The ‘Breaking Bad’ Blue Sky Margarita

With only a few hours to go before the final episode of Breaking Bad, the mood is a little blue here around the Madtini Labs. Without our regular Sunday night fix of White family fun, New Mexico scenery and drug cartel wars we’re not sure how we’re going to keep ourselves entertained.

In honor of the Breaking Bad finale we cooked up a few Blue Sky Margaritas, so-named for the nearly pure form of crystal methamphetamine cooked up by Mr. White and Jesse. Once you get to know this margarita recipe, check the Chicken appetizers recipe so you can have you a nice meal to go with your drink.


Breaking Bad Sky Blue Margarita

Breaking Bad - Blue Ice

Breaking Bad Blue Sky Margarita

Ingredients (makes 1 drink)

Blue Ice Chips:
3-4 drops of blue food coloring
shallow cooking pan

Blue Salt
Kosher Salt
3-4 drops of blue food coloring

Blue Sky Margarita
4 oz Tequila
2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Blue Curacao
2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 tspns superfine sugar
Wedge of lime
Margarita glass


Blue Ice chips:
1. Fill a shallow cooking pan with approximately 1/4 inch of water. Squeeze 3-4 drops of blue coloring into the water and spread color evenly with a spoon.
2. Place the pan on a level surface in a freezer.
3. Once ice is solid, remove the pan and use a hammer to break up the ice into large chunks.

Blue Salt:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place a generous amount of salt (we used kosher salt) into a sandwich bag. Squeeze 3-4 drops of blue food coloring into the bag and work the mixture with your fingers until the color is evenly distributed through the salt.
3. Pour the salt onto a shallow baking sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes, until the moisture has been removed from the salt. Remove and let the salt cool.
4. After salt has cooled, place onto a shallow plate.

Blue Sky Margarita
1. Combine the tequila, blue curacao, lime juice, triple sec and sugar in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Cover and shake the mixture well.
2. Take a wedge of lime and rub onto the rim of the Margarita glass. Turn glass over, place into the blue salt and turn until the rim is covered.
3. Add several broken chips of blue ice to the glass and pour in the margarita.
4. Breathe deep and serve.

Party Like a Mad Man – The Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party

Mad Men cast, Season 5

Mad Men cast, Season 5 - photo via AMC's official Mad Men site

Recently the authors of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheurtlin, invited us to join them in celebrating the return of Mad Men on March 25, 2012 for a fifth season by participating in a Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party and how could we refuse? After all, Madtini came to be as a result of our love of Mad Men, 1960s culture and cocktails!

We’ve had a great time exploring the recipes for cocktails, appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts within The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook and figured it was only fitting if we mixed up a drink for the cocktail hour. Check out to get the best salad marker utensils.

One of our very favourite Mad Men scenes is from Season 3, episode 3 “My Old Kentucky Home”. In the scene, Don Draper makes an Old Fashioned (using rye) for himself and “Connie” (Conrad Hilton) as the two exchange small talk about growing up poor. (You can view the scene here.)

Old Fashioned

This recipe for the Old Fashioned courtesy of The Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, New York
Old Fashioned cocktail
Note: Bourbon or rye may be used in the Old Fashioned. Rye was originally used, and the Grand Central Oyster Bar is starting to use rye again in these drinks; they use Michter’s, but Don would likely choose Canadian Club, the brand we see in his office and home. Seagrams V.O. and Crown Royal were also popular in the 1960s, says Jonathan Rogers of the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

1 orange slice
1 maraschino cherry
1 teaspoon sugar
Few drops of Angostura bitters
A splash of soda water to muddle the ingredients
2.5 ounces rye or bourbon (we used Maker’s Mark)

1. In a mixing glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water: push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released.

2. Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar is melted. Add rye or bourbon and serve over rocks, if desired.

Another favourite here at Madtini is the Irish Coffee which we figured was an appropriate night cap at the end of a lovely evening.
In a memorable scene between Don Draper and Rachel Menken in Season 1, episode 6 “Babylon” at the Tea Room of the Pierre Hotel, Don attempts to charm Rachel who reminds him that they are meeting strictly for business and she only orders coffee. “Irish Coffee?” suggests Don in his typical roguish fashion. “Coffee.” Rachel replies firmly. (I think Don might need an Irish Coffee – there’s a definite chill in the air!).

Irish Coffee

This recipe for Irish Coffee courtesy of The Pierre Hotel, New York, New York
Irish Coffee
Note: The hotel uses Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey, but the drink also works well with John Jameson Irish Whiskey. Any variety of whiskey made in Ireland will suffice, hence the name “Irish Coffee”.

2 ounces Irish Whiskey (we used Bushmill’s)
3.5 teaspoons light brown sugar
4 ounces hot coffee
Whipped cream, for topping

Stir whiskey, brown sugar and coffee together in a mug. Add whipped cream to top.

