8 Maple Syrup Cocktails That Will Tap Your Taste Buds

Maple Syrup CocktailsWinter is finally on the run and spring is well… springing. That means that the sap is running in the sugar maple woods of the Northeast and it’s time to think about heading to the sugar shack for a fresh supply of maple syrup for our pancakes, waffles and of course cocktails.

The drink experts here at Madtini have assembled a collection of 8 of their favorite maple syrup sweetened cocktails.

1. Maple Manhattan

Maple Manhattan Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry on a pick for a garnish.

2. No’Easter

Nor'easter Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • splash of Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add a splash of ginger beer on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

3. Maple Leaf Cocktail

Maple Leaf Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

4. Kicking Cow Cocktail

Kicking Cow Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1 oz light cream
  • 1 oz pure maple syrup
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cinnamon stick to garnish.

5. Old Fashioned Canadian

The Canadian
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • crispy bacon

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and 2 dashes of bitters, stir to mix. Add ice cubes and rye whiskey Add a crispy strip of Canadian bacon to garnish.

6. Filibuster Cocktail

Filibuster Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 egg white
  • lemon twist

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a twist of lemon to garnish.

7. Maple Syrup Martini

Maple Syrup Martini
Ingredients

Preparation
Add the vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass, add ice and stir well. Pour out half the liquid and add bourbon and maple syrup. Shake well, the strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

8. Maple Kiss

Maple Kiss
Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a fresh raspberry as garnish.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: the Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101I’m not naming names or pointing fingers here at Madtini Labs today, but I’m pretty sure someone had replaced all of my jeans with exact duplicate pants that are 1-2 sizes smaller. While that investigation goes on and another turkey sandwich is consumed, we’re going to do something about the Wild Turkey leftovers.

We’re going to keep it simple, bourbon on the rocks, but fancy it up a bit with a couple of fresh cranberries skewered onto a rosemary sprig.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Rosemary Sprig
  • Cranberries

Preparation
Skewer several fresh cranberries onto a sprig of rosemary. Pour Wild Turkey Bourbon over ice in a rocks glass.

Others Thanksgiving cocktails:

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4 Delicious Thanksgiving Madtini Cocktails

It's a Madtini Thanksgiving
While the glorious warm weather this weekend certainly seems like summer, one look at the calendar, and one deep sniff of the air tells us that’s its Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. The turkey is almost ready, the vegetables are cooking and the Thanksgiving cocktails are on the table at Madtini Intoxicology Labs. Here are four of our favorites.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving from Madtini!

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Madtini Thanksgiving – The Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot CocktailThe question of the day is, ‘Do Turkeys Trot?’ The only thing I’ve ever see turkeys do is wander around aimlessly, completely oblivious to their ultimate fate. Just to clarify what a Turkey Trot really is, it was one of the most popular ragtime music dances of 1900-1910. Although maybe after a few of these you may be looking at getting your trot-on.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 oz 7-Up or Sprite
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • fresh cranberries

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sprite and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then strain into the cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries.

Other Thanksgiving cocktails:

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Madtini Thanksgiving – The Burnt Turkey

Burnt TurkeyThis might be the only time you’ll want to invite your guests to imbibe in Burnt Turkey on Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 oz Goldschälger Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves

Preparation
Fill a chilled glass with crushed ice and 8-10 fresh mint leaves. Combine the bourbon and cinnamon schnapps in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain over ice.

Others Thanksgiving cocktails:

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Speak… I mean Drink like a Pirate Day with the Madtini Crew


“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest — Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Well, shiver me timbers it looks like it’s “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” again already. It seems just yesterday that I was annoying friends, colleagues and strangers with pirate-ish expressions such as “Arrrrrrrrrr we having fun yet?” or “No, that’s not my wooden leg, its just the ways my pants are cut.”  Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 1995 by two non-pirates John Baur, a.k.a. Ol’ Chumbucket and his pirate-in-crime Mark Summers a.k.a. Cap’n Slappy in Albany, Oregon. It grew over the next few years, thanks to media mentions and websites featuring Pirate-Name Generators and Pirate Translators. By the way, my Pirate name came out as Pirate Argus the Pink.

In the spirit of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” we’re going to drink like pirates. . . which basically means we’re going to drink spiced rum, sport eye patches and bandanas and well, basically, annoy the neighbours.

Here are six Pirate Day drinks that may just shiver your timbers. And remember guys, always pillage responsibly.

So as Blackbeard said – “Damn ye, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, I’m a better man than all of ye milksops put together” – which I think means ‘Thanks I’ll have another”… or maybe not.

Note: We used Sailor Jerry as the spiced rum for these drinks, for the image, the taste and the whole story behind the brand.

Cheers, and glad you could join us for fancy drinks for pirates. See you next year!

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Drink like a Pirate Day: Minty Pirate Skull

Minty Pirate SkullIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bourbon
  • mint leaves

Preparation

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the ingredients like a ship tossed on the sea for 6-7 seconds, strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a dozen Spanish gold dubloons… or a few mint leaves, depending on what you have laying around the galleon.

Cheers, ye scurvy dog!

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Old Fashioned Southside Shuffle

Old Fashioned Southside ShuffleEvery September music fans from all over this area of Ontario Flip, Flop & Fly to Port Credit’s Southside Shuffle (hat tip to the Downchild Blues Band) to hear the best of blues, R&B and rock’n roll. This year we’ll get to see and hear performances from blues and rock legends such as Ronnie Hawkins, Elvis Bishop, Dr. Hook and Johnny Winter.

Madtini will be headed to as many of the shows as possible this weekend, and to get us in the right frame of mind we’re going to mix up a couple of classic cocktails with a tablespoon of maple syrup for Canadian content.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • tbsp of maple syrup

Preparation

In a rocks glass muddle the water, bitters and maple syrup. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour in the bourbon. Add a slice of lemon.

Kentucky Margarita – Cinco de Mayo Bourbon Bonus!

Kentucky Margarita

Kentucky Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Well, its no surprise that we eventually ran out of tequila after making upall those delicious Margaritas. Well it turned out that we still had plenty of Jim Beam Bourbon left from Saturdays Derby Day Mint Juleps. A quick click to the Jim Beam website and we found several drink recipes. We decided that the Kentucky Margarita was a natural choice to finish of the day. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • splash triple sec
  • splash sour mix
  • lime wedge

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lime and then turn the glass upside down in a small plate with a sprinkling of coarse salt. Combine 3 oz of Jim beam Bourbon and a splash of Triple Sec in a cocktail shake with several ice cubes. Shake and then strain into the martini glass and serve with a wedge of lime.