KING OF THE COCKTAILS

Deer Valley Grocery Café Crafts Winning Concoction at Annual Contest

Park City Cocktail Contest winner, Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe's "Flower & Pine"
Park City Cocktail Contest winner, Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe's "Flower & Pine"
  • Park City Cocktail Contest winner, Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe's "Flower & Pine"
    Park City Cocktail Contest winner, Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe's "Flower & Pine"
    Park City Cocktail Contest winner, Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe's "Flower & Pine"
    Park City Cocktail Contest winner, Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe's "Flower & Pine"

PARK CITY, UTAH (April 5, 2012) – 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 Cocktail Contest at Stein Eriksen Lodge on October 12, 2012.  Details to follow.

 

For more information on the Park City Cocktail Contest, Park City’s Signature Cocktail and the PCARA, visit www.parkcityrestaurants.com or contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, at christa@graffpr.com or 435-640-7921.

 

About the Park City Area Restaurant Association

The Park City Area Restaurant Association is the umbrella organization for nearly 50 restaurants in Park City, Utah. The organization supports and promotes the large variety of award-winning restaurants in the Park City area. Every year, thousands of residents and visitors are exposed to Park City’s eclectic dining options through three major events that the Park City Area Restaurant Association hosts. The events include the spring and fall Cocktail Contests and Savor the Summit. For a list of member restaurants, their locations, cuisines, pricing and features, please visit www.parkcityrestaurants.com. Visit the Park City Area Restaurant Association’s Twitter and Facebook sites for current restaurant information and dining specials.

 

About the People’s Health Clinic

The People’s Health Clinic is a community-funded, non-profit health clinic that provides high-quality primary care to uninsured individuals and families in Summit and Wasatch counties. The clinic’s services include pediatric, chronic disease, prenatal and general adult medical services. For more information, visit www.peopleshealthclinic.org.