If you find the whipped cream is sinking to the bottom the secret, according to Irish Coffee inventor Joe Sheridan, is “the coffee must be lightly sweetened, the cream must be both fresh and softly whipped, and the cream must be poured into the hot coffee over the back of a spoon.”

To join Madtini other great blogs in the Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party be sure to visit the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook on Facebook and follow @DineLikeDraper and @Madtini and don’t forget to check out The Unofficial Mad cookbook.

The Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party is tonight (March 18, 2012) on twitter from 8-9pm Eastern and following the hashtag #PartyLikeaMadMan.

Foynes’ Red Eye

Foynes' Red Eye

Created by Misty Kalkofen, a bartender at Green Street in Cambridge, Mass., as a homage to the Irish Coffee, which orginated at the Foynes Airport in Limerick, Ireland.

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  • 1 oz Redbreast Irish Whisky
  • 3/4 oz Amara Averna
  • 1/2 oz heavy cream
  • 1 oz Guinness Simple Syrup*
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • coffee bean

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker 2/3 filled with ice. Strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Top with grated bits of coffee bean.

Guinness Simple Syrup
Add a can of Guinness to a sauce pan over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, add 8 ounces of Demerara sugar and set aside to cool. Refrigerate, the Guinness syrup should last for a couple of weeks.

via Bon Appetit

Irish Manhattan

Irish Manhattan


  • 2 1/2 oz Bushmills Irish Whisky
  • 1 1/2 oz Noily Pratt Sweet Vermouth
  • 3-4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 can of Guinness

Combine all the whisky, sweet vermouth in a mixing glass 2/3 full of ice. Add the bitters, stir the contents. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Pour the can of Guinness into a beer glass, as the beer settles, scoop the foam and carefully add it to the martini glass. Thanks to Roger Fleming for suggesting this recipe.

Love Potions – Bloody Passion

Love Potions - Bloody Passion Cocktail

As Valentine’s Day approaches passions are burning and this seductive cocktail will help fan the flames.
The Bloody Passion Cocktail is featured in the chapter “Passion’s Promise” in the new Madtini book Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktails for Valentine’s Day available now at Amazon.

A mixture of Hpnotiq passion fruit liqueur, pineapple juice and a just a dash of grenadine give this drink a gorgeous colour and a lush fruity taste that’s sure to ignite your Valentine’s passions.

Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktail Recipes for Valentine's Day


Glass: Old Fashioned Glass
2 oz/60 ml Hpnotiq Liqueur
2 oz/60 ml Pineapple Juice
Dash of Grenadine
Mix the Hpnotiq, pineapple juice and a few splashes of grenadine in an ice filled highball glass.

Love Potions – Ball of Fire

Madtini Love Potions - Ball of FIre

If this cinnamony, spicy cocktail doesn’t set your passions on fire, we don’t know what will.
This spicy, hot Valentine’s Day cocktail is from the chapter “Spicing Things Up” in our new Madtini book Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktails For Valentine’s Day available at Amazon.

A mix of cinnamon schnapps, Southern Comfort, Tabasco Sauce and a cinnamon schnapps soaked cherry bring both spicy heat and southern sweet to the Ball of Fire. This will surely start the fires of love.

Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktail Recipes for Valentine's Day


Glass: Martini glass
1 oz/30 ml Southern Comfort
3 oz/90 ml Cinnamon Schnapps
1 dash Tabasco Sauce
1 Cherry

Soak cherry in 1 oz of Cinnamon Schnapps in bottom of a martini glass for 5 minutes. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over cherry.

Love Potions – Satin Sheets

Madtini Love Potions - Satin Sheets Cocktail 

Satin Sheets Cocktail is the first of the Valentine’s Day cocktails we’ve mixed up here at Madtini World Headquarters to celebrate not only Valentine’s Day, a day devoted to love, but also it’s the first of our featured Valentine’s Day cocktails from Madtini’s new book Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktails For Valentine’s Day now available at Amazon.

Satin Sheets is in the chapter “On Cloud 9″ from Love Potions – a chapter devoted to creamy, dreamy romantic cocktails. With a mixture of Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, Godiva Chocolate liqueur and milk served over ice – this chocolately cocktail is rich and delicious but is surprisingly not as sweet and heavy as you’d imagine.

Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktail Recipes for Valentine's Day


Glass: Old Fashioned Glass
1 oz/30 ml Kahlua
1 oz/30 ml Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz/30 ml Godiva Chocolate liqueur
3 oz/90 ml Milk
Mix Kahlua, Baileys and chocolate liqueurs into an ice filled old fashioned glass. Add milk to fill the glass. Garnish with shaved chocolate.