This weekend, bartenders and distillers from all over the Midwest are descending on Kansas City for Paris of the Plains, a cocktail festival packed with seminars, parties, competitions, tastings and more.
In honor of the now-tipsy city I call home, this week’s Friday Drink Special is The Pendergast, a new classic named in honor of Tom Pendergast, a political boss who controlled Kansas City in the 20s and 30s. Thanks to “Boss Tom” and his political machine, police often turned a blind eye to imbibing during Prohibition. Pendergast eventually went down for corruption, but this week we raise a glass to him.
The Pendergast was created by Ryan Maybee of The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and Manifesto, a speakeasy-style bar in the restaurant’s basement. It can be found on The Rieger’s bar menu year round.
1 ½ ounce bourbon
¾ ounce sweet vermouth
½ ounce Bénédictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: Lemon twist
Glassware: Double rocks glass
Method: Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice cubes until chilled. Strain into the glass, garnish, and enjoy.