

Der Schmutzige—at Grünauer’s Wunderbar

Now this is a restaurant that takes cocktails seriously. The Wunderbar at Grünaueruses house-made syrups and infusions to create an eclectic list of cocktails—like the Der Schmutzige. This drink has black pepper/mustard vodka and pickle, beet, and kraut juice for just the right amount of sour. Enjoy it with wiener schnitzel or brezen, two of the authentic German and Austrian dishes served daily at this historic Freight House district restaurant.

Cocktails—at Donut Lounge Artisan Doughnuts & Cocktails

Yes, you read that right—cocktails and doughnuts, in the same place. Here, you can order Chicken Fried, Maple Bacon, or Glazed & Gravy doughnuts along with a Rhubarb Enlightenment Cocktail, which comes with bourbon, rhubarb, basil, and lemon. Or try the Eagle Street, with sherry, fernet, and cucumber. Need caffeine?  Order the nitro brew coffee on tap, direct from Alchemy Coffee & Bakehouse in Lawrence.

Frozen and hot cocktails—at Snow & Co.

With a wide variety of both frozen and hot cocktails for you to try, you’ll quickly learn why Paste Magazine called Snow & Co. the “#1 Frozen Cocktail Bar in America.” Start with the frozen Miss Scarlett (Bulleit bourbon, peach liqueur, milk, fresh-squeezed lemon), or the hot Flying Snow Squirrel (macamia nut liqueur, double chocolate vodka, Ghirardelli white cocoa).

Classic malt or milkshake—Georgetown Pharmacy’s Old Time Soda Fountain & Espresso Shop

Located in Merriam, you’ll enjoy ordering from the old-fashioned soda fountain at the back of this store. Belly up to the counter for a malt or milkshake in marshmallow, pineapple, or caramel flavors—or try the more classic chocolate and strawberry.

Paradise Punch Wine Slushies—Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery

Head out to west Olathe to visit this family-owned-and-operated winery—featuring 15 internationally award-winning wines. The Paradise Punch Wine Slushies are perfect for a warm evening—and incorporate the best of their fruit wines (like peach mango and blackberry), along with their sweet riesling.

Speakeasy-era cocktails—Manifesto

This is not your typical intimate, 48-seat cocktail bar. It’s actually an old-time speakeasy that creates unique drinks from the best spirits and freshest ingredients. Text your reservation for a table of 4, then step back in time to enjoy new twists on classic, speakeasy-era cocktails—like the Shatto Blanc (vodka, Shatto Root Beer Milk, angostura bitters) and the Zombie Apocalypse (absinthe, black seal rum, pineapple, lime).


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