Minnie Dalton's Balsamic Grape Smash March 06, 2015 09:02

When we met Minnie Dalton, we felt like we won the lottery. When she agreed to be our Resident Bartender, creating custom cocktails with Kansas City Canning Co. products- we realized we actually did. Approaching her craft with fresh ebullience, with a mindful and resolute attentiveness to traditional standards- her work reflects laser sharp technique fused with soft composition. From the bottle, to the shaker, to the glass- she's got a finesse you rarely see. In other words, she's it people.

She'll be with us weekly- curating a series that will change the way you look at cocktails. We're so lucky to have her join us, and we're all the luckier for the libations she'll introduce! She leads with a cocktail featuring our Balsamic Pickled Grapes paired with J. Rieger and Co. Kansas City Whiskey for a balance of flavor and interest that's just enough, without being too much. A smooth transition for the weekend and just what we needed on this Friday. Happy hour, indeed.  

Balsamic Grape Smash 

This cocktail is so simple to make, yet very complex in flavor. This drink has a slight brininess to it, but it’s still a very gentle drink that is sure to impress all your dinner guests!

The Kansas City Canning Co. Pickled Balsamic Grapes are like nothing I’ve ever tasted, and can be used in anything from salads to your martinis!
They have so many uses!

I used local J. Rieger Whiskey, which has a lovely spicy characteristic to it that pairs very well with the warm pickling spices used in the Balsamic Pickled Grapes, but of course you can absolutely use whatever whiskey you have on hand.


2 Wedges of Lemon
4 Kansas City Canning Co. Balsamic Pickled Grapes
.75 ounces Pickling Liquid from the Balsamic Pickled Grapes
.5 ounce 1:1 Simple Syrup
2 ounces J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey


Place the Lemon Wedges, Grapes, Pickling Liquid, and Syrup in a shaker and muddle well. Add Whiskey and shake for about 20 seconds. Fine-strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Cheers!

Minnie Dalton is an up-and-coming bartender in Kansas City committed to the art, craft and curation of cocktails. Born and raised in the Paris of the Plains, she has a great love for all things Kansas City, supporting and using local products when crafting new recipes. She is credentialed with active BarSmarts certification, liquor licensure, and is a proud member of the United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) Kansas City Chapter.