Shake, Rattle and Pour: Park City's Cocktail Contest Returns April 4

The twice-yearly event has raised more than $6,000 for a local health clinic

PARK CITY, UTAH (March 8, 2012) – Beer takes the night off Wednesday, April 4, when the Park City Area Restaurant Association hosts its semiannual “Park City Cocktail Contest,” a fundraiser for the People’s Health Clinic. Sixteen of the area’s best mixologists will square-off at Cisero’s Ristorante and Good Times Bar on Main Street, competing to concoct a drink that will be crowned Park City’s “Signature Cocktail” for spring and summer 2012.


“We’re looking for a cocktail that’s both delicious and reflects the spirit of summer in Park City,” PCARA executive director Ginger Ries said. “Whether you’re a professional bartender or an amateur enthusiast, we invite you to enter the competition.”


Submissions are being accepted through Monday, March 27th. Contest entry is limited to PCARA member organizations only.  If you are not a member and want to join, membership applications can be found on the PCARA website


A panel of judges will select the winner, evaluating each drink based on presentation, taste and appearance. The judges include Kristen Case (Editor, Park City magazine), Mary Malouf (food editor, Salt Lake Magazine) and Ted Scheffler (food editor, City Weekly).


The winning mixologist will receive a $100 cash prize, a trophy and serious bragging rights. The drink will also be made available for purchase after the event, and it will appear on drink menus throughout Park City during the spring and summer. Cody Childers, of Easy Street Brasserie and Sky Blue, won the PCARA’s most recent cocktail contest – its fall and winter cocktail competition – on Oct. 26 with his drink, “The Pommard,” a sunset-red libation that combines Calvados, lemon juice, apple cider, and cinnamon-cardamon syrup.


The spring contest kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and is open to anyone aged 21 and older. Admission costs $10, which includes snacks and the chance to vote for the “People’s Choice” cocktail. All proceeds will go toward the People’s Health Clinic, a non-profit health clinic for uninsured individuals and families in Utah’s Summit and Wasatch counties. To date, PCARA cocktail contests have raised more than $7,000 for the clinic.


“It’s a fun way to support an important community group, as well as our local businesses,” Ries said. “On April 4th head to Cisero’s for a taste of the summer to come.”


For more information on the Park City Cocktail Contest, visit or contact Christa Graff, of Graff Public Relations, at 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 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