Wednesday, January 14, 2015

imbibe: [kc]

So it's been fun over here on Blogger, but with the new year comes new designs and upgrades!

From now on, imbibe: [kc] can be found at:

The rest of the social media handles are the same, and past blog posts are available on the new platform, and will continue to be available here.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tom & Harry

Drink: Tom & Harry
Type: Alcoholic
From: Manifesto
Price: $
Description: Warming

This Kansas City version of the classic Tom & Jerry cocktail (similar to a hot egg nog) is named for Tom Pendergast and Harry Truman. Hot and milky, the drink is a perfect winter cocktail. The addition of Absinthe whipped cream is truly remarkable.

The drink: warm, spicy, smooth, creamy.

There's a nice bite from the alcohol that you wouldn't find in an egg nog or hot chocolate with a wonderful nutmeg flavor. The Absinthe whipped cream makes its way through the drink as you sip on it and adds lovely anise flavor. Come by Manifesto (located in the basement of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange) sometime and check out this lovely winter cocktail.

Bell Ringer

Drink: Bell Ringer
Type: Alcoholic
From: Chaz on The Plaza
Price: $12
Description: Apple-y

Located in the lower level of The Raphael Hotel on the south side of The Plaza, Chaz on The Plaza is an intimate (and delicious) restaurant that offers live jazz and an extensive wine list. I really enjoyed the use of a tablet to browse the cocktail and wine menus.

Made with Absolute Orient Apple, Calvados, Bitters, and Champagne, this cocktail is both refreshing and light with a wonderful caramel apple flavor.

The drink: bubbly, light, spicy, not overly-sweet.

I can't recommend the Southern inspired cooking and atmosphere at Chaz enough for a truly flavorful time.

Stoli Doli

Drink: Stoli Doli
Type: Alcoholic
From: The Capital Grille
Price: $13
Description: Airy

This signature cocktail on The Plaza is made by infusing Dole Pineapple into Stoli vodka. The result is a light and sweet drink that's shaken, presumably with simple syrup, to create a cool and flavorful combination.

The drink: sweet, smooth, lightly tart.

The house special cocktail pairs well with the food options at The Capital Grille, and makes a nice pre-dinner drink.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Best of 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I thought I'd join the reflective bandwagon and look back at the cocktails, coffee, tea (as well as soda, wine, chocolate, beer, ice cream, etc) that I've enjoyed over the past year (really since April when I started this little blog) and share with you my top ten favorite beverages. Cheers!

P.S. You can find all the beverages on the spirits, beans, and leaves pages of the blog.


Cali Cola, One More Cup


Harry's Reviver, Harry's Bar & Tables


Autumnal Seasonal Italian Soda
Second Best Coffee


Cream Royal
The Blue Teapot


Lavender-Honey Latte
Second Best Coffee


The Rieger Hotel 


Brown Sugar & Rosemary Latte


 Charlie Sour
The Westport Cafe


Red Velvet Rooibos Tea
Anna Marie's Teas


The Old Square, Bluestem

Happy New Year, Kansas City! Here's to more great beverages and local love!