The Five Stars

When I called David Wolowidnyk, bar manager and drink specialist at Vancouver’s West Restaurant, looking for a recipe for a distinctly 
Canadian Cocktail that he would be pouring his Olympic visitors he 
reminded me of why the world loves Canadians.

" We haven’t been thinking like that," he said. "Instead, we have been 
trying make cocktails that appeal to the tastes of our world visitors,
not just our own palates. For example, we’ve had lots of Norwegians in 
the last couple of weeks so we have tried to be creative and put a
 freestyle spin on some drinks with Aquavit. We just want our guests to
 be comfortable and happy." Walking distance to a variety of
 Olympic venues, Wolowidnyk’s (it’s pronounced just like it’s 
spelled. Wallow-wid-nik) bar has been full with faces from around the globe who have come to try his unique concoctions. 

Below is his Five Stars Cocktail. Named for obvious reasons.

-Kelly J. Hayes

  • 1 4 oz Ardbeg 10 year Single malt Whisky
  • 1 oz Calvados
  • 1 oz Pommeau de Normandie (cider-based aperitif)
  • 14 oz Giffard Caramel Liqueur
  • 1 dash Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
  • 1 slice apple (for garnish)
  • Glassware:
 Coupe cocktail glass (pre-chilled)

Measure all the liquid ingredients into a mixing glass then add ice to
 fill half way.
 Stir gently to chill and gently dilute (30 seconds)
Strain into prepared cocktail glass.
 Cut out some interesting shapes (like stars!) from the apple slice and 
float on top.

Wolowidnyks Note: “The wisp of peat smoke gently surrounds both the 
apple aperitif and apple liquor, accented by the aromatic spices of the
 old fashion bitters. This drink reminds me of having a baked apple over 
an open fire.”

Published on July 7, 2010