TIFF-Inspired Drinks For Your Own Movie Bash

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If you can’t make it out for the festivities, you can certainly have your own bash with these TIFF-inspired cocktails!

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this week with major Hollywood stars in town to promote their new films and schmooze with Tinsletown’s finest.

Festival ’76 (inspired by 40 years of the film festival)
Glass: Champagne flute
Ice: none
Garnish: Grapefruit Zest

o 3⁄4 oz Bombay East Gin
o 1⁄4 oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur o 3⁄4 oz Chamomile citrus tea Syrup
o 1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
o Top with Moet Champagne

1) Add all ingredients, except the champagne, into an mixing tin.

2) Fill with ice and shake.

3) Double strain into a champagne flute.

4) Top with champagne and garnish.

In 1976 the Toronto International film festival was launched as the ‘Festivals of Festivals’ at the Windsor Arms Hotel in the heart of Yorkville. As well as hosting many celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn, the hotel has also celebrated afternoon tea in their ‘Tea Room’ since 1927. This cocktail celebrates this elegancy of TIFF and the tradition of afternoon tea at the Windsor arms.

Psychopaths on Parade (inspired by “Legend” starring Tom Hardy and Emily Browning) Glass: old Fashioned
Ice: kold-draft
Garnish: Grapefruit zest (discarded)

o 1 1⁄2 oz Beefeater Gin o 1⁄2 oz Lillet
o 1⁄4 Apricot Liqueur
o 1⁄2 oz Lime juice

o 1⁄4 oz Simple syrup

o 2 drops Hopped grapefruit bitters

1) Add all ingredients into mixing tin and fill with ice.

2) Shake vigorously and strain into an ice filled old-fashioned glass.

3) Zest with grapefruit and discard.

The Kray Twin were celebrities and gangsters in East London during the 1950s and 60s. Inspired by their Cockney (East London) roots and their notorious reputations for enjoying a good party and creating a criminal stronghold over London. With the brothers being born in the mean streets of Hoxton, East London, and having spent time as prisoners in the Tower of London due to going AWOL during WWII, Beefeater Gin is the obvious base of this spirit-forward cocktail.

Ares Project (inspired by “The Martian” with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Sebastian Stan)
Glass: coupe/wine glass
Ice: none
Garnish: strawberry slice

o 2 oz Grey Goose vodka
o 1⁄4 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
o 1 1⁄2 oz Strawberry & Balsamic syrup
o 3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
o Basil infused egg whites (1 medium egg)

1) Add all ingredients into a mixing tin. Add ice and shake vigorously.

2) Double strain into a couple/wine glass.

3) Garnish with a slice of strawberry.

In the movie “The Martian”, many people see the plot of rescuing the stranded astronaut from Mars. However, the inspiration for this cocktail is the science that Matt Damon’s character needed to employ to grow fresh food on an inhabitable planet. The cocktail is therefore a mixture of fresh and molecular ingredients, with preservation techniques that produce an out-of- this -world flavour profile.

The Boss (inspired by “Black Mass” starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton and Kevin Bacon)
Glass: Old Fashioned
Ice: Kold-Draft
Garnish: Orange zest

o 2 oz Jameson Select Reserve Irish Whiskey o 1⁄2 oz Dolin’s Sweet Vermouth
o 1⁄4 oz Benedictine
o 1 dash Paychauds bitters

1) Add all ingredients into an ice filled glass and stir.

2) Add more ice when needed.

3) Garnish with an orange twist

‘Whitey’ Bulger, Americas 2nd most wanted person only behind Osama Bin Laden for over a decade, was the inspiration of this cocktail. As an Irish Immigrant living in South Boston, life was always tough and one had to be strong to survive. So he became ‘The Boss’ of the Boston Underworld. Created with the staunch Irish traditions in mind that Whitey so-valued, this cocktail was designed to be strong and spirit-forward, yet still sophisticated enough for The Boss.

Cocktail Ingredients

Chamomile Citrus Tea Syrup

o 2 cups of white Sugar
o 500 ml water
o 4 Chamomile Citrus tea bags

1) Add boiling water to the sugar and stir until dissolved.

2)Add tea bags to the syrup while still hot and allow to steep for 20 minutes.

3) Press all remaining liquid from bags and discard.

4) Place in fridge and allow to cool.

Strawberry-Balsamic Syrup

o 1 liter Strawberry Juice
o 500 ml Rich Simple syrup (2:1 sugar to water) o 60 ml Balsamic Vinegar

1) Add all ingredients into a non-reactive jar and shake to mix.

2)Allow to sit for 20 minutes before use.

3) Keep in a seal container and refrigerated.

Basil Infused Egg Whites

o 1 dozen Eggs
o Basil Essential Oil o Cotton balls

1) Place eggs into a sealable container and surround with cotton balls.

2) Add drops of Basil essential oils to the cotton balls and seal container.

3) Allow to sit for at least 48 hours.

o BEEFEATER 24 gin
o JAMESON Irish whiskey
o ST. GERMAIN elderflower liqueur o COINTREAU orange liqueur
o DOLIN’S sweet vermouth
o MOET & CHONDON champagne

Non-Alcohol Ingredients
o Chamomile Citrus Tea Syrup o Strawberry-Balsamic Syrup o Basil Infused Egg whites
o Fresh Lemon juice

o Paychauds Bitters

o OrangeZest
o Strawberry slice o Grapefruit zest