5 Cocktails That Will Have Your Easter Party Hopping

Easter CocktailsToday was the annual Madtini Easter egg hunt here at the World Headquarters and Research Labs. Since the entire Madtini facility consists of 4 rooms the festivities lasted about 20 minutes and that includes 18 minutes of arguing over the rules. The winner was our new ice cube intern Wolfgang, who collected 35 chocolate eggs (we only hid 4??). However, Wolfgang gained the wrath of fellow competitors by constantly reminding everyone that the whole easter egg thing first began in his native Rhineland in the mid 18th century. Seriously, he wouldn’t shut up about.

So, as anyone knows there’s nothing like a solid holiday beat down to clear the air and make everyone feel a tad bit better about things. Wolfgang will no doubt recover and be back to his ice cube tray re-filling duties soon.

The rest of the Madtini gang is on duty and here are 5 cocktails that are sure to make your Easter egg hunt a heck of a lot more fun. May your long weekend be full of chocolate.

1 / White Rabbit

White Rabbit Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Baileys
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Half & Half

Preparation
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake then strain over ice cubes in an old fashioned glass.

2 / Blue Cottontail

Blue Cottontail

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce blue Curaçao
  • Flamed orange peel (for garnish)

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame an orange peel over the glass and add to the drink.

3 / Chocolate Caramel Easter Egg

Chocolate Caramel Easter Egg
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys Caramel
  • 1 1/2 oz crème de cacao
  • 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • Mini creme egg

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop a chocolate mini creme egg into the drink.

4 / Easter Bunny Cocktail

Chocolate Easter Bunny

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz brown creme de cacao
  • 1 tspn of cherry brandy
  • 1 tspn of chocolate syrup

Preparation
Combine the vodka and creme de cacao in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Carefully a teaspoon of chocolate syrup and cherry brandy. Don’t stir these in, just let them settle within the glass.

5 / Pink Bonnet

Pink Bonnet
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes crème de framboise
  • White of 1 small egg

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with no ice. Shake well to emulsify egg whites. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve.

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Bunny photos by LexnGer.

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.

Halloween Cocktails #6. The Mad Eye Martini

Mad Eye MadtiniOur Halloween version of the classic martini may get you a few puzzled looks around the party. The great thing about this cocktail is that your drink can stare right back at them.

Create your mad eyeball with a peeled radish and an olive stuffed with pimento, instructions are below.

Cheers and Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Gin
  • Splash of Dry vermouth
  • Radish and olive eyeball

Preparation
Peel the skin from a radish leaving traces of red to resemble veins. Carve out a hole in the radish big enough to place an olive into. Pour vermouth in to chilled cocktail glass

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I come from France: the Kir Madtini

Kir MartiniThe Kir cocktail is a popular appertif in France, it consists of 1/3 Creme de Cassis topped with 2/3 white wine. We found a recipe that uses Gin to create a Martini version of the traditional drink. This was our introduction to Creme de Cassis, the liqueur made from the black currant berry.

And now for the history lesson…

The Kir is named after Cannon Félix Kir, a priest who became a hero of the French resistance during World War II. He enjoyed the local white wines combined with Creme de Cassis. He was also mayor of Dijon from 1945 to 1968 and the the Kir became the official apertif at town hall receptions. The drink had previously been known as ‘vin blanc cassis’, but thanks to Cannon Félix Kir the drink became known as Kir.

Ingredients

  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 oz creme de cassis

Preparation

Combine gin, dry vermouth and creme de cassis in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass.

cheers… à votre santé!

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Gin Basil Smash

Gin Basil Smash

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • basil leaves

Preparation
Muddle basil and simple syrup together in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, the gin and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh basil sprig and a slice of lemon peel.

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Cucumber Basil Gin Cocktail

Cucumber Basil Gin Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz of agave nectar

Preparation

Slice 3 slices of cucumber. Muddle the cucumber slices, basil, lime juice and agave nectar in the cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a long slice of cucumber and a basil leave.

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