TIFF 2018: The Boozy Drinks Celebs Have Been Sipping On

By Meghan McKenna

Date September 13, 2018

We’ve passed the halfway point of TIFF 2018, which means the major premieres have passed, the stars are headed home to Hollywood the and the buzzy celebrity parties are winding down. Now is the time that we look back and reflect on the week: which films are headed to the Oscars? Which young actor will be the next Timothée Chalamet? And also, what boozy beverages have all these celebrities been celebrating with?

We don’t have all the answers, but if you’ve been following along with our TIFF party coverage, you’ll know that we do have a pretty good grasp on what drinks were served at the hottest post-premiere parties. As you flip through the gallery of recipes, you’ll notice one thing: a lot of these cocktails contain caffeine. TIFF can be tiring, and these sweet, strong, carefully curated beverages have presented a welcome way for celebs and party attendees alike to wind down—or turn up.

Le Premiere

– 1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka
– 3/4 parts popcorn syrup
– 1/2 parts fresh lime
– 8 mint leaves

Method: Stir all ingredients in a collins glass with crushed ice, and garnish with fresh mint and popcorn.

Popcorn Syrup:
– 250 ml water
– 250 g granulated sugar
– 1 bag of extra buttery popcorn

Method: Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add half a bag of popcorn. Let it infuse for 10 minutes. Strain out popcorn through a sieve, conserving the popcorn water and squeezing as much liquid out of the kernels as possible. Bring the liquid back up to a boil and repeat steps 2 & 3 with the remaining popcorn. Combine the popcorn liquid with sugar and stir until dissolved. Bottle and keep refrigerated.

Nespresso First Man Cocktail

– 1 x Mexican Capsule
– 1oz Reposado Tequila
– .75oz Amaro
– Montenegro
– 1 x cinnamon stick
– 3 x cardamom pods
– 1 x Nesporesso Brown sugar sticks 1x Orange Twist

Method: Add sugar, spirits, cardamom, cinnamon to glass, brew coffee and stir. Chill in fridge until cold. Pour over ice, garnish with orange peel.

Magic Hour

1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Flavoured Vodka
1 1/2 parts fresh orange juice
1 1/2 parts unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 parts vanilla syrup
Method: Combine all ingredients in shaker, add ice and shake until cold. Strain and serve in rocks glass. Top with grated orange zest.

Vanilla Syrup:
250 ml water
250 g granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean
Method: Bring water to boil. Remove from heat. Slice vanilla bean down the middle with seeds scraped, and add to boiling water. Infuse for 30 minutes. Add sugar, stir until dissolved. Bottle and keep refrigerated.

Arctic White, a White Boy Rick Cocktail

– 1.5 oz Cîroc Ultra Premium
– .75 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
– .5 oz simple syrup
– 2 oz Scarpetta Freco Frizzante

Method: Pour 2.75 oz of mix into a shaker. Add ice. Shake. Add sparkling wine. Strain into a rocks or wine glass.

Nespresso Ben is Back Cocktail

– 1 x Altissio Capsule
– 1 oz Averna
– .5 oz Madeira
– 2 dashes chocolate bitters

Method: Brew coffee, add to shaker and add Averna, Madeira and bitters. Fill with Ice, shake and strain into a coupe. Garnish with shaved dark chocolate.

The Sequel

– 1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka
– 1/2 parts Sherry
– 1/2 parts Creme De Cacao
– 3/4 parts Espresso

Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with high quality ice. Shake until cold and frothy. Strain into a martini cocktail glass. Garnish with grated dark chocolate.

The Pianist’s Paloma, a Green Book Cocktail

-1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco
– 4 oz Q drink grapefruit
– Pinch Maldon salt
– Paloma Rimmer
– 1/2 grapefruit slice

Method: Rim Collins glass with Paloma rimmer. Build cocktail in collins glass. Add ice. Garnish with a 1/2 grapefruit slice.

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