CELEBRITY SLURPS

Just for NOW read­ers, five Toronto bar­tenders con­coct Film Fest celebrity slurps that will let you drink like the stars. Try these recipes to taste how TIFF Town mix­mas­ters put the siz­zle in the swiz­zle.

NOW Magazine - TIFF - - INSIDE - By GRAHAM DUN­CAN

Toronto bar­tenders con­coct cock­tails for Clooney, De Niro and other thirsty TIFF A-lis­ters

TIFF CELEBRITY ANDY SERKIS in Death Of A Su­per­hero Serkis plays a psy­chol­o­gist coun­selling a young man dy­ing of can­cer who ex­presses him­self through com­pos­ing a su­per­hero comic.

STARTENDER SCOTT MOCHRIE, Grind House Burger Bar ( 365 Queen West, 416 977 3010) Mochrie got his start 11 years ago at Kil­gor’s on Bloor and has been shak­ing up the town ever since.

THE DRINK Kong’s Re­venge 1 oz Kraken Black Spiced Rum 1 oz Sauza Sil­ver Te­quila ¾ oz Ha­vana Club Dry 7 Year- Old Rum ¾ oz Gal­liano ¾ oz fresh OJ ¾ oz fresh le­mon and lime juice (equal parts) ¼ oz grena­dine 2 dashes Bit­ter Truth Cre­ole Bit­ters 1 dash An­gos­tura Bit­ters

of a banana Mud­dle banana in a cock­tail shaker. Add all in­gre­di­ents and shake vig­or­ously with ice. Pour through a ine strainer into a 10- ounce ce­ramic tiki mug illed with crushed ice. Gar­nish with banana, lime, le­mon and or­ange wheels in ascending or­der. Serve with a large- di­am­e­ter straw.

THE SYN­OP­SIS Know­ing that it’s re­ally hard to make a tasty can­cer-themed drink, Mochrie has fo­cused on Serkis’s fa­mous mon­ster roles: “The tiki-style cock­tail with real banana is, of course, for the movie King Kong, where Andy plays the role of Kong him­self. The swamp cre­ated in our sink by mak­ing the drink is, pos­si­bly, my homage to his Gol­lum in The Lord Of The Rings. Kong’s Re­venge is de initely a mon­ster of a drink with over 3 ounces of liquor in it.”

TIFF CELEBRITY ROBERT DE NIRO in Killer Elite Mr. Are You Talkin’ To Me joins Clive Owen and Jason Stratham in a welcome re­turn to badassery.

STARTENDER SI­MON HO, Drake Ho­tel (1150 Queen West, 416 5315042) Hav­ing spent most of his life be­hind bars, Ho is now one of the head ’ten­ders at the Drake, where he’ll be mak­ing elite, killer drinks un­til 4 am ev­ery night for the du­ra­tion of the fest.

THE DRINK The # 12 To Sedg­wick Ave 1¾ oz Vic­to­ria Gin ½ oz dry ver­mouth ¼ oz St- Ger­main el­der lower liqueur Dash of or­ange bit­ters Juice of half a grape­fruit (about 1 oz) Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents in a mix­ing glass with cracked ice and stir. Strain into a dou­ble old-fash­ioned glass over a 2-inch ice cube. Gar­nish with grape­fruit zest.

SYN­OP­SIS The # 12 is a vari­a­tion on the tra­di­tional Bronx cock­tail. The drink takes its name from the bus De Niro drove in A Bronx Tale. Ho ob­serves, “De Niro didn’t want to get pi­geon­holed in Mob roles, so he mixed things up with comedic parts in movies like An­a­lyze This and Meet The Fock­ers. With this in mind, the # 12 has a lit­tle sweet­ness de­spite its tough ex­te­rior.”

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