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The Moondog Sour drinkby mixologist David Wolowidnyk, bar Manager at West Restaurant in Vancouver 

The Moondog Sour drinkby mixologist David Wolowidnyk, bar Manager at West Restaurant in Vancouver

The Moondog Sour: An amaretto cocktail with a twist Add to ...

When David Wolowidnyk, bar manager at West restaurant in Vancouver, received a request for an Amaretto Sour with a modern twist, he was inspired to experiment with the original recipe, attributed to a protégé of Leonardo da Vinci.

The result: a version of the sweet-and-sour cocktail he could call his own.

Along with Disaronno amaretto, the almond-flavoured liqueur that has been produced in the Italian town of Saronno since about 1900, he added Bacardi eight-year-old rum and Falernum, a sweet and hazy Caribbean syrup with flavours of almond, clove, ginger and lime zest (it’s available in most West Indian food stores). A dash of Moondog bitters gave the new drink its name.

“The Falernum syrup gives the drink a rich mouthfeel, while the Bacardi complements the acidity in the lemons,” says Wolowidnyk, an award-winning mixologist who is co-founder and director of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association.


The Moondog Sour

1 egg white

1½ oz Bacardi eight-year-old rum

1 oz Disaronno Originale

1 oz lemon juice

½ oz Falernum syrup

1 dash Bittered Sling Moondog bitters


To make the drink, separate the egg white into a shaker, then add the remaining ingredients.

Dry shake to emulsify, add ice and shake again to chill.

Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe glass and serve.

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