We sure know how to pick ’em. Silver Star Cafe’s “LaBounty Bourbon Ice Bomb” cocktail was featured in our July/August issue, and now LaBounty’s drink has won 1st place in the Park City Area Restaurant Association’s Summer Cocktail Contest.
Mixologist Jeff LaBounty’s cocktail beat out 20 other drink entries, a big deal in über-hip Park City.
The cocktail is a creative construction of a hollow ice sphere injected with Sugarhouse Bourbon, Bianco Vermouth, Warre’s 10-year port, house-made balsamic syrup and black walnut bitters. A fresh peach slice garnishes the drink. The server presents the drink, taps the ice sphere, and a flavor explosion ensues.
“I hadn’t quite seen anything like this before – it was really cool, and tasty, too,” PCARA executive director Ginger Ries said. “Thanks again to all the restaurants who competed and all the fans who voted online and made this such a big success.”
Jeff LaBounty, creator of the winning cocktail, will be awarded $200 for his creation. He will also be featured in a marketing campaign for the PCARA’s fall “Dine About” event. Oh, and he gets some hard-earned bragging rights.
“Jeff’s cocktail is really just so much fun: it’s whimsical, it’s creative, it’s surprising, it’s totally different than just about anything you’ve seen. This is very cool, and it absolutely deserves the top spot in this year’s competition,” Silver Star Cafe owner Lisa Ward said. “We thank everyone who cast their ballots, the PCARA for hosting another stellar competition, and we can’t wait to welcome folks to try Jeff’s standout creation.”
All entries for the Summer Cocktail Contest can be found at parkcityrestaurants.com