We’ve offered soup as a way to keep warm, but the best remedy for winter is, in fact, bourbon. It’s a standard in winter cocktails because it provides a slow building heat for your drinks and, on occasion, dishes. Still, we recognize that bourbon can be an acquired taste, so we’ve sought some non-standard bourbon uses to help ease you into a relationship with this potent spirit. Here are five ways to fall in love with bourbon in Kansas City.
5. Bourbon pecan pie at the District Pour House & Kitchen (7122 Wornall Road) — The Waldo bar and eatery has a brown sugar and pecan-infused bourbon, and as The Kansas City Star noted last month, the pecans for that bourbon become the base for a rocking slice of pecan pie.
4. Barrel aged Manhattan at The Majestic (931 Broadway) — Their signature cocktail (we had to give you one) is definitely the advanced course in bourbon. They barrel age the cocktail — made with bourbon, rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters — in a charred oak barrel (affectionately nicknamed ‘Boss Tom.’). It’s punchy, but a fine representative of the species.
3. Bourbon-braised short ribs at Barrel 31 (400 E 31st Street) — Tender short ribs that are made tender by the time they spend braising in bourbon. This Kansas City Restaurant Week dish arrives sitting on a bed of mushroom risotto, kale and red wine jus. You’ll be warm after just one bite. As The Pitch reported last week, Barrel 31 has a new executive chef in Eric Carter, who was previously at the Providence New American Kitchen in the President Hotel.
2. Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie at The Bite (23 E 3rd Street) — You don’t have to sell us on the merits of booze in a cookie (we get it), but these dense sweets in the City Market spot get depth from the bourbon that supercharges the chocolate.
1. Bourbon fudge at Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott (320 Ward Parkway) — These rich chocolate fudge discs are as big as a saucer and you’ll eat more in one sitting than you’d admit to anyone else. The bourbon sneaks up underneath the chocolate and, together with the vanilla-infused raw sugar dusting on top, gives the suggestion that you’re enjoying an edible cocktail.