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

BLOODY PASSION COCKTAIL

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 – 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

SATIN SHEETS COCKTAIL

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.

Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktails for Valentine's Day

Madtini’s first ebook is Love Potions: 50 Cupid Approved Cocktails for Valentine’s Day.

When we think of love and romance many things come to mind. A crush. A first kiss. Flirtation. Hot passions. We’ve tried to cover all of the bases and with 50 romantic cocktails to choose from, love is in the air…

In our first chapter, Good Flirtations, we think about the early stages of love with drinks like “Love’s First Kiss”, “A Grand Crush” and “Valentine’s Kiss”.
The next chapter, On Cloud 9, is full of creamy, dreamy sweet cocktails such as “Kiss Me All Over”, “Angel’s Lips” and “P.S. I Love You”. Followed by chapter three, Passion’s Promises, with heady cocktails such as “Adrenaline Rush”, “Between the Sheets” and “Seduction on the Rocks”.

In chapter four, Spicing Things Up, we put a little fire into things with spicy cocktails such as “Flaming Heart”, “Hot Tamale” and “Sinful Cinntini”. And our final chapter, Hot & Steamy, has a selection of hot cocktails such as “Hot Minty Kiss”, “Hot Buttered Love” and “Winter Passion” to warm your heart.

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Liquid Breakfast – the French Toast Martini

French Toast Martini
If I remember my Sunday School lessons right, (and there’s no guarantee of that) on the seventh day god rested, but just before he did that he created the all-day breakfast. If you’re in Toronto and its 3:30am and you’re just heading home from an evening’s debauchery – or, you’re a local wannabe rockstar or amateur intoxicologist waking up at 4pm in the afternoon – the first place you’re taking your ravenous appetite to is Fran’s Restaurant.

Fran’s started out nearly 70 years ago in Buffalo, NY by Francis Deck and his older brother Greg. (yes Virginia, Fran is a dude). Greg was running a chain of nearly 50 Deco Restaurants just in the Buffalo area alone. Fran and his wife Ellen started to open Deco Restaurants outside of Buffalo, including one at Toronto’s Yonge & St. Clair in 1940 that became the original Fran’s. The restaurant has since become an institution in Toronto, and the term ‘meet you at Fran’s’ is a commonly mumbled phrase among the late night party crowd.

My favorite meal at Fran’s has to be the French Toast (here’s Fran’s menu). Made with thick slices of bread and dusted with cinnamon and/or icing sugar – and of course ordered with a side of peameal bacon. During the holidays this year it seems that the Madtini crew is waking up a bit later everyday, so we decided to see if we could come up with something that tasted close to French Toast, but in its liquorious form. We did find a drink online at 1001 Cocktails and it turned out to come pretty close. The addition of cinnamon and icing sugar topped the drink off nicely. Now if we can just figure out how to add bacon.

Cheers and Happy Holidays from Madtini.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys
  • 1 1/2 oz Goldschläger
  • 1 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of Icing Sugar

Preparation
Add the Baileys, Goldschläger and Butterscotch Schnapps in a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake several times to combine the liquids, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a pinch of cinnamon and icing sugar. I hope you made two or you’re unlikely to be very popular with your house guests.

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Note to the purists: we know we are playing fast and loose with the term Martini these days. We can assure you we know that the classic gin and olive martini will always be our favorite.

A Boxing Day Treat – The Wildberry Snowjito

Wildberry SnowjitoIt’s boxing day here at Madtini Labs, and everyone is kicking back after the rush and craziness of Christmas and the pre-holiday shopathon and party season. We have all the discount electronics we can use so we are staying away from the sales and enjoying these Wildberry Snowjitos made with Malibu Snowflake Rum.

If you missed it we used Malibu Snowflake Rum for 2 of our 12 Days of Madtini Cocktails; the Snowjito and the Winter Whiteout.

