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.
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.”