By Ian Nyquist
There is no more perfect pairing with music than booze. (Ladies and blow come in a close second.) Given Kansas City's musical history, it's no wonder there are many drinks in local watering holes named after jazz standards. But you can also order drinks in honor of heavy-metal bands, ska songs or even a blues musician's breakfast of champions. Here we list ten music-themed drinks in the city.
Jazz on 39th Street's Jazzy Ray Vaughan. The New Orleans-style restaurant presents its take on what blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan drank for breakfast every day (2 oz. Jack Daniels, 2 oz. Southern Comfort, 1 dash Triple Sec, fill with orange juice; shake all ingredients, chill and pour in a highball glass).
The Riot Room's Black Sabbath. Named after the heavy-metal band fronted by Ozzy Osbourne, this hopped up and dark brew (1 part Van Gogh Double Espresso vodka, 1 part Irish cream liqueur, 1/2 part of Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate vodka and 1/2 part hazelnut liquor) will make you feel like a coven of witches is gyrating in your stomach.
The Drop's Sweet Georgia Brown. This offering is what I would drink for breakfast every day if I were a blind soul singer from the South (sweet tea and peach vodka). Hey, don't judge -- it's good for the voice.
Tomfooleries' 007. Want to feel as cool as James Bond in Jamaica? Try this drink named after the ska standard by Desmond Dekker (Bacardi O, orange juice and a splash of Sprite).
RecordBar's Dirty Cash. Bartender Clarence Draper at RecordBar makes the "Dirty Cash," named after the hip-hop DJ and producer also known as Trystyl (1-1/2 oz. American Honey whiskey, press of soda and seven and a splash of lime juice).
Suteras' Olive My Love. Named after Led Zeppelin's "All of My Love" (Stoli vodka, olives and lots of olive juice). Bartender Kami Fisher can serve it to you up or on the rocks - much like love itself.
Raoul's Velvet Room's Dean Martini. With Bombay Sapphire gin, olive juice and olives, this drink is dirty and classic, much like the crooner himself.
The Brick's Deborah Harry. Tall? Check. Cool? Check. Blond (or as blond as a drink can be)? Check. We'll forgive any Blondie moments you have pounding back this drink made with Absolut Citron, mint vodka, lemoncello, Triple Sec, splash of 7-Up and lemon sugar rim with a twist.
Jardine's Blue Moon. Named after the old-time standard (or because you don't want to drink these every day), a "Blue Moon" (Malibu Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and cream) can be tried at Jardine's on Broadway.
The Drop's the Purple Rain. Purple and kind of fruity -- like Prince (Smirnoff Grape Vodka, cranberry juice, Triple Sec, a splash of soda and a frozen grape).