Calling All Sippers!

Mixologists who think they’ve got what it takes to craft the top cocktail of the season have signed up for a chance to be crowned Park City’s top bartender, take home $200, and other perks.

Registration opened last month for the annual Park City Area Restaurant Association summer cocktail contest. The actual contest starts July 1, 2016. Here are the entrants ready for the ultimate taste testing.

The entrants include:

Billy Blanco’s: The Firewater

Deer Valley Grocery-Café: Hard Green Tea

Flanagan’s On Main: Blood Orange and Smoked Serrano Margarita

Fletcher’s: Manhattan Beach

Ghidotti’s: Gin on a Tangent

Grappa: Fiorello (little flower)

Lespri Prime Steak Sushi: Some Golfer

Molly Blooms Gastropub: Mulligan Limonata

Powder at Waldorf Astoria Park City: Blackberry Jalapeno Margarita

Red Rock Junction: Farm & Feed

Red Tail Grill:  Greens Fee

Royal Street Café: Strawberry Scrub Collins

Silver Star Café: The LaBounty Bourbon Ice Bomb

Squatters: Handsome Zach’s Apricot 75

Sushi Blue: The Powder Hound

The Brass Tag: Hawkeye

Tupelo: Sweet Summer Heat

Wahso: S.S.

Wasatch Brew Pub: Basil Trance

Windy Ridge Café: Garden-2-Glass


Try Them All

Starting July 1, anyone who likes to drink cocktails in Park City will have the whole month to sample the offerings from the competing bars and then vote online for their favorite libations; rating each they taste on a 1-to-10 scale, judging both flavor and presentation. Online voting will run through July 31 on the PCARA website,

Last year, Brass Tag’s “Evangeline” took first place with an average score of 10 out of 10, earning top marks for its refreshing blend of Beehive Distillery Jackrabbit Gin, cassis vinegar, basil-infused Utah honey, rose lemonade and a garnish or lemon strings and a basil leaf.


More than 10,500 votes were cast in the contest.


“Online voting was a huge success last year and so much fun,” PCARA executive director Ginger Ries said. “We are very excited to see how this summer’s contest unfolds, and we can’t wait to crown the winner.”


In the online-voting format, everyone gets a chance to participate, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to help choose Park City’s summer cocktail champion – and of course one more reason to visit the participating bars and restaurants to sample all the entries.


“Any PCARA bar and restaurant can enter, and any patron can vote,” Ries said. “We think this approach works out really well for both our members and for all their guests — and we’re especially looking forward to tasting each of the entries.”


The winning cocktail and its creator will be featured in a marketing campaign following the contest leading into PCARA’s popular Fall “Dine About” event. He or she will also walk away with a cash prize and some serious bragging rights.


To learn more visit the PCARA website.


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