Blueberry Basil Gin Cocktail

Blueberry Basil Gin Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup
  • twist of lime

Preparation

Muddle the blueberries, basil, lime juice and simple syrup in the cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop in a dozen blueberries and garnish with a twist of lime and a basil leaf.

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Kiwi Basil Gin Cocktail

Kiwi Basil Gin Cocktail Ingredients

  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup

Preparation

Muddle the kiwi, basil, lime juice and simple syrup in the cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of kiwi and a basil leave.

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Strawberry-Basil Gin Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail Ingredients

  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup

Preparation

Muddle the strawberries, basil and simple syrup in the cocktail shaker. Add 3 cubes of ice, the rest of the ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glasses and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

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Not just a great song by the Clash… London’s Burning!

London's BurningNeed something to heat up your Saturday night? We had purchased jalapenos last week and were thinking of a few ways we could use these in a drink. A quick web search brought up a few interesting possibilities including the London’s Burning, a mix of muddled lime, avocado and jalapenos.

The cocktail was invented by Anthony Go, a bartender at Mahi Mah’s Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Saloon in Virginia Beach, WV. If you’re in that neighborhood, drop by and have the real thing.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz of London Dry Gin
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 avocado
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

Preparation

Muddle the juice of half a lime, slices from half a jalapeno and 1/4 avocado pulp to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and gin, shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the other half of the jalapeno.

Cheers, and here’s the Clash!

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The Cucumber-Rosemary Gin & Tonic = awesomeness

Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic

Cucumber Rosemary Gin & Tonic

We never get tired of checking out the Apartment Therapy blog, there are always great articles on home decor, entertaining and of course, cocktails. Today’s cocktail the Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic is taken from their Kitchn section. The fresh blast of rosemary flavor and the cool cucumber mix well with the lime, gin and tonic. A sprig of rosemary garnish is all class!

‘Til next time Madtini fans, cheers and happy lounging.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Hendricks Gin
  • 4 oz Tonic
  • juice of half a lime
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • slices of cucumber

Preparation

Muddle two slices of cucumber, sprig of rosemary and juice of half a lime in a cocktail shaker. Add cubes of ice, pour gin over ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Add two slices of cucumber and a sprig of rosemary to garnish.

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Pretty in Pink… Watermelon Gin Fizz

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Few things helped to beat the summer heat when we were kids than slices of delicious watermelon. The summer heat and humidity seems relentless this year, so we thought it would be a great idea to pick up some watermelon. As we returned to Madtini headquarters we began thinking about what kind of cocktails we could make using watermelon, and the search was on.

We found this great recipe by Donna Diegel from Providence, R.I. on examiner.com. While the preparation seemed a bit daunting at first, our intoxicology crew sprang into action cutting up watermelon to get this drink started. After a few minutes of blending, straining, mixing we had a table full of these tasty and refreshing drinks.

Ingredients (makes 4-6-ish)

  • 1 1/2 cups of gin
  • 2 cups strained watermelon juice
  • 10 mint leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 cups simple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
  • Club soda

Preparation

Cut up 1/2 small seedless watermelon (removing rind). Drop into a blender with the simple syrup and 10 chopped up mint leaves. Blend, then strain through two sheets of paper towel places in the bottom of a colander. Squeeze the paper towel to get the rest of the juice through. Add the juice of one lemon and chill in the freezer until its cold.

Serve over ice with chilled gin, add club soda and garnish with a sprig or mint and a wedge of watermelon.

Cheers and happy Saturday chilling!

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Welcome back Mad Men – the Disaronno Martini

Disaronno Martini

Disaronno Martini

Last August we started Madtini as a way to celebrate our love of Mad Men and 60s cocktail culture, and our Labs intoxicologists enjoyed mixing up classic drink recipes throughout Season 3. Tonight, we’ll see the rise of the new agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce – and catch up with Don, Roger, Peggy, Pete, Joan and the rest of the gang.

