Jeff Ferguson of Shabu won the night with a refreshing, herbal cooler called "No Thyme Like the Present." Here's how to make it:

1 1/2 oz. Hendricks gin

5 oz. white grape juice

1/2 oz. cucumber syrup

1/2 oz. lime juice

sprig of thyme

But the color of the evening was pink.

Fashionistas know that the year's "it" color is a hue dubbed "honeysuckle" by the color czars at Pantone.

Who knew that bartenders paid attention to Pantone? Somehow the color has is part of the zeitgeist.

How else to account for the prevalence of pink cocktails at last night's Park City Cocktail Contest? Really, every other drink was pink, colored with pomegranate syrup or pomegranate liqueur.  One—the Vida tequila-based Silver Snake from the Matthew Kallio at Silver—made it all the way to the last shake-off, helped by a great presentation involving a strip of lime zest spiralling out of a single extra-large ice cube. Here's the recipe:

1.5 oz. Vida Blanco

1 oz. Pama liqueur

1 oz. simple syrup

1 Tbsp. orange marmalade

You can find silcon ice trays that make extra-large cubes at gourmet stores.

It was a long evening and a lot of sipping, but the cocktails were across-the-board better than those mixed up in last year's competition.

The cleverest drink—not an award officially given—was made by two-time contest champ Bonnie Ulmer from Deer Valley: Called the "Elder Herradura," the tequila-based cocktail was garnished with two lime jello shots.