Showing posts from August, 2013

Cocktail Glasses, what's up with them?

I get asked this question more that almost any except, what is your favorite cocktail so I thought this would make a good post.

Some drinks call for special glasses, this page is dedicated to helping understand what glass goes with what type of drinks.

Lowball Glass - short tumbler used for serving an alcoholic beverage, such as whisky, with ice cubes (“on the rocks”). It is also normally used to serve certain cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned, from which it receives its name.

Highball Glass - tumbler which will contain 8 to 12 fluid ounces (240 to 350 ml). It is used to serve highball cocktails and other mixed drinks.

Cocktail Glass (Martini) -  stemmed glass which has a cone-shaped bowl placed upon a stem above a flat base. It is mainly used to serve cocktails. Its form derives from the fact that all cocktails are traditionally served chilled and contain an aromatic element. Thus, the stem allows the drinker to hold the glass without affecting the tempe…

The Classic Cup

It is not often (thankfully) that I write a blog like this and I have both Tweeted and Blogged about The Classic Cup before. However, this time it is not a favorable review.

The Classic Cup is located on what some call Kansas Cities Crown Jewel, The Country Club Plaza and Central Patti and I have been visiting this establishment for many years. Normally you find a very well stocked bar and friendly service along with an excellent menu.

This was not the case on our last visit a week back. We choose The Classic Cup for it's great patio seating and the weather was very uncharacteristically cool for an August Sunday in Kansas City. From the time we walked in you could sense something was not quite right. The bar itself looked disheveled  as we walked past while the hostess showed us to our seats on the sidewalk patio.

It took several minutes for a waitress to come to the table and as she took our drink orders you could see a distant look on her face as if she would rather be anywhere b…

Horseshoe Bend Brewing Company

Last week I was lucky enough to be at the Lake of the Ozarks and previously heard rumors of a new brew company not more than three miles or so from our condo. So with nothing else on the agenda decided to give the Horseshoe Bend Brewing Company a visit.

I was accompanied by one of the Kansas City Tobacpack's usual suspects, J.W. (yes the infamous J-Dub, from the cigar reviews)

The new brewery is located in the old fire station on Bittersweet road just a block from Carls. Their motto, "Have a Brew on the Bend" is perfect for this establishment and judging by the three beers we sampled I  believe this to be a perfect location and business for this area.

For five dollars U.S.  you can get a sampler of three six ounce pours and this day we sampled Howling Hef (Hefeweizen) the Harbor Hopped (IPA) and Bagnell Brown (Brown Ale). All three had an excellent taste and enough characteristics to show the master brewer's expertise.

The overall atmosphere is great and along with …