A taste of Italy was brought to Downtown Toronto on July 18 at Malfy Gin’s aperitivo-themed patio party. Co-hosted by FASHION and Toronto Life at the stylish VELA on Portland Street, this breezy night overflowed with delicious Malfy cocktails and decadent bites that transported guests to the Amalfi Coast.
Malfy Gin, an aperitivo premium gin produced in Italy (with local Italian ingredients), is on a mission to inspire Canadians to step out of their mundane routines and bring the dolce vita lifestyle to their homes—and this chic event was meant to be the inspiration to jumpstart that journey.
To help guests taste and experience the beauty of the sweet life, the mixologist prepared three expertly crafted cocktails featuring each of Malfy Gin’s signature spirits. The Malfy Lemon Cocktail featured their classic Malfy con Limone (lemon), along with white vermouth, wormwood, fresh lemon and sparkling rosé. The Negroni-inspired Malfy Rose Cocktail was mixed with Malfy Rosa, fino sherry, Campari and strawberry. Finally, the refreshing Malfy Arancia was made with lemon sugar, fluffy orange juice and Malfy con Arancia.
As guests mingled, a delicious assortment of appetizers was passed around, including crispy maitake mushrooms; octopus and shishito skewers; prosciutto and melon skewers; black truffle and parmesan arancini balls; and tomato tartlets. There was also an impressive oyster bar for guests to truly live out their coastal fantasies, along with a luxurious caviar and blini board.
Beyond the refreshments, the Italian-inspired ambiance was set with colourful decorative touches, including baskets of lemons, drapes of flowers and a bright blue statement door wrapped in vines of flowers and lemons, which served as a backdrop for guests to have their Polaroid portrait taken. The mood was fun and flirty, especially thanks to the Italian beats playing in the background. Guests also didn’t play when it came to fashion. From bright and bold hues to fun summer prints, the city was hit with a much-needed splash of vacation—everyone was ready for a getaway at the end of the night.
As a memento for the unforgettable evening, guests were given summer cocktail recipes to try at home, a Malfy Gin postcard and a stunning silk scarf to help everyone live out their Italian fashion dreams.
Scroll below for highlights from the evening, and click here to purchase a bottle of Malfy Gin (dolce vita lifestyle included).