These days, there’s nothing more satisfying than a stiff drink, and the annual Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) Summer Cocktail Contest couldn’t come at a better time. Through the month of August, locals and visitors are invited to sample cocktails from as many participating PCARA restaurants as possible and vote online for their favorite seasonal libations. 

Sixteen bars and restaurants are vying for this year’s title. One vote may be cast per email address, per day, online on the PCARA website, You must be 21 years of age to participate.

“Adversity fuels creativity, so we anticipate this year’s cocktail lineup to be the most innovative we’ve ever seen,” PCARA executive director Ginger Wicks said. “Participants are excited for some friendly competition, and we look forward to reaping the fruits of their ingenuity and casting our votes.”

The bartender or mixologist with the winning cocktail will earn a $500 cash prize, city-wide bragging rights, and will be featured in a marketing campaign leading into PCARA’s popular fall “Dine About” event following the contest. New this year, the winner will also have the opportunity to create their own original Bartender’s Box, a Top Shelf cocktail experience delivered right to your door. Equipped with fresh ingredients and helpful how-to videos, boxes include everything you need to prepare high-end, quality cocktails at home.

This summer’s entrants include: 

This summer’s entrants include: 

710 Bodega: Lavender Squeeze

Alpine Pie Bar: Thyme to Summit

Billy Blanco’s: Mojo’s Peach Sangria

Blind Dog: Blind Dog 22

Butcher’s Chop House: Banh Mi Smash

The Eating Establishment: Smokey Paloma

Flanagan’s on Main: Guinness Split

Grappa Italian Restaurant: Lavender Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

Hearth and Hill: Dragonfly Rita

High West: Devil’s Addiction

OP Rockwell: Park & Stormy

Royal Street Café: Tidal Wave Margarita

Silver Star Café: The Silver Star Spritz

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.