While we love our North Shore mountains, local mixologist Lauren Mote has taken inspiration from some mighty peaks in other parts of the world for her latest cocktail program.
Called Spirit of the Mountains, it features seven new drinks for Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Whistler and its SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar. In each, Mote incorporates different bitters from Bittered Sling, the company she runs with her husband, chef Jonathan Chovancek.
The Western and Central Cordillera gave rise to Lady of the Mountain, a "meadow & bog" tea service with Crown Royal Northern Harvest rye whisky, apple, and aromatised wine. The Andes, meanwhile, inspired the Orinoco Cobbler, which is served over crushed ice and contains young cachaça, rhubarb aperitivo, lime, and mint, among other aromatic ingredients.
Big Rapa Borgonais is the name Mote gave to a cocktail she dreamed up in honour of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, west of Chile. It has Chilean pisco and Maipo Valley Camenère wine, grapefruit, lime, hibiscus flowers, pineapple, coconut water, along with Bittered Sling plum and root beer bitters.
The Baetic mountains on the southern edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Indochina’s Annamese Cordillera, Mount Fuji, and Mount Kilimanjaro were Mote’s reference points for the other drinks.
Mote, a bar mentor, was the first woman to win the Diageo World Class Canada bartending competition, in 2015. She went on to become the luxury brand Diageo Reserve’s first “global cocktailian”, a role that has her creating “luxury drinking experiences for consumers”.