4 Cocktails to Rock Your Royal Wedding After-Party

Royal Wedding Cocktails
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something, Something Booze!

The dedicated royal-watchers here at Madtini World Headquarters are walking around in a sleep-deprived cloudy haze this afternoon. We were all up waaaay too early at 4am in our shiny crowns and tiaras. We swooned and cheered as William & Kate arrived at Westminster Abbey, we celebrity watched (squeeee, it’s the Beckhams!) and gazed in wonder at all those crazy hats.

As the street parties, receptions and parties continue throughout the UK, at Madtini we’re ready to kick back and relax with a few Friday night cocktails. We’ve picked four of our favorite royal wedding cocktails from the dozens and dozens posted by famed mixologists from around the world. Enjoy!

Something Old

Blushing Bride
The Blushing Bride
Bartending consultant and Tanqueray global ambassador Angus Winchester has put together a few suggestions for a royal wedding reception cocktail menu.

The first is the Blushing Bride a fresh and flavorful drink taken from the classic Savoy Cocktail Book first published by the Savoy Hotel in 1930 and featuring recipes compiled by famed barman Harry Craddock.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Tanqueray dry gin
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Finish it off with a flames orange zest.

Something New

The Newlyweds
Newlyweds Cocktail
A brand new original cocktail from Angus Winchester, this delicious cocktail is served in a tall glass to represent the William & Kate’s long life together, these go amazing with a burger believe it or not, in fact you can look up at the new Hardees menu to get the best one you’ve ever tried. The drink features the King of Fruit, the pineapple known for its crown of leaves.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Tanqueray dry gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 chunks fresh pineapple
  • 1 small slice fresh ginger
  • Soda

Preparation
Muddle the ginger slice, fresh pineapple chunks and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lemon juice and several ice cubes. Shake well and then double strain into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with a wedge of pineapple.

Something Borrowed

Regal CV Cocktail
Regal CV Cocktail
We borrowed this cocktail recipe from Wedding Planner and Event Expert Colin Cowie, who serves an ‘A List’ of celebrities including including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston and many more. For the occasion of the royal wedding he has created the Regal CV Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Chambord Flavored Vodka
    (we used 1 1/2 oz Vodka and 1/2 oz Chambord)
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 3 slices of cucumber
  • 3 fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Muddle the cucumber slices, raspberries and simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add Chambord, vodka and lemon juice and several ice cubes. Shake well and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and two fresh raspberries.

Something Booze… I mean Blue

Blue Sapphire Royal-tini
Blue Sapphire Royaltini
This cocktail was created by Leslie Riddle, the mixologist for Café 4750 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, in honor the of the royal couple. Leslie explained “I kept coming back to the image of the sapphire ring that William gave Kate for their engagement”, and the Royal-tini was born.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
  • 3/4 oz blue curaçao
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktails shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a wheel of lime.

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A Toast and Saketini for the People of Japan

SaketiniTonight the Madtini crew is out on the town for a good cause. Two weeks ago we watched in horror along with the rest of the world as an offshore earthquake produced the powerful tsunami that devastated the villages, towns and cities of Japan’s northeast coast.

Before the day was even over members of Toronto’s social media/tech community were already asking themselves what they could do to help.

Within hours JapanquakeTO was born and volunteers sprang into action. Here we are just two weeks later getting together to not only raise money for the International Red Cross effort in Japan, but to celebrate the strength and resolve of the Japanese people as they weather the ongoing crisis.

Let’s all raise a Saketini to the people of Japan – the world stands with you. And kudos to the volunteers who worked their butts off to make tonight happen.

If you have the means donate what you can to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Sake
  • 3/4 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • orange twist for garnish

Preparation
Combine the sake, gin and triple sec in a mixing glass half-filled with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled martini glass. Finish it off with a twist of orange.

