Winter is over, but the cocktail season certainly is not! Here in Park City, our wonderful mixologists cater to every type of weather so we headed over to Deer Valley's Brass Tag, open year-round, to get a taste of what's coming up for the warmer months. Here, manager and mixologist Josh Hockman shares a traditionally shaken daiquiri dubbed the Alida. Fun-fact: the names for all of the Brass Tag's drinks (like many of the runs and lifts at the resort) are chosen from old mining claims at Deer Valley (see if you can spot Alida in the photo below).
Hockman has been in the bartending business for 15 years, getting his start at a ski resort (just as focused on customer satisfaction as Deer Valley) a mile down the road from where he lived in Michigan. When he moved to Utah, he beelined it t to Deer Valley. (he even met his wife during his first month in town--talk about fate!) Hockman stepped into the manager position at the Brass Tag the day it opened and has been curating their signature cocktail collection ever since, even winning the annual Park City Cocktail Contest in 2015 with The Evangeline, a gin-based drink using local Beehive "Jack Rabbit" Gin.
For the Alida (which will likely be the restaurant's Park City Cocktail Contest entry this year), Hockman again opted for using local product, this time from Alpine Distilling. "Every time I come up with drinks for our menu I try to focus on seasonality and showcasing local vendors," says Hockman. "In the case of the Alida, a daiquiri is classic summertime. The very first day Alpine Distilling released their Preserve Liqueur, we went in and bought a lot of product. It has notes of black tea, blood orange, and ginger, which is perfect for the Alida and something really unique." If daiquiris make you think of frozen, blended, strawberry drinks, think again. Hockman prepares the Alida the traditional way: rum with sugar, shaken and strained. What you're left with is a mildly sweet, deliciously sip-able cocktail. That's why the celebrity personality for the Alida is the one and only Prince: flamboyant, but still one hundred percent smooth and classy.
Give the Alida a try for yourself by following along with this tutorial, or stop in at the Brass Tag to have Hockman whip it up for you himself.
- 1 1/2 oz. Dented Brick Antelope Island Rum
- 1 oz. Alpine Distilling's Preserve Liqueur
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
Fill a shaker with ice. Add rum, liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice. Shake and double strain into glass to remove all chunks of ice.
Now you give it a go!