Day 19 – Park City, Utah

Yesterday, on the drive back to the hotel from Golden Spike National Historic Park, the oil change light came on in the car. Since we are a thousand miles from home, I decided I need to get it taken care of. I left the hotel this morning and drove to the closest Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed. It took more than an hour to get it done. The Jiffy Lube was really busy and I had to wait.

Today we are only going a short distance from Salt Lake City to Park City. My son in law suggested we spend a day in Park City. It is one of his favorite places to visit. He also suggested that we eat at the Saloon at High West Distillery. I followed his suggestion and made reservations for an early dinner.

On our way to Park City, we stopped at Jordanelle State Park were we had a picnic lunch. It was a beautiful day and the park was crowded with visitors. We stopped at one of the many covered picnic tables and ate. All the picnic tables were reservable. I felt like we were squatting on someone’s reserved picnic table. We just had snacks from the cooler for lunch, salami, cheese, nuts, and fruit. We ate relatively quickly.

After lunch we drove into Park City. Our first stop was a car wash. The car was covered with a thin layer of white dust. Next, we drove through the city, just looking around. At 3:00 we headed to our hotel where we checked-in and unloaded. We rested in the room for a while. We have early dinner reservation, so we drove to High West Distillery, parking in a nearby public lot.

At the Saloon we were seated quickly outside. Unfortunately, it must have been a shift change of servers, not once came to the table for a full 20 minutes. I eventually went to the hostess station and voiced my concern. A few minutes later Craig came to the table and brought us some water. I initially ordered a flight of their bourbons, so I could try them all before decided which one I wanted.

Bourbon Flight

I liked the Double Rye bourbon so I ordered another round of it. I also ordered the Niman Ranch filet for dinner. Dinner was delicious. We all wanted something sweet to end the meal so we ordered a GRILLSWITH. It’s a Cinnamon Roasted Krispy Kreme Donuts, Vanilla Ice Cream, Rendezvous® Rye Caramel. It was delicious.

GRILLSWITH

After dinner we went into the distillery gift shop and bought a bottle of the American Prairie bourbon and a bottle of Double Rye. Once back at the room we uncorked both bottles and had a little more bourbon as we played Uno.

Sazerac at home

Last night I enhanced my bar tending skills by making my first Sazerac at home. I found a recipe for the quintessential Southern cocktail at Thirstysouth.com. I settled on this recipe after doing some research on the web and realizing that it was the best match for my bar tending abilities.

I spent an hour on Friday night at my local Total Wine store purchasing the ingredients. I chose a nice rye bourbon and splurged on the Lucid Absinthe because I read a good review about it.

Considering first attempts always leave room for improvement, I enjoyed the results. To me a Sazerac is a very aromatic drink. Every sip has a different flavor and smell than the previous. I enjoyed it and I look forwarded to enjoying many more in the future.