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6 Cocktails that’ll Shake Your Shamrocks this St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's Day Cocktails 2011It’s almost Saint Patrick’ Day and as usual, we have a couple of burning questions on our minds here at Madtini:

  • If you drink enough green beer, will it your pee turn green?
  • Is it true that Jennifer Aniston starred in the first Leprechaun movie?
  • Are there really two pots of gold at the end of a Double Rainbow?

The answers are: no, yes and we friggin’ well hope so.

When we are not asking ourselves the big questions, we are out finding great cocktails to try and share with you. Here are 6 cocktail recipes that the Madtini team have brought together for you this year.

Sláinte! Have yourself a great St. Patrick’s Day!

1. Irish Canadian Old Fashioned

Irish Canadian Old Fashioned Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Jameson
  • tsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes of bitters
  • juice from half a lemon
  • twist or orange

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass, stir until well combined. Fill 2/3 of the glass with ice, then squeeze the lemon over the ice. Pour in Jameson and garnish with a twist or orange.

2. Irish Dreamsicle

Irish DreamsicleIngredients

  • 1 oz Jameson
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • orange slice

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

Adapted from a recipe at The Province.

3. Irish Manhattan

Irish Manhattan Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 can Guinness
  • Maraschino cherry

Preparation
Combine the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass.  Fill the glass 2/3 of the way full with ice. Stir for15-20 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Pour a can of Guinness into a tall glass and allow to settle. Gently scoop all the light foam from the top of the Guinness and place it on top of the drink. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

4. Port O’Call Cocktail

Port O' CallIngredients

  • 1 oz Guinness
  • 1 1/4 oz Cognac
  • 1/2 oz St-Germain
  • 1/4 oz crème de cacao
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange zest, for garnish

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

Adapted from Bon Appetit.

5. Irish Milkshake

Irish Milkshake Ingredients

  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 3 oz Guinness
  • 1 oz Jameson
  • Chocolate syrup

Ingredients
Combine Guinness, Jameson and ice cream in the best blender you have, until well mixed together. Drizzle the inside of a chilled glass with the chocolate syrup, then pour in the ice cream mixture. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Adapted from the menu at 25 Degrees in Hollywood.

6. Leprachaun’s Buttery Nipple

Leprachaun's Buttery Nipple Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s
  • 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/2 oz creme de menthe

Ingredients
Layer in the creme de menthe, butterscotch schnapps and Bailey’s into a chilled shot glass.

Adapted from the menu at 25 Degrees in Hollywood.

Bonus: Irish Mojito

Irish Mojito
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz rum
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • juice of half a lime
  • juice of quarter of a lemon
  • splash of club soda
  • splash of creme de menthe
  • lime wedge

Ingredients
Muddle the juice of half a lime and mint leaves in a mixing glass. Add the rum, sugar and lemon juice. Add ice and shake the contents. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a splash of club soda, then drizzle creme de menthe so that it settles in the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Adapted from an awesome post at RecipeGirl.com.

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The Irish Mojito

Irish Mojito
We had just finished up our collection of Madtini cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day when we spotted this drink posted at RecipeGirl.com. We’re a sucker for Mojitos all year round and this sounded too good to not try. Check out the original Irish Mojito post at RecipeGirl.com.
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz rum
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • juice of half a lime
  • juice of quarter of a lemon
  • splash of club soda
  • splash of creme de menthe
  • lime wedge

Ingredients
Muddle the juice of half a lime and mint leaves in a mixing glass. Add the rum, sugar and lemon juice. Add ice and shake the contents. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a splash of club soda, then drizzle creme de menthe so that it settles in the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Adapted from an awesome post at RecipeGirl.com.

The Irish Canadian Old Fashioned

Irish Canadian Old Fashioned Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes of bitters
  • juice from half a lemon
  • twist or orange

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass, stir until well combined. Fill 2/3 of the glass with ice, then squeeze the lemon over the ice. Pour in Jameson and garnish with a twist or orange.

