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.


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

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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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #4: Poinsettia Cocktail

Poinsettia Cocktail
The Poinsettia has become a symbol of Christmas throughout the world. Its association with the holiday began in 16th century Mexico, where the plant originates. The legend follows that a young girl too poor to provide a gift for Jesus’s birthday gathered what she thought were weeds alongside the road and placed them in front of the church altar. Soon the weeds transformed into beautiful crimson poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico have used the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern symbolized the Star of Bethlehem, and the crimson red colour represents the blood sacrifice of Jesus.


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


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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #5: Christmas Cane Martini

Christmas Cane MartiniWhile our tastes for cocktails tend to run to more simple drinks like an Old Fashioned or a Gin & Tonic, not including a cocktail made with candy canes in our list of 12 holiday drinks would seem incomplete.

The candy cane first appeared in mid-17th century in Europe.  Candy sticks were produced by confectioners in a time-intensive process of pulling, twisted and cutting the sugar sticks completely by hand. The cane shape is said to have originated by a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who bent the straight candy sticks into canes representing a shepherd’s hook and handed them out to children at church services.

This cocktail features a rim of crushed candy canes and a delicious combination of peppermint schnapps and creme de cacao.


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

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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #6: The Warhol Crush

Christmas Crush What do Andy Warhol and the Christmas holidays have in common? It turns out quite a bit actually. Andy illustrated and designed a gorgeous series of Christmas cards for Tiffany & Co. between 1956-62. In addition, Andy created a 33-minute film of Soren Agenoux’s play of Charles Dicken’s Christmas Carol in 1966.

Now that we have a solid connection made between Andy Warhol and the holidays, we can justifiably include the ‘Warhol Crush’ as one of our 12 Days of Madtini Cocktails. This drink was published in 2008 as part of Martini & Rossi’s ‘Factory Drinks’ campaign, revisiting the work that Andy Warhol did for the iconic Italian makers of vermouth  in the ’50s and ’60s. You can make a safe bet that we’ll be featuring the rest of these drinks on an upcoming Madtini post.


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


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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #7: The Grinch

The GrinchOne of the most eagerly awaited moments each holiday season is the annual airing of the Dr. Seuss classic ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘. Produced and directed by Chuck Jones, the animated show features the voice of horror movie legend Boris Karloff as the voice of the narrator and the Grinch.

The Grinch’s sour personality is tasted through the melon liqueur. The maraschino cherry represents his heart, which was ‘2 times too small’.


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

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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #8: Winter Whiteout

Winter WhiteoutCorby Distilleries has made Canada the first and only place you can enjoy new Malibu Snowflake rum this winter. The specially designed bottle has a cutaway reminiscent of a snow globe that reveals small flakes of coconut floating in the rum. To celebrate the launch the Toronto Institute of Bartending used Malibu Snowflake to mix up a few special cocktails like the Winter Whiteout.


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

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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #9: Snow-jito

Madtini Christmas Snow-JitoWe’re pretty sure that Ernest Hemingway never toasted the holiday season at the La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana with our version of the classic Mojito. But we’re sure he would have enjoyed one of Madtini’s Snow-jitos, made with a healthy pour of the limited edition Malibu Snowflake Rum. Even our testers were pleasantly surprised how well the flavours of coconut liqueur, rum, mint and lime came together.


  • 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

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.

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Adapted from the Taste of Cuba website

12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #10: S’Mores Delight

Christmas S'Mores Delight
The first record of the S’More appeared in 1927 in “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”. The dessert is made of a layer of chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers and roasted over an open fire or in the fireplace. The Food Network published this recipe and when we saw it we couldn’t stop ourselves from trying it out and sharing it with you.


  • 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

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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #11: Mexicocoa


Having recently been to the Toronto Tequila Tasting Show, we were only too happy to include this great tasting hot cocktail in our 12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails list. The recipe is adapted from the Food Network , where it appeared courtesy of Jill Davie, Chef de Cuisine at Los Angeles restaurant Josie.


  • 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


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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #12: The Three Wise Men

Three Wisemen

Our first drink of the holiday season comes from Jagermeister, the well-known German made apertif. The rich flavor of the herb and spices are followed by the cool taste of the peppermint schnapps.


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


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

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