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Classic cocktails at The Grand America’s Gibson Lounge

The Grand America has recently launched a new bar program reminiscent of grand hotel bars of the 1920s.

poolside summer cocktails at The Grand America
The Grand America
The Gibson martini at The Grand America
Heather King

“The classic bars of the 1920s were found in hotels,” said Kasey Dubler, director of restaurant operations at The Grand America, “and the cocktails we make at the Gibson Lounge are a reflection of that time period. The cocktails are classic, consistent and crafted with the highest-quality ingredients—many are even named after historic hotels. We want people to know that they can get an artisanal cocktail at a Salt Lake City hotel bar today.”

Classic cocktails have been making a comeback at high-end bars across the country and the bartenders at The Grand America attended classes to learn the history of cocktails and the techniques necessary to mix classic drinks, including how to prepare fresh ingredients.

Amy Eldredge served as an advisor for the new bar program. “Salt Lake City has a great craft cocktail movement, which we wished to reflect at the Gibson Lounge,” said Eldredge. “Grand America’s scale enables it to raise the standards and expectations of what a truly classic hotel bar should be. The bartenders have access to every tool and type of high-quality crystal glassware imaginable—which enables us to create a real five-star cocktail menu fitting for the hotel’s guests.”

Many cocktail ingredients and garnishes are made on site—from fresh-squeezed juices to Gibson-style onions pickled in-house (and found in one of the most delightful Gibson martinis ever made)! The Grand America is also sourcing from local producers where possible, such as the honey used from a nearby organic farm.

The lounge’s new cocktail menu will also be available in the hotel’s Garden Café restaurant and lobby lounge. A jazz trio plays each Friday and Saturday night beginning at 6 p.m. in the Gibson Lounge.

Whichever location you choose to enjoy your classic cocktail in, don’t miss out on some of Executive Chef Fernando Soberanis’ summer entrée nibbles such as the pork belly sliders with a kicky napa cabbage kimchi and kalbi dressing or a smoky, flaky cedar plank salmon glazed with a hint of miso and ginger ponzu.

In addition to the new bar program, The Grand America possesses the state’s only pool liquor license and has designed a poolside cocktail menu for summer, with offerings such as a watermelon margarita, banana daiquiri, house-made sangria and other handcrafted summer drinks.

And for overnight guests enjoying the pool, there are also three Friday night movie features to come:

July 18 The Wizard of Oz

August 22 Monsters Inc

August 29 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

For more information about The Grand America or to make reservations, visit or call 801-258-6000.

Disclaimer: The Grand America Hotel invited me to a summer menu tasting. Opinions are my own.

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