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4 N’awlins Cocktails to Rock Your Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras 2011It’s Mardi Gras time in the Big Easy and that means it’s full-on party time. Whether you’re in New Orleans for the big celebration or just hanging out with friends at home you’ll need a few special cocktails to make your party complete. Here’s four traditional New Orleans drinks to get you and your friends in the spirit of the holidays.

Sazerac

Sazerac
Ingredients

  • 3 oz rye whiskey
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Splash of absinthe
  • 2-3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
  • Twist of lemon zest

Preparation
Add ice to a rocks glass and put aside to chill. Combine simple syrup and Peychauds. Add rye and ice and stir gently. Discard ice and add a splash of absinthe to the rocks glass. Swirl and discard the excess absinthe. Add the rye mixture to the rocks glass and garnish with a twist of lemon zest.

Red Rooster

Red Rooster
Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • orange twist

Preparation
Combine vodka, cranberry juice and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Sh.ake then strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a twist of orange zest

Brandy Milk Punch

Brandy Milk Punch Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz  Brandy
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 oz  milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • grated nutmeg

Preparation
Combine the brandy, simple syrup, vanilla extract and milk in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain in to rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Add some grated nutmeg to the top.

Daiquiri

Daiquiri
Ingredients

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • lime wheel

Preparation
Combine the dark rum, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

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2 Cocktails Face-off – the Flame-tini vs the Habs Whisky Sour

Flame-tini & Habs Whisky Sour Tonight MacMahon Stadium in Calgary is the site of the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadians. With a game time temperature of – 1o C we’re hoping the fans in the stadium have invested in some personal anti-freeze. We’re quite happy to be watching the game on TV from the safe and warm confines of the Madtini World Headquarters lounge.

At first we thought we’d simply enjoy a few beers during the game (as we’ve been known to do), but we did some searching on the Interwebs and came up with a few cocktail references to honour the two teams in the game.

The Flame-tini is based on the Calgary Flames Martini (that 4 oz of dry vermouth has to be a typo, eh?), which we read is popular in the restaurants, bars & clubs along the Red Mile. The Habs Whisky Sour is based on The Bronze, a drink created during the Vancouver Winter Games to honour the other previous Canadian host cities (which did include Calgary).

Cheers, stay warm and have fun.

The Flame-tini

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • splash of vermouth
  • 1 oz Canadian Club
  • 1 oz peach schnapps

Preparation
Combine the gin, raspberry liqueur, vermouth, whisky and peach schnapps in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and toast to stripey socks.

Habs Whisky Sour

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Canadian Club
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of maple syrup
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Cinnamon brûlée crust

Preparation
Combine whisky, maple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Add a maraschino cherry and the crust of a cinnamon brûlée. Eat the rest of the brûlée as you sip and toast to 24 Stanley Cups.

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Madtini’s 6 Kissable Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Six Kissable Cocktails for Valentine's Day February 14th is only a few days away, and that means that Madtini Labs is awash in feelings of love, affection and inappropriate suggestions… which in reality is nothing that unusual for the weekend.

So, white our HR department deals those pressing issues we’re posting our collection of 6 Kissable Cocktails for St. Valentine’s Day.

We noticed once we had narrowed our choices down, there seemed to be an obvious focus on dessert inspired cocktails. That’s not necessarily a good thing for our already tenuous grip on a few of our new year’s resolutions.

Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day from the team at Madtini.

1. Raspberry Truffle Martini

Raspberry Truffle Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Kahlua
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • whipped cream
  • dark chocolate shavings

Preparation
Combine the vodka, Kahlua and Chambord in a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

2. Raspberry Souffle Martini

Raspberry Souffle Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz White Creme De Cacao
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh Raspberries

Preparation
Combine chambord, vanilla vodka and creme de cacao

Pour the Raspberry Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, and Creme De Cacao into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. To make this into a true dessert, add a dallop of whipped cream topped with fresh raspberries.

