SLC Eatery/Eli Hays: 2022 Cocktail Contest

Eli Hays loves tending bar because he’s the rare cross between a morning person and a night person. “I love doing things in the daytime and working during the night.” His work at SLC Eatery affords the perfect balance. “When I first started, I was working in bars that would close at 2 a.m.,” he says. “Plus, I was just slinging boring drinks like rum and cokes. I found better hours and creativity where I’m at.”


The staff at SLC Eatery (or any restaurant really) likes their caffeine. “I was making a batch of matcha lattes every day and wanted to see how I could incorporate matcha into a drink,” he says. The drink, an unexpected twist on a traditional cocktail, pairs well with SLC Eatery’s Asian-inspired cuisine. 

The Matcha Mojito

1.5 oz. Hamilton White ‘Stache Rum 

.75 oz. strawberry syrup

.75 oz. lime juice

Matcha powder

Fresh mint

Muddle matcha and mint in a shaker and combine ingredients. Shake and pour over ice and dust with matcha powder. 

Try it at SLC Eatery
1017 S. Main St., SLC

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