Ingredients

  • 8 blueberries
  • 6 raspberries
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 3 wedges of lime
  • tsp of sugar
  • 2 oz Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 3 oz Club Soda

Preparation
Muddle the blueberries, raspberries, lime wedges, sugar and mint leaves in the bottom of a high ball glass. Fill glass with ice cubes and pour in Malibu Snowflake Rum and Club Soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Drink adapted from a Micah Dew (askmybartender.com) article in the Edmonton Journal.

A Madtini Night Out: a Gin & TRONic and the UltraAVX Experience

Gin & TRONicLast Friday Cineplex Canada & Cloud Agents invited the Madtini crew (and most of the Toronto digital community) out for a screening of TRON at the new UltraAVX theatre at brand-spanking new Scotiabank Theatre at the corner John & Richmond in Toronto. The evening started out with TRON-themed cocktails and snacks in the lounge. We were greeted with a table of Green TRON-themed cocktails which we helped ourselves to. Before you knew it we were ushered to our seats along with free popcorn and drink.

The theatre features a wall-to-wall screen, advanced sound system, large rocker seats and our favorite feature; reserved seating. Being able to reserve a seat in advance takes a lot of the stress out of searching for a seat or arriving early to beat the crowd. It would also minimize the “Is that seat taken?” questions or lost couples searching for their partners with whispers of “Honey?” in the dark theatre after a mid-movie washroom break.

The TRON movie may have suffered a bit in the acting and story department (as did the original) – but the pumping soundtrack produced by Daft Punk and stunning 3D visuals made up for any shortcomings.

Later that night (after coming home from another party) we served ourselves a tribute drink, the Gin & TRONic. A slight twist on the popular cocktail usually served with a wedge and squeeze of lime. We gingerly cut ourselves a long twist of the lemon skin to represent the yellow trails of the light cycles.

Gin & TRONic

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • 3 oz Schweppes Gin & Tonic
  • A very, very long slice of lemon zest (to represent the light cycle trails)

Preparation
Slice out a very long piece of lemon zest. Best idea is to use a lemon zester, I sliced in circles around the lemon and then peeled away the extra inner layer. Add ice cubes to a rocks glass, then pour the gin and tonic over the ice. Stir gently and serve.

Madtini’s 12 Days of Holiday Cocktails

12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails
This is our second ‘Madtini 12 Days of Cocktails’ list. It’s been a fun challenge finding new and interesting drinks to share. We hope all of the Madtini readers have a safe and happy holidays. Remember to enjoy your drinks in moderation, and never drink and drive. Have a sober friend drive you home, take a cab, transit or stay over.

Merry Christmas from the entire Madtini Labs crew, even Manuel our unpaid olive-pitting intern who is still recovering from a recent garnishing incident gone horribly wrong. Our best wishes are with his family at this difficult time. (and yes, we are kidding – Manuel is just fine and has been deservingly promoted to Junior Ice Management Technician… still unpaid) ; )

1. Christmas Cosmo

Christmas Cosmo
Ingredients

  • 2 oz rosemary infused vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • rosemary sprig
  • frozen cranberries

Preparation
Chop up a few sprigs of rosemary and add them to your vodka for a few days. Add the rosemary vodka, cointreau and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake a few times and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Spear a few cranberries with a rosemary sprig and then float it on top of the drink.

2. Very Berry Xmas

Very Berry Xmas
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Preparation
Combine the raspberry vodka, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add 3-4 raspberries as a garnish.

3. Eggnog Martini

Eggnog Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz eggnog
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon

Preparation
Combine the eggnog, vodka and amaretto in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon on top and serve.

4. Poinsettia Cocktail

Poinsettia Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz prosecco
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 strips orange zest

Directions
Combine prosecco, vodka and cranberry juice in a large-stemmed wine glass. Add the crushed ice and stir gently as the mixture becomes completely chilled. Drop in the strips of orange and serve to your eager guests.

5. Candy Cane Martini

Candy Cane Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 oz  light cream
  • crushed candy canes

Preparation
Crush a candy cane into a fine dust. Wet the rim of the glass with peppermint schnapps, drip it into the crushed candy cane dust and place in the freezer to chill. Combine the peppermint schnapps, vodka, creme de cacao and light cream in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake a few times and strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a candy cane and serve.