3. Agave Kiss


Ingredients

  • 2 oz Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz double cream
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • white chocolate shavings
  • fresh raspberries

Preparation
Wet the rim of a cocktail glass and roll the edge in white chocolate shavings. Place 3-4 ice cubes in cocktail glass in place in the freezer. Combine the tequila, creme de cacao and chambord in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds. Add the double cream and stir well. Remove glass from freezer and strain contents of shaker into it. Skewer 3 fresh raspberries and serve.

Here’s hoping you’re making these two at a time

4. Chocolate Swirl Martini

Chocolate Swirl Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 2 1/2 oz Half & Half
  • Chocolate Shavings

Preparation

Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove the glass and create swirls inside the glass using chocolate syrup, return the glass to the freezer.

Combine the vodka, creme de cacao and white chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake well, add the half & half and stir.

Remove the glass from the freezer, add a tablespoon of white chocolate liqueur to a shallow glass. Turn the glass in the liqueur, then turn it in the chocolate shavings.

5. Strawberry Flirt

Strawberry Flirt
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 oz Fragoli Wild Strawberry liqueur
  • 3 oz Prosecco (we used Villa Sandi)

Preparation
Chill two champagne flutes. Combine the vodka and wild strawberry liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake for 6-7 seconds and then add to the chilled flute glasses. Add Prosecco and garnish with several fresh sliced strawberries. Serve, savour and enjoy.

6. German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake Shot
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • 2 oz Brown Creme de Cacao
  • Splash of Malibu Coconut Rum
  • Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Chocolate Flakes

Preparation
Combine the Jagermeister and Creme de Cacao in a stemmed shot glass. Add a splash of Malibu Coconut Rum and Butterscotch Schnapps and you’re ready to roll. Add a few flakes of chocolate to garnish.

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QR Codes Link to Classic Cocktail Recipes at the LCBO

QR Codes at the LCBO As part of the LCBO (Liquor Commission Board of Ontario) Classic Cocktails promotion, shelf signage for the brands featured in the campaign feature QR (Quick Response) Codes.

QR codes, sometimes called 2D codes or matrix barcodes have been used throughout the rest of the world enabling users of mobile devices to connect with product sites, contest info, coupons or other additional information.

Unfortunately the experience of using QR codes sometimes falls short of providing a great digital experience for the user. Issues with the sizing and positioning of the code happen frequently with inexperienced developers. Adequate instructions should always be provided for uninitiated users and even if everything does go perfectly to that point sometimes an unfriendly mobile experience awaits the user at the destination. You can read more about QR codes in this post I wrote on the Delvinia Blog.

In this case the system worked flawlessly. I opened my ScanLife iPhone app and held it about 6-8 inches away from the shelf signage. The code was immediately picked up and my browser was directed to the  recipe for a Gin Martini made with Tanqueray on the Classic Cocktails mobile web site. At that point I could easily bookmark that with my browser for reference later.

Cheers to the LCBO and their digital team for such a useful application. Now to make myself a Gin Martini.

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The Chocolate Swirl Martini

Chocolate Swirl Martini

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, so it’s high time the Madtini Labs intoxicologists get cracking on mixng up some delicious cocktails for that special day.

The Chocolate Swirl Martini is a hybrid of a several different vodka, chocolate cocktails. We couldn’t resist adding a chocolate shavings to the rim and creating swirls of chocolate inside the glass.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 2 1/2 oz Half & Half
  • Chocolate Shavings

Preparation

Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove the glass and create swirls inside the glass using chocolate syrup, return the glass to the freezer.

Combine the vodka, creme de cacao and white chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake well, add the half & half and stir.

Remove the glass from the freezer, add a tablespoon of white chocolate liqueur to a shallow glass. Turn the glass in the liqueur, then turn it in the chocolate shavings.

Replace the top of the shaker and strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Add a few pinches of chocolate shavings to the glass.

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