August 27, 2016

proof vodka, poolside prom, Vol. 165

instagram drink of the day • the great pumpkin

the great pumpkin 2 oz proof vodka • 1 tbsp canned pumpkin pie filling • 1/2 oz pumpkin spice syrup*

Shake all ingredients and strain into a martini glass filled with ice. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.

*pumpkin spice syrup: Add 4 cinnamon sticks, 2 tbsp of fresh peeled ginger, a vanilla bean, 1 tbsp whole allspice berries, 1 tbsp whole cloves, about 6 whole star anise pods, 2 cups of sugar and 2 3/4 cups of water. Simmer ingredients on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let steep for another 2-3 hours. Strain into a glass container and store in the refrigerator until needed. Serve toasted pumpkin seeds on the side.

the apple crisp single 1 oz  proof whisky • 1/2 oz Goldschlager • 5 oz apple cider METHOD To a highball glass filled with ice, add proof whisky, Goldschlager and apple cider. Garnish drink with cinnamon stick. This cocktail can be served warm as well, just omit the ice and warm in a heat-resistant mug.

the apple crisp pitcher 8 oz proof whisky • 4 oz Goldschlager • 40 oz apple cider METHOD To a pitcher, add proof whisky, Goldschlager and apple cider. Serve in highballs glasses filled with ice or a heat-resistant mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. (october 21, 2010, volume 3)

poolside prom The seventh annual GretaConstantine pool party had a theme that some of the city's best-dressed were all too happy to oblige: "poolside prom." 

Well-heeled revellers entered the home of Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo through a white-and-maroon balloon arch and were taken back to school with Chef Christine Vynal's chic cafeteria treats (think mini hot dogs with corn relish.) 

Giving a taste of what's to come in Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong's spring/summer 2017 collection were models festooned with exaggerated ruffles, tulle overlays and voluminous sleeve details, and guests were surely planning next year's wardrobes while sipping on Apothic Wine and proof vodka

Things only got more memorable when the Toronto Cheer Athletics Titans bounded onto the scene in custom Greta looks to flip and toss in perfect pyramids (hello magazine)

photos by George Pimentel (, Gabriella Bevilacqua (