Make Me … a Kansas City Ice Water
I had to move to State College, Pennsylvania, to taste the Kansas City Ice Water. The concoction mingles vodka and gin with a splash or two of Sprite and enough lime juice to make it cloudy. (This murkiness is the source of the cocktail’s name; East Coasters apparently believe that KC’s water comes straight from a dirty river.) Shaken and poured just right, it quenches your thirst on a summer night – but is stiff enough to erase the memory of the hot evening when you accidentally drink seven of them.
But does anyone in Kansas City actually make this namesake beverage? I stopped by three savvy bars, ordered a Kansas City Ice Water without further explanation, and waited to see what the bartender made.