A Princess Bride–inspired Cocktail Recipe by Botanist’s Jeff Savage

The battle of wits.

For those who’ve gone through life searching for a six-fingered man and know never to get involved in a land war in Asia, Jeff Savage offers a literary cocktail. The legendary head bartender at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Botanist Bar draws on William Goldman’s classic romance The Princess Bride for one of his latest creations. Taking its name from Westley and Vizzini’s deadly battle of wits, citrus, grappa di moscato, and cordial make for a bright, floral aperitif with coastal influences that transport imbibers straight to the Cliffs of Insanity. The unique vibrant flavour profile of Tobermory’s new-to-Canada gin, a fresh and citrusy spirit with a splash of the distillery’s renowned whisky, shines through.



2 ounces Tobermory gin

1 ounce wildflower, hissop, and black tea cordial

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

3 dashes grappa di moscato

2 dashes bergamot tincture



Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and shake with ice. Double strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.