We’re celebrating the Season 4 premiere with a martini with an Italian twist. We’re bringing Scotland and Italy together, using equal parts Hendrick’s Gin and Disaronno Amaretto to create a explosion of decadent flavours.

Cheers and enjoy tonight’s premiere.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • 2 oz Disaronno Amaretto

Preparation

Add equal parts Gin and Amaretto to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir, do not shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist or orange peel.

Fresh and delicious – The Beefeater Collins

Beefeater Collins with Coriander Leaves

Beefeater Collins

Two weeks ago, Madtini attended the Toronto Drinks Show, one of the freshest drink, a Beefeater Collins, came from the mixologists at the Beefeater booth. A typical Tom Collins, made with Beefeater 24 Gin and freshened up with a handful or torn coriander leaves. Beefeater is distilled from the neutral spirits with juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peels, angelica, liquorice, almond and orris root. So, pumping up the coriander is only going to enhance the flavours and bring even more freshness to the drink.

And yes I was curious to the origin of the term Beefeater too. The name is likely to come from the ration of beef (as well as veal and mutton) that were provided to the Yoeman Wardens, the guards of the British Royal Palace and the Tower of London. Sounds rational enough, so we’ll go with that.

The Beefeater Collins is a perfect drink for relaxing in a shady spot on the back porch or balcony and figuring out what the clouds overhead look like. There’s an elephant, a unicorn and hmmm… that one looks like Abe Vigoda. (and yes, he’s still alive)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Club Soda
  • Fresh Coriander

Preparation
Tear up a handful of fresh coriander leaves and drop into bottom of glass. Fill up the glass with ice, add Gin and lemon juice. Top with Club Soda and a few wedges of lemon.

Cheers and have a great sunny, happy, lazy Saturday from Madtini!

It is the Most Important Meal of the Day – the Breakfast Martini!

The Breakfast Martini

The Breakfast Martini

Dear neighbour, I understand you are a keener, but seriously who starts mowing the lawn at 7:30 am anyways – the only thing missing is a leafblower, but I guess I’ll have to wait til fall for that pleasure.

OK, now that I’ve got that off my chest its time to make a drink and ease into the real weekend. To me it all begins when you wake up on Saturday morning, the less plans you have the better. Friday night you’re still shaking off the reality of the week, Saturday is a day full of opportunities, anything could happen if you’re playing it right.

So, with that in mind we present the Hendricks Breakfest Martini – yummy Orange Marmalade mixed with Triple Sec and one of the most delicious Gins out there, Hendricks. Cheers, it’ll make you forget you forgot to pick up bacon.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Hendricks Gin
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/4 oz dash of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp orange marmalade
  • Toast

Preparation
Add 1 tsp of orange marmalade to the gin in a cocktail shaker, stir until it mostly dissolves. Add triple sec, lemon juice and 3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Add small triangles of buttered toast with orange marmalade. Whistle for rover to bring in the Saturday paper, loosen the bathrobe a bit, then sit back and enjoy.

Maybe make a second one and take it over to the neighbour. What’s the worst that could happen?

Life is a Grind – The Black Pepper Madtini

Black Pepper Martini

Black Pepper Martini

We’re huge pepper fans here at Madtini Labs and when one of our Lab Intoxicologists saw this recipe on Chow.com for a Black Pepper Martini, we knew we had to try it. Its the not the type of drink you can turn around in a few minutes so make sure you have enough time in advance to make the syrup. The taste comes through as sophisticated with a warm peppery aftertaste. Highly recommended.

Cheers and happy Sunday from Madtini Labs!

Black Pepper Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz dry Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Black Peppercorn Syrup (recipe below)

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir with a spoon, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Black Peppercorn Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbspn whole peppercorns
  • 1 tbspn cracked peppercorns

Preparation

  • Combine the water, sugar and peppercorns in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes
  • Let the mixture cool to room temperature
  • Store in a sealed container. Can last 2-4 weeks