- Address: 220 Bloor St, W, Toronto
- Visited: 12/05/2016, Drinks, 2 people
- Cuisine: Bar
- Rating: 4.0 5.0 Excellent, worth every $
4.5 Good, food & value
4.0 Good, but $$, would re-visit
3.5 Meh, good $, would re-visit
3.0 Meh, would not re-visit
2.0 Did not like $$$ [$] <20; [$$] <40; [$$$] <80; [$$$$] >80
- Website: http://www.toronto.intercontinental.com
With 4 days left to go until Christmas, I have to admit that I am very very behind on my holiday shopping. Instead of wading into the crowds at malls, I’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit with cocktails, courtesy of the InterContinental Hotel in Yorkville. This year IHG is celebrating the holidays with 4 unique, drinks at each of their Toronto and Montreal locations available throughout December. I stopped by Proof Vodka bar, located inside IHG Yorkville to sip the festive cocktails and forget about my outstanding shopping list.
Disclaimer: All food and drinks reviewed below were provided complimentary. All opinions expressed below are wholly mine.
The 4 festive cocktails featured seasonal herbs and spices like cinnamon, cranberries, thyme and rosemary infusing each glass with a bit of holiday cheer. Each cocktail was priced at $14. My two favourite drinks (because there was tie) were the Red Moon, a great simple mix, and the Santa Claus. I loved the vanilla flavour in the Santa Claus and the touch of bubbles from the champagne.
- Elf Juice – dark rum, apple juice, lime juice, dash of bitters
- Santa Claus – vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, sparkling wine
- Red Moon – red wine, bourbon, simple syrup
- Naughty or Spice – rum, bitters, lime juice, cream, triple sec
To accompany our liquid meal, we nibbled on a delicious assortment of food from Proof Vodka Bar’s menu. There was a great selection of charcuterie and cheeses that were ordered individually. Each order was served with a spoonful of honey (amazing) crunchy crostini, fresh figs and plump blackberries. From the seafood section, we tried the crispy calamari, crab and avocado and citrus mussels. The calamari was lightly battered and an excellent dish to snack on and very shareable. I also really enjoyed the perfectly ripe avocado and well seasoned crab meat.
I’d 100% trade an hour at the mall for an hour sipping a glass of Elf Juice. If you’re already done your shopping, congrats! A festive cocktail would be a well earned reward.