You Need to Try These TIFF Inspired Cocktails for Date Night

They're inspired by the bartenders' favourite TIFF films of the year!

Shangri-La Toronto is the official hospitality partner of Toronto International Film Festival and is taking centre stage with their exclusive offerings to celebrate the return of TIFF this September. This includes delicious eats, a unique Afternoon Tea, room packages to stay like a star, and artistic movie-inspired cocktails you can’t miss.

Shangri-La Toronto’s talented bartenders have created a range of TIFF inspired cocktails based on their favourite films from this year’s festival. Their mixologists have explored Oscar-worthy flavours bringing to life nine unique creations.

You have to order these cocktails for date night during TIFF!

The Glass Onion

Inspired by Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

A film where famed southern detective Benit Blanc (Daniel Craig) travels to Greece for his latest case. 

Sip this concoction out of a hanging glass fixture and allow mysterious flavours of cachaca, laphroaig and vanilla rooibos help crack the code. Garnished with florals unique to the island of Mykonos.

The Swimmers

Inspired by: The Swimmers

Premiering at The Opening Night Gala, This soaring epic dramatizes the true story of two sisters who left their home in war-torn Syria for a new life in Europe, and the chance to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Inspired by Syrian flavours, cardamon, arak and anise, the cocktail is brought to life in the colour yellow, representing hope.

The Women King

Inspired by: Woman King

Featuring a thrilling performance from Oscar winner Viola Davis, this tale brings to life the true story of the Agojie, the all-female military regiment charged with protecting the embattled African empire.

With bold flavours of ginger, lemongrass and exotic lime found in the Kingdom of Dahomey, each ingredient represents strength, courage, and the power within.

The Policeman

Inspired by: My Policeman

This tale of forbidden romance and changing social conventions follows three characters, policeman Tom (Harry Styles/Linus Roache), teacher Marion (Emma Corrin/Gina McKee), and museum curator Patrick (David Dawson/Rupert Everett), and their emotional journey spanning decades.

This cocktail highlights a trio of key ingredients: lavender, grapefruit, and belvedere vodka.

The Rosebud

Inspired by: What’s Love Got to Do with it

Lily James, Shazad Latif, and Emma Thompson star in Shekhar Kapur’s smart, effervescent romantic comedy following a filmmaker who decides to document her best friend’s journey toward arranged marriage.

Taking place in Britain and drawing on one of the most loved spirits in Britain, Gin takes the spotlight in this cocktail alongside maraschino liquor and rosewater to set the scene for romance.

The Gala

Inspired by: Daliland

Daliland, the closing night lm of Toronto International Film Festival paints a picture of the larger-than-life union of Spanish painter, Salvador and his vivacious wife, Gala.

Celebrating Gala in all her glory, the Shangri La mixology team has combined apple brandy from Normandy, local apple cider and calvados. Finished with a cinnamon dusting and a dehydrated gala apple.

The Libertine

Inspired by: Paris Memories

A piercing examination of what it means to live through devastating violence, the latest from Festival regular Alice Winocour brilliantly dramatizes the way trauma can render our fragments of memory into a puzzle.

This cocktail is clean, crisp and refreshing with a nod to the treasured Veuve Clicquot champagne.

The Greatest Beer

Inspired by: The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Zac Efron and Russell Crowe star in Peter Farrelly’s follow-up to Green Book, about a merchant seaman who, in 1967, accepted a bet to personally deliver a case of beer from New York to his army buddies in Vietnam.

Sip on Shangri-La’s signature B-Wall Beer made locally with honey from their beehive and a little surprise on the side.

The Billy

Inspired by: Bros

This insightful rom-com about a witty, cynical podcaster navigating romance with an earnest, handsome lawyer is a pitch-perfect portrait of queer New York in all its variety.

Highlighting the charisma of Billy Eichner, this cocktail is extravagant and truly one-of-a-kind. Served in a terrarium, with a plethora of savoury garnishes and smoked to perfection.

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