Jason Yelton has a knack for craft cocktails and has quickly created a reputation for himself around Park City as one of the most talented mixologists in the area. Butcher’s Chophouse and Bar (where Yelton is the food and beverage director) is a classic Park City establishment with an old school American dining feel. The staff is friendly and warm, the food always delectably consistent, and they offer a top-notch beverage program.
Yelton puts a great amount of thought and detail into his cocktails and strives to place an emphasis on the Farm to Glass concept. According to Yelton, this practice is “just as important behind the bar as it is in the kitchen.” A great example of Yelton’s genius lies in his take on the very trendy, Moscow mule.
Yelton decided to raise the bar by creating his very own ginger base, allowing him to omit the traditional ginger beer component. This small adjustment gives his version of this cocktail an elevated herbaceous bite and complexity that accompanies the spirit and lime beautifully. My personal favorite signature cocktail on his menu is his ginger margarita. Yelton was able to modify an almost perfect drink and true to his style, make it better. We added the recipe below.
Not only does Butcher’s utilize seasonal ingredients in their creations, they strive to keep guests happy and loyal with very generous pricing. Most cocktails stay within the $11/$12 range, which offers amazing value for such high quality and unique products. I failed to mention one of the biggest draws that Butcher’s offers, a fantastic late night bar menu that features the best option for great food after 10pm!
Do yourself a favor and check out this iconic Park City establishment during your next trip to Old Town!
- 1.5 oz Exotico Reposado (reposado of your choice)
- 1.5 oz Ginger Base (Equal Parts Fresh Juiced Whole Ginger and granulated white sugar, immersion blend fully)
- 1oz Lime Juice
- .5oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao Orange Liqueur
- Top Splash of Soda Water
- Garnish lime wheel and skewer of candied ginger