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Toast to spring with Kauffman Center’s new craft cocktails

You may think of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as a renowned cultural arts center with top-notch performances and musical acts, but it’s also a great spot to grab a bite to eat or sip on a craft cocktail.

The Dining Experience, located in the Founder’s Lounge, offers small plates as well as a seasonal selection of libations from restaurant manager and cocktail expert Phil Carey. Just in time for spring, the restaurant has released 16 new drink options for diners and guests of the arts center’s performances.

Here’s a breakdown of the new offerings, from a coffee-infused option to an Apple Pie Mimosa:

Plains Press

A 16-ounce coffee press filled with  libation and fruit.

I’m Your Clementine

Clementine Svedka Vodka, organic lemonade, seasonal berries and fruit.

Huck Finn

360 Huckleberry Vodka, organic limeade, seasonal berries and fruit.

Batista Press

Ron Zacapa Rum, lime, mint, organic limeade and seasonal fruit.

Piggly Wiggly Manhattan

Bacon-washed Pendleton Rye, sweet house-made bacon syrup, sweet vermouth and a splash of bitters.

Cherry Blossom

Restless Spirits Builder’s Botanical Gin, distilled in NKC, Maraschino Cherry liqueur, organic lemonade and butterfly pea flower extract.

Frizzy Chata

Dizzy Three Roasterie Coffee Vodka, Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka, RumChata and sweetened milk, nitrated and served slightly frozen.

17th Street Paloma

Herradura Anejo Tequila, house-made grapefruitcello and fresh-squeezed grapefruit with a touch of spice.

Apple Pie Mimosa

Absolute Apple Vodka and Stella Cidre topped with Brut and served in a caramel-rimmed flute.

Dante’s Inferno

Campari, San Pellegrino Blood Orange, and grapefruit bitters with roasted habanero syrup. 

Murphy’s Mule

Made with Till American Wheat Vodka from Atchison, Kan., and house-made ginger beer.

Billie Q’s Sazerac

Tom’s Town Pendergast’s Royal Gold Bourbon.

Flossie Pagliacci

House-made rosemary-infused limoncello, St. Germaine’s Elderflower Liqueur and Nonino lo Chardonnay di Grappa, shaken.

Smoked Free-State Manhattan

Smoke-infused Corsair Ryemageddon Whiskey, chocolate bitters, a splash of Fernet and a Grand Marnier cherry.

Burning Hemingway Star

Appleton Estate Rum, Corsair Quinoa Whiskey, Cointreau, fresh squeezed lemon and sweet ginger.

Dirty Bottoms Martini

A dirty martini made with J. Rieger Midwestern Premium Vodka distilled off Guinotte Avenue, and garnished with bleu cheese stuffed olives wrapped with bacon.