The true creation of a popular cocktail can be traced to the nineteenth century. One early written reference to the term “cocktail” (as a drink based on spirits with other spirits and additives) can be found in an American magazine, The Balance, published in May 1806. It stated that a “Cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters…”

Cocktails once made with the finest of liquors – spirits and ingredients started to go down hill over the years – for the sake of saving money -with the use of pre-mixed concoctions, artificial flavors and colors.

Now there is a real revolution going on in the cocktail world, a return to the real cocktail with the best ingredients. Some clubs – and bartenders are making their own, going back to the original cocktail – that of past times using real fresh fruit, organic sugars and infused liquors, mixing small batches, shaking or stirring by hand.

Restaurants and clubs all over the country are getting with the program – including Utah!

If you would like to partake in some of these delicious artisanal cocktails – and great food we might add (right here in Salt Lake City) – check out the links below.

Wild Grape Bistro

481 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 746-5565

The Wild Grape Bistro has now been open for over a year. Chef’s Phelix Gardner and Pete Hines are back to back winners of the 2009 and 2010 Utah’s Top Chef Competition at the Utah Home Show sponsored by Channel 4. Best New Restaurant award from Salt Lake Magazine, Mentioned in Best New Restaurant and Best Wine List categories Salt Lake City Weekly, Best Kept Secret Utah Business Magazine, Written about in Sunset Magazine, Salt Lake Magazine, City Weekly, Enterprise, Examiner, Avenues Monthly Paper plus several other publications.


878 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84102-3608
(801) 532-0777

Built in 1910, the Woodman Building features original brickwork throughout adding old world charm to the renovated space. Reclaimed wood tables compliment the historic quality of the brick. Additionally, green-building techniques punctuate the restaurant, complimenting the sustainable food and beverage offerings.

Pago is a meritage of contemporary and old world design aesthetics. This combination allows our guests to experience Pago as both their familiar neighborhood restaurant and watering hole with an urban flare. Pago is a great place to grab a casual Belgium beer and an artisan sandwich or to have a multi-course meal paired with one of the 20 wines by the glass.

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