Park City Cocktail Contest, round two
The time has come to, once again, name the Park City cocktail.
Last year’s event, the first of its kind, took place at The Spur and the Jupiter Cosmopolitan, created by Larry Masterson of 350 Main, took the prize.
This year Masterson will try to defend his crown at The Sidecar — A Private Club For Members — from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
"I know the pressure is on," he said. "I’ve thought long and hard about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. I’ve gone through a lot of trials and experimentation to try to find what I’m looking for. Even at this hour, I haven’t finalized my recipe because I keep tweaking it because it has to be right. I know people are gunning for me."
Masterson said he has an upper hand at the competition because he uses the same infused-flavor vodka that 350 Main serves.
"We do our own infused flavor vodka here at 350 Main, and others might be using a pre-flavored vodka," he said. "The house-infused orange vodka is what I used for the Jupiter Cosmopolitan, which sets it apart."
Not only does the winner get $100 and a trophy or plaque, but the establishment they represent also gets a trophy, not to mention a lot of free publicity.
Masterson said that even before last year’s contest was over he was already getting requests and orders for the Jupiter.
"Last year when the competition was going on, they were tallying up the score to get it down to three finalists and I ran back to the store to continue working and I already had people asking for them," he said. "We were serving Jupiter Cosmopolitans before I had even won."
Masterson, who said he feels good about his chances, gave this word of advice to those wanting to come to the event: "Please take a cab, especially if you’re one of the judges."
There is a $5 cover charge to get into the contest, and The Sidecar will donate all proceeds to People’s Health Clinic. That donation will be matched by the Park City Restaurant Association.
"They contacted the restaurant association and we wanted to make the contest go toward a worthy cause," said Eileen Dunn, chair of the Restaurant Association. "The People’s Health Clinic is so helpful to our community is a great cause and they’re one of our pet non-profits that we support."
At the event, 15 local bartenders will compete for the honor of being named as the creator of the best Park City cocktail that will be used for the 2007-08 season. There are 12 local judges who will decide the contest.
"We’re the Independent Republic of Park City, and we’re calling this the Libation Nation Celebration and we believe in life, liberty and libation for all, as long as you’re over 21," she said.
Dunn said the event was started last year when Mary McPheters from the Park City Chamber/Bureau called the Restaurant Association and asked them to come up with a Park City cocktail the Chamber/Bureau could put in its marketing collateral.
"We didn’t want to just invent one, so that’s why we did the first one," Dunn said. "The last one was so successful we are now doing it every year."
Other sponsors for the event include Taxis Against Drunk Driving and Park City Television, who is providing all the audio and visual equipment.
To make your own Jupiter Cosmopolitan, mix up the following: 1 oz. orange vodka ½ oz. Chambord ½ oz. pomegranate juice ½ oz. orange juice ½ oz. straight vodka
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