TIFF Inspired Cocktails

It's 5 o'clock somewhere. 

Some days call for a simple vodka-soda, and other days call for something with a little more pizzaz. Toronto during TIFF is the perfect time to throw a handful of pizzaz into everything you do. 

I'm always amazed at the variety of cocktails people come up with; who knew you could add egg-whites to create a layer of froth, or that chamomile-infused tea syrup was a thing? 

I learned these fun facts while at an event recently on an epic rooftop at the Thompson Hotel. Four cocktails were showcased and all of their creations were inspired by the film festival. Not only did we get to try these, we were taught how to make them - yay for hands-on learning! 

#1 - Festival '76

"In 1976 the Toronto International Film Festival was launched at the Windsor Arms Hotel in the heart of Yorkville... This cocktail celebrates the elegance of TIFF and the tradition of afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms."
  • Gin
  • St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Chamomile Citrus Tea Syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Moet Champagne

#2 - Pyschopaths on Parade

One of the films at this year's festival is "Legend" starring Tom Hardy. 
"The Kray Twins were celebrities and gangsters in East London during the 1950s and 60s. This spirit forward cocktail was inspired by their Cockney roots and their notorious reputations for enjoying a good party and creating a criminal stronghold over London" 
  • Gin
  • Lillet
  • Apricot Liqueur
  • Lime Juice
  • Simple Syrup
  • Hopped Grapefruit Bitters

#3 - Ares Project

Matt Damon stars in The Martian, where he has to find a way to grow fresh food on an inhabitable planet so this cocktail contains plenty of fresh ingredients! 
  • Vodka
  • Cointreau Orange Liqueur
  • Strawberry & Balsamic Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Basil-infused Egg Whites

#4 - The Boss

Johnny Depp stars in The Mass where he plays "Whitey" Bulger, an Irish immigrant living in South Boston, one of America's most wanted individuals.
"...this cocktail was designed to be strong, spirit forward, yet sophisticated enough for a boss
  • Jameson
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Benedictine
  • Psychauds Bitters

*Please remember to drink responsibly