2012 Spring Park City Cocktail

June 5, 2012 | Ginger Ries

September Bickmore of Deer Valley Grocery~Café, produced the winning cocktail Wednesday night, when a panel selected this original cocktail, “Flower & Pine” as Park City’s “Signature Cocktail” for spring and summer 2012. Flower & Pine beat submissions from 11 other local bartenders and mixologists, who together took part in the Park City Restaurant Association’s spring cocktail contest, which was held at Cisero’s Ristorante and Good Times Bar on Main Street.

“It was an exciting competition,” said Ginger Ries, executive director of the PCARA. “We had a close competition tonight with a huge crowd.  Ciseros’s was the perfect location for our contest and brought in many just off the slopes for an après ski libation.”

Deer Valley Grocery Café took home a $100 cash prize and a trophy, plus a measure of local renown: Flower & Pine will appear on drink menus at Park City restaurants and bars through the rest of spring and summer.

The judges, who included Mary Malouf (food editor, Salt Lake Magazine), Ted Scheffler (food editor, City Weekly), Kristen Case (food editor, Park City magazine), Casey Metzger, (Owner of Top Shelf) and Chris Wadell (Paralympian), evaluated each drink based on its presentation, taste and appearance. The entries varied widely, from the Phat Beetz presented by The Farm and offering beet puree (incidently this was also the runner up in the competition), to Elderflower White Lady presented by Stein Eriksen Lodge including Tanqueray Gin, St. Germaine, pasteurized egg white, lemon wedge and topped with Pop Rocks.

Flower & Pine, which blends Beefeater Gin, St. Germaine Liqueur, Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur and Peychaud’s Bitters, won with a score of 474. It received high marks for taste and presentation.

“Once again, the competition was extremely close,” PCARA executive director Ginger Ries said. “It just goes to show that Park City is home to some of the best cocktails, best bartenders, and best bars in the world.”

Ticket sales for the event raised more than $700, which went toward the People’s Health Clinic, a full-service health center for uninsured individuals and families in Utah’s Summit and Wasatch counties. Together, PCARA’s cocktail contests have raised more than $6,500 for the clinic.

For those who wish to try the Flower & Pine cocktail at home, here’s the recipe:

“Flower & Pine”

Presented by September Bickmore and Bonnie Ulmer, representing Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe

1 ½ oz. Beefeaer Gin

½ oz. St. Germaine Liqueur

½ oz. Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur

2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

1 Lemon Wedge

Sugar for rim in Martini glass

The Park City Area Restaurant Association will host the Fall 2012 Cocktail Contest at Stein Eriksen Lodge on October 12, 2012.  Details to follow.