And The Winner Is...

Aug 1, 2017

The winner of the 2017 Park City Cocktail Contest is…

Royal Street Café at Deer Valley’s Spicy Watermelon Rosé Spritzer!

We are happy to crown Bonnie Ulmer as Park City’s top bartender in this year’s Park City Cocktail Contest! This is Deer Valley’s and Ulmer’s impressive fourth time winning, taking a whooping 39% of the overall votes. With the cocktail’s mix of sugar and spice and everything nice about summer (hello, watermelon and rosé ) it’s no surprise that this light, refreshing, and beautiful cocktail tickled taster’s fancies.

Bonnie Ulmer with her winning cocktail | PC:

Royal Street Café at Deer Valley’s bright pink drink combines vodka, rosé wine, a spicy watermelon mix with jalapeños, a splash of soda, and, perfect for a hot day – a frozen rosé wine ice cube. If that sounds like a pro combination – it is.  Ulmer has been a bartender in Park City for over three decades. She started as a bartender and cocktail waitress at the Après Ski Lounger on opening day in 1981 and has been making drinks ever since.

Her knowledge in both the Park City clientele and local ingredients inspired the creation of her winning concoction. “My inspiration for the drink was to create something fun and local, using watermelon from our farmers,” says Ulmer. “Also, I wanted to make a a drink that not only looks good but tastes great as well, and can also be made without alcohol – so whether you drink or not you will love this light and fresh drink which can be enjoyed on the deck at Royal Street or barbecuing in your back yard.”

Ulmer and the Spicy Watermelon Rosé Spritzer will be featured in PCARA’s popular Fall “Dine About” event marketing campaign. Ulmer was also awarded a $200 cash prize and will enjoy city-wide bragging rights, an impressive feat in a world-class dining destination of more than 50 award-winning restaurants.

“It’s truly an honor to be named this year’s winner among such talented company,” Ulmer said. “The cocktail contest gives us an opportunity to push our creative limits and share our unique creations with our guests, and we’re grateful we came out on top!”  

An honorable mention is due to the runner up, Handle’s Pineapple Express by mixologist Sean Palmer with 21% of the votes.

Check out the winning recipe below as well as Ulmer’s other victorious cocktails  to mix up this summer that are sure to win your guests over. Or you can just go congratulate Ulmer at Royal Street Café at Deer Valley and try the creations directly from the mastermind.

2017 Winner – Spicy Watermelon Rosé Spritzer


  • 1.5 oz Five Wives Vodka
  • Splash of Rose Wine
  • 3 oz Spicy Watermelon mix, flavored with jalapeños
  • Splash of Soda
  • Frozen Rose Wine ice cube

Add watermelon simply syrup mix and vodka in a shaker filled with ice. Shake hard and strain into a martini glass. Add frozen rose cube and top with soda. Garnish with jalapeño strip.

2012 Winner – Flower & Pine (presented with September Bickmore)


  • ½ oz. Beefeater gin
  • ½ oz. St. Germaine liqueur
  • ½ oz. Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 lemon wedge

Serve in martini glass.

2009 Winner – St. Germain Elderflower Cocktail


  •  3 ounces Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)
  • 1 1/2 ounces St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces sparkling water
  • Sprig of mint, for garnish
  • Lemon zest, for garnish
  • Ice

Fill a tall skinny Collins glass with ice. Pour in Prosecco, elderflower liqueur and sparkling water. Stir well. Garnish with a sprig of mint and lemon zest.

2006 Winner – The Blueberry Mojito 


  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Quarter wedge of lime
  • Ice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup lemonade, not from concentrate
  • 1 ounce premium light rum, (Bacardi Silver brand suggested)
  • 2 tablespoons blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 ounce premium dark rum, (Myer’s brand suggested)
  • Sprig of mint, for garnish
  • Slice of lime, for garnish

In a tall, 8-ounce glass, 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 glass is 3/4 full. Add light rum and blueberries. Stir. Slowly pour dark rum into the drink so it floats on top. Garnish with a sprig of mint and lime. Serve.

Thank you for another amazing and fun cocktail contest, Park City! All entries and recipes can be found here. Cheers!