Park City Toasts Recent Libation Laws with New Distillery: Free Drink Recipe!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 28, 2009 10:03 am

Finally, Utah is gettin’ down! Long smirked at for its quirky drinking regulations, Utah Legislators recently made progressive changes to the state’s liquor laws. Thankfully, you no longer have to buy a ‘membership’ to enter a bar and enjoy a cold brew, and single shots have increased from 1 ounce to 1.5 ounces. We prefer to see the glass half full, meaning, that 50% is a whopping big deal!

The membership eliminations officially commence on July 1, 2009, and as summer is a rambling party in Park City, that day will surely be marked with mega festivities around town. (Forget that holiday which comes three days later.)

Among the parties, Utah will open its first distillery since the Prohibition. A prime spot for horsing around, the High West Distillery will be located in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable near the base of Town Lift on Park Avenue. Saloon offerings will include craft vodkas, whiskeys and a small-plate menu.

The mountain resort town recently hosted a ‘Libation Nation’ cocktail contest, and Bonnie Ulmer’s St. Germain Elderflower concoction won the top honor. (See the recipe below.)

“With all of the new changes in our liquor laws, guests will no longer be able to use antiquated alcohol rules as a reason to shy away from a Park City vacation, meeting or convention,” said Bill Malone, CEO and President of the Park City Chamber/Visitors Bureau. “While it will be difficult to measure the economic effect that these changes will have, we know for sure that it’s one less obstacle for us to overcome in attracting visitors to Park City.” 


St. Germain Elderflower recipe

-3 oz Prosecco (Italian Sparkling Wine)

-1.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

-1.5 oz Sparkling water

-Spring of fresh mint

-Lemon zest

Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Prosecco, Elderflower liqueur and sparkling water. Stir well and garnish with fresh mint and lemon zest.

photo: Nik Frey