By  April 20th, 2018

Planter’s House proprietor and master of mixology Ted Kilgore loves the circus almost as much as he loves cocktails. It’s a love match that inspired him to created the Planter’s House new spring/summer cocktail menu in honor of the Circus Flora.

“I love the circus. And I’m a big fan of Circus Flora,” said Kilgore who has been creating specialty cocktails for 20 years. “Since we’ve been doing different themes for our hand-crafted cocktail menu, we thought a circus theme would be fun. And Circus Flora loved the idea.”

Kilgore created 18 cocktails inspired directly from Circus Flora’s current production of The Case of the Missing Bellhop, whose namesake cocktail blends Flor de Cana Gold Rum, Dragnonwell Tea Infused Salers, Medium Dry Sherry, Velvet Falernum and Tiki Bitters. Counted among the Planter’s House new seasonal libations are the Easy Trapezy, Elephant in the Room, and the Cousin Grumpy (Scofflaw Gin, Bols Aged Genver, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Aperol, Olive Bitters, Rosemary Tincture with a cured meat garish)—nod to this year’s newest Circus Flora act, Cuzin Grumpy and the Pork Chop Review.

“The Circus Story combines buttered-infused corn whiskey, dark simple syrup with a popcorn garnish. It is the signature cocktail we created as a fundraiser for Circus Flora,” said Kilgore. “We will donate a dollar for every Circus Story Cocktail sold for the duration of the spring/summer cocktail menu, which ends the first week of October.”

The Circus Story Cocktail is a delightful way to toast Circus Flora’s 32nd season (through May 13) and new permanent home at 3401 Washington Blvd. in Grand Center. To raise a glass, head to Planter’s House, located at 1000 Mississippi Ave, Tuesdays though Sundays, when the first pours begin at 4 p.m.

For The Case of the Missing Bellhop show times and more information, visit

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