…the Pommard, a low-octane sipper made with Calvados, fresh apple cider, a touch of lemon juice and simple syrup infused with cinnamon and cardomom, made by Cody Childres, bartender at Sky Blue/Easy Street in Sky Lodge.
It was the first cocktail we tasted at the Park City Cocktail Contest on Tuesday night.
Fourteen other cocktails were presented to the six judges at Red Rock Junction in the contest, which benefits the People’s Health Clinic. This was the winter version of the contest—there’s also a summer event; this means that by the end of the evening, I felt like I’d smoked six clove cigarettes and drunk a gallon of apple juice. Coffee was also a favored ingredient–at least, the coffee drinks made it through several rounds which explains why, after spending several hours steadily sipping liquor, I had a little trouble sleeping that night.
But hey, it's all for the public good. The winner is the official seasonal cocktail of Park City and you'll be able to order it in bars all over town. It would, by the way, make a great Halloween party cocktail. But I'd add a strip of apple peel to the garnish.
Other concoctions, ranging from bizarre to sublime, included:
Creamy Jerry from Matt at Red Rock Junction: Sailor Jerry rum, Stoli Vanil and Red Rock Cream Soda
The Irish Red from Tyler at Bar Boheme at Sky Lodge: Jim Beam “Red Stag,” Bailey’s and coffee
The Snow Bunny from Michele at Grappa: Stoli Vanil, white chocolate liqueur, Frangelico and half-and-half
Jump to get the recipe for the winning Pommard:
1.5 oz Calvados
1.5 oz cinnamon simple syrup (recipe follows)
1.5 oz freshly pressed unfiltered apple juice
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass that’s been rimmed with a mixture of equal parts sugar and cinnamon. Garnish with a whole star anise.
Recipe for cinnamon simple syrup:
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup ground cinnamon
3 tbsp ground cardamom
1 tbsp ground clove
2 cups boiling water
Sift all dry ingredients together until completely mixed and pour into a medium saucepan. Add boiling water and stir over medium heat until mixed through. Allow to cool.