Our glass overfloweth.
The cocktail scene in SLC is growing by jiggers and ponies–new distilleries (look forward to our September October issue for a profile of these), new bars (Rye, next to Urban Lounge, just opened) and even a Utah chapter of the Bartenders Guild of America. (The org recently held a private tiki cocktail contest sponsored by TK rum.)
And snce again, local restaurants and bars are signing up and starting to concoct their entries for Salt Lake magazine's Third Annual Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest. During the month of September, bars and restaurants will offer a special cocktail. Your job will be to taste as many as possible and vote on your favorite.
The latest to sign up is the GIbson Bar at The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City’s only AAA Five Diamond hotel. Paying homage to the golden age of the hotel bar, the new bar menu at the Gibson Lounge is inspired by the classic libations and hotel bars of the 1920s. The menu opens this month, and will also be available in the hotel’s Garden Café restaurant and lobby lounge.
This is the degree of seriousness the current cocktail renaissance requires:
In preparation for the launch, the hotel’s bartenders attended classes to learn the history of cocktails and the techniques necessary to mix classic drinks, including how to prepare fresh ingredients. Many cocktail ingredients are made on site—from fresh squeezed juices to Gibson-style onions pickled in-house—or sourced from local producers where possible, such as the honey used from a nearby organic farm.
The bartenders have access to every tool and type of high-quality crystal glassware imaginable—which enables us to create a real five-star cocktail.
Plus, there's a new poolside cocktail menu for summer, consisting of umbrella drinks like watermelon margarita, banana daiquiri and house-made sangria.
Grand America will hold a classic cocktail class in the Gibson Lounge on June 25 during which Amy Eldredge, who advised on the new menu, will teach attendees the techniques used to prepare drinks. Tickets are $50 per person and limited to 10 individuals. For more information, go to grandamerica.com/.