Drinking in Park City, Utah has never been easier

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In 2008, the Utah Legislature increased the amount of a single shot in Utah from 1 ounce to 1.5 ounces

Park City, Utah raises a glass as Utah Liquor Laws change for the better

Starting July 1, 2009, drinking and alcohol consumption will get easier in Utah with the removal of “membership” or entrance fees for drinking establishments.  

Drinking in UtahWhile Park City has long been home to brew pubs, watering holes and master mixologists, 2009 signifies an evolutionary change for locals and visitors alike, and there’s never been a better reason to celebrate.

“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.

Celebrate the libations in Park City Utah

To commemorate these revolutionary liquor changes, Park City will kick off the summer with two new ways to imbibe in Utah.  

Utah’s first distillery since Prohibition: In July 2009, Park City will open its doors – the first distillery since Prohibition.  The High West Distillery will be located in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable near the base of Town Lift on Park Avenue. distillery is a ski-in/ski-out restaurant and saloon that will feature craft vodkas, whiskeys and a small-plate menu. With liquor already in production, High West Distillery has garnered numerous prestigious awards, including the Double Gold for its Rendezvous Rye Whiskey at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

St. Germain Elderflower4th Annual Libation Nation cocktail contest: Park City’s 4th annual Libation Nation cocktail contest was held earlier this spring, giving local bartenders the chance to mix up a Signature Cocktail for 2009. Each year, the winning Signature Cocktail becomes Park City’s “official” drink of the year, and Deer Valley Resort bartender Bonnie Ulmer received the winning accolade among a panel of judges. Ulmer’s drink, the St. Germain Elderflower cocktail, is a light and refreshing concoction that features artisanal French liqueur and will be served at participating restaurants and bars throughout Park City.  You can even give Park City’s official 2009 cocktail a try at home:

Park City’s 2009 Cocktail: St. Germain Elderflower

  • 3 oz Prosecco (Italian Sparkling Wine)
  • 1.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • 1.5 oz Sparkling water
  • Spring of fresh mint
  • Lemon zest
  • Directions: Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Prosecco, Elderflower liqueur and sparkling water. Stir well and garnish with fresh mint and lemon zest.

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