Mixologist: Ted Kilgore

Over the course of Ted Kilgore’s 20-year career in the beverage industry, he has grown to become one of the most recognized mixologists in the Midwest. After learning from some of the best in the business, including renowned spirits historian David Wondrich and distilled spirits expert F. Paul Pacult, Kilgore led the bar programs at now-shuttered Monarch in Maplewood, Missouri, and Taste in St. Louis. In 2013, he opened his own bar and restaurant, Planter’s House, and continues to evolve the restaurant’s drink menu with trends like bottled cocktails and specials like its recent spring break menu that featured playful versions of Long Island Iced Tea and Jungle Juice. (Photo by J. Pollack Photography)

Planter's House, plantershousestl.com

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