Since Kansas City’s Repertory Theatre’s annual Gala is just around the corner, we thought we would highlight the specialty cocktails we created for them in lieu of the cocktail of the week. Don’t worry, the cocktail of the week will be back in just a few short weeks!
This cocktail, Bigelow’s Heaven, was tricky for us at first. We wanted it to be playful, delicious and relate directly to the fantastic Carousel which is currently running at the Rep and a huge inspiration for this year’s Fearless Fete. Automatically, when thinking of Carousel and a carnival-like environment one thinks of treats you can get there. First one that came to mind for us was cotton candy. And thus, a cocktail was born. First, it’s important to note that we’re not the sort to appreciate gimmicky cocktails that feed off trends that are nearly a decade old; we pride ourselves on really appreciating the classics and leaving trends to others. But when something like this is not only delicious in a cocktail AND just makes sense, then not even the most fervent classic cocktail nerds can turn their noses up to cotton candy. With that being said, we didn’t leave the classics totally behind for this one. It is a mint julep fit for a carousel barker, thus the name, Bigelow’s Heaven for Mr. Billy Bigelow of Carousel. We think he would appreciate the cocktail’s simplicity with a twist. Bourbon, mint syrup and mint-scented cotton candy that melts into the cocktail as you drink it adding to the slightly sweet, minty, bourbon-deliciousness.
The cotton candy has to be made right on site so if you are at the gala and see a young lady making cotton candy all night then come by and say hi or give me a high-five. It’s not as easy as it looks. Lots more wrist action than what I was expecting, but I’ve gotten exceptionally good over the past few days. And you better believe every time I made cotton candy, I was putting it on top of this cocktail. Delicious!
If you have yet to get your tickets to this year’s gala then you can still get them here! Cheers! Hope to see you all there supporting one of KC’s gems.