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A Great Cocktail Starts With The Right Ice

Making a contest-worthy cocktail takes more effort than just pouring a mixer over the right spirit. You've got to get the correct flavor, balance, presentation, even the appropriate kind of ice! Just the thought of all that work makes one mighty thirsty...


Events are scheduled for the 2016 Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival from Friday, August 26, to Monday, August 29, and take place at several venues in Kansas City. For more information, visit

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