Cheers to Summer at Deer Valley
September Bickmore and Bonnie Ulmer of Deer Valley Grocery~Café, produced the winning cocktail last month at the Park City Cocktail Contest when a panel selected this original cocktail, “Flower & Pine” as Park City’s “Signature Cocktail” for spring and summer 2012.
We met up with Bonnie Ulmer to find out what makes summer in Park City so great and to share a recipe for one of Deer Valley’s signature cocktails.
When did you come to Deer Valley?
I was one of the originals. Starting as a bartender and cocktail waitress at the Après Ski lounge, I started opening day in 1981. I have been making drinks here ever since.
What is a perfect summer day to you?
I usually have Sunday and Mondays off. We wake up early to get a little wakeboarding or waterskiing in on the Jordanelle or Deer Creek. On Sundays we make our way over to the Park City Silly Market for a while and then head back to the closest body of water for paddle boarding. We usually round the day off with a BBQ and of course a couple cocktails.
What is your favorite thing on the menu at Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe?
Ben Stevens, the chef at Grocery~Café makes the best Panini’s. I love to sit and eat on the deck.
What is your most memorable concert at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater?
My favorite concert at the Snow Park Amphitheater had to have been Lyle Lovett. He was married to Julia Roberts at the time and all my friends and I kept trying to see if she was in the crowd somewhere.
Your must have treat at Deer Valley?
My favorite dessert has to be the McHenry’s Frozen Lemon Meringue Pie served at Royal Street Café.
What is your favorite cocktail?
Biggest misconception about Utah liquor laws?
I have so many bar patrons surprised you can actually get a drink in Utah. Some of our cocktails, with liquor flavorings have as much as two and half ounces of liquor in them.
We asked Bonnie to share the recipe to her favorite cocktail, the Blueberry Mojito. It makes a great cocktail to enjoy over the Memorial Day weekend.
Deer Valley Blueberry Mojito
Yields: 1 Drink
1 handful mint
1 tsp. granulated sugar
Quarter wedge of lime
½ to ¾ cup lemonade (preferably not from concentrate)
1 oz. premium light rum (Bacardi Silver brand suggested)
2 Tbsp. fresh or frozen blueberries (one tablespoon smashed to create some juice)
Splash of soda
½ oz. premium dark rum (Myer’s brand suggested)
Sprig of mint (for garnish)
Slice of lime (for garnish)
– In a tall 16 oz. class, add mint leaves and sugar. Squeeze juice from the lime wedge into the glass. Mash the ingredients with the back of a spoon or a special wooden “muddler” until the mixture is fragrant. Fill the glass with ice.
– Add lemonade until the glass is 2/3 full. Add splash of soda then add light rum and blueberries and stir.
– Slowly pour dark rum into the drink so it floats on top.
– Garnish with a sprig of mint and lime, serve.