A Toast to TIFF

Toronto cocktail restaurant East Thirty-Six raises a glass to the city’s favourite film festival with movie-themed drinks.

As the curtain rises on the world-renowned Toronto International Film Festival, classic cocktail hotspot East Thirty-Six is rolling out the red carpet with a lineup of film-inspired beverages to satisfy the city’s drink-loving film buffs.

From the mind of master mixologist and East Thirty-Six co-owner Julien Salomone comes this collection of soon-to-be cult classic concoctions in honour of Toronto’s favourite film fest. The E36 Smoked Boulevardier will make its debut alongside the opening night gala presentation of Demolition and its often-bearded star Jake Gyllenhaal. With its mélange of gin, Fernet-Branca, Gentiane, chestnut liqueur and black walnut bitters, the London Amaro pairs nicely with Tom Hardy and his frequently scowling, sometimes brawling double-role in Legend. Rom-com Lolo, starring the breath-of-fresh-air that is Julie Delpy, gets its screen time with the Kir Provencal, an aromatic blend of lavender syrup, Crème Yvette, cava and gin. The Golden Era, a mix of bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, white vermouth and bitters, celebrates TIFF’s 40th anniversary in the best way. And the final act is sparked with the Guns N’ Roses, inspired by the side-splitting duo of Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell in the action-comedy adventure Mr. Right.

All these star-studded cocktails are only available for the duration of TIFF (Sept. 10 to 25, 2015), so pop by East Thirty-Six to sample one — or two — before the curtain closes on the festival and these drinks.

Photos Courtesy of East Thirty-Six

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