6. The Warhol Crush

Warhol Crush
Ingredients

  • 12 fresh rosemary needles
  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
  • 2 oz cranberry juice

Preparation
Strip off a dozen rosemary needles and add them to the bottom a mixing glass with the raspberries and simple syrup. Muddle the items gently. Add ice, then add vermouth and cranberry juice. Shake the ingredients, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three raspberries speared by a rosemary sprig.

7. The Grinch

The Grinch

Ingredients

  • 3 oz of Melon Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 Maraschino cherry

Preparation
Add the melon liqueur, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain and serve. Add a maraschino cherry as a garnish representing the Grinch’s shrunken heart.

8. Winter Whiteout

Winter Whiteout
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 2 oz of White Cranberry Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Twist of Lemon

Preparation
Fill a highball glass full of ice. Add the Malibu Snowflake Rum, white cranberry juice and club soda; stir. Add a twist of lemon as a garnish and serve with a smile.

9. Snow-jito

Snow-jito
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz of Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 3 oz of club soda
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp of sugar

Preparation
Muddle 4 mint leaves, lime juice and sugar in the bottom of a high ball glass. Add ice, rum and club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

10. S’Mores Delight

S'Mores Delight
Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Baileys
  • Toasted marshmallows

Preparation
Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of a cocktail glass and then place the glass in the freezer to chill.

Combine the creamy peanut butter and chocolate syrup together in a glass, stir in the Kahlua until the mixture is well blended. Continue to stir in the vodka, dark rum and Baileys. Add the mixture to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well until the mixture is chilled. Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass. Roast two marshmallows over a flame and then add to the drink and serve.

11. Mexicocoa

Mexicocoa
Ingredients

  • 1 oz. blanco tequila
  • 6 oz. Baileys
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Splash of agave nectar
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon stick

Preparation
Add cocoa powder, chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a saucepan on low heat. Stir lightly for a few minutes until you can begin to smell the roasting spices in the air. Using a wooden spoon, slowly add the Baileys. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer. Next, stir in the agave nectar and then remove from the heat. Rim your mug or cocktail glass by dipping it into a saucer of agave nectar and then into a saucer of paprika. Add the tequila, then the hot cocoa and Baileys mixture. Stir with a cinnamon stick and then serve.

12. The Three Wise Men

Three Wisemen
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Jagermeister
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

Preparation
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir, then pour into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #1: Christmas Cosmo

Christmas Cosmo The Cosmopolitan originated in the 1970s in either Provincetown, MA, Minneapolis, or San Fancisco, depending on who you are talking to at the time. But no one can argue that its popularity really exploded during the glory days of ‘Sex & the City’. This holiday version of the ‘Cosmo’ adds the taste of rosemary to the equation. Add a few cranberries and this drink is ready to for any ‘sophistimacated’ Christmas celebration.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz rosemary infused vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • rosemary sprig
  • frozen cranberries

Preparation
Chop up a few sprigs of rosemary and add them to your vodka for a few days. Add the rosemary vodka, cointreau and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake a few times and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Spear a few cranberries with a rosemary sprig and then float it on top of the drink.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #2: Very Berry Xmas

Very Berry ChristmasEveryone loves the sweet taste of raspberries at any time of year. This recipe comes from the 2010 LCBO Holiday Cocktail selection and provides a great opportunity to use raspberries in a delicious holiday-looking drink. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Preparation
Combine the raspberry vodka, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add 3-4 raspberries as a garnish.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #3: Eggnog Martini

Eggnog MartiniThere are arguments over the origins of this iconic holiday drink. Some claim it was born in medieval England from a hot drink served in a carved wooden mug called a ‘noggin’. Another theory is that it came from ‘egg and grog’ a common drink during Colonial times made from milk and rum. Wherever it originated, it has become a staple of holiday celebrations ever since. This version is made with vodka and amaretto, giving it a hint of almond taste. Add a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon for a celebration of spicy holiday aromas.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz eggnog
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon

Preparation
Combine the eggnog, vodka and amaretto in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon on top and serve.

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