Wolowidnyk: A prize-winning cocktail

Vancouver Sun

Wolowidnyk: A prize-winning cocktail Juanita Ng

Congrats to David Wolowidnyk, bar manager of West Restaurant, whose Beldi cocktail won over thousands of entries in the inaugural World’s Most Imaginative Bartender contest sponsored by Bombay Sapphire.

In the competition, held in Marrakech, Morocco, each of the seven finalists was tasked with creating his or her most imaginative cocktail. Wolowidnyk says his winning cocktail was directly influenced by the sights, sounds and flavours of Marrakech.

“I came into Bombay Sapphire’s World’s Imaginative Bartender competition with a few ideas, but I really wanted to take cues from the experiences that were to unfold and, as expected, there were special moments when natural inspiration occurred,” he says. “It is such an honour to be recognized with this prestigious title.”

Here’s the recipe for Wolowidnyk’s winning Beldi cocktail.

Wolowidnyk: A prize winning cocktail


45 mL Bombay Sapphire infused with Moroccan Saffron and Ginseng

20 mL Martini Bianco cold steeped with 5 mL Moroccan Mint Tea and 6-8 fresh mint leaves

15 mL Cinnamon/Cassia Syrup

2 dashes Lem-Marrakech Bitters, exclusively produced beforehand by Kale & Nori


Toasted Moroccan coriander tincture

To garnish

Lemon zest, with the star from Moroccan flag cut into it


Combine Bombay Sapphire, Martini Bianco, Cinnamon/Cassia Syrup and Bitters

Stir with ice in a mixing glass

Mist the Toasted coriander tincture into the chilled glass

Strain into a chilled glass, garnish with a lemon zest and mist tincture again over the surface.



Posted on May 31, 2012, in Morocco News and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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