The Nor’easter – North meets South in a Perfect Storm

Nor'easterThe sap is running wild in the maple woods of the North East so this week we’re making cocktails with the sweet and delicious taste of maple syrup.

This drink recipe comes from the bar at Char No 4, Brooklyn’s home of American Whiskey with 150 types on hand for your enjoyment. Their twist on the Dark & Stormy is like a south meeting north in a perfect storm in your glass.

Ingredients

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

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 10-12 times. Strain and pour over ice in a rocks glass. Add a splash of ginger beer on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

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The Citrus Jalapeno Kicker

Citrus-Jalapeno Kicker

Another spicy drink for the weekend. Adapted from the Metrocurean, who adpated it from the Clementine Kicker at Kelly Liken’s Washington, DC restaurant cocktail menu. From all of the gang here at Madtini, we give this cocktail a solid thumbs up.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz citrus vodka
  • 1 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger
  • 1 slice of jalapeño

Preparation

Place the lime juice, ginger slice and jalapeno into a cocktail shaker. Muddle it together for 30 seconds or until its nicely mashed up. Add agave nectar, citrus vodka and ice. Shake well and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cheers to spicy cocktails

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Happy Birthday to Us… Madtini is One Year Old!

Happy Birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birt… well you now it goes after that. It’s August 16 and that means we’re one-whole year old today. Its been a wild year. We started Madtini as a way to accompany our Sunday night Mad Men viewings. When Season 3 ended we all looked at each other and said, ‘OK, now what?’ Then we poured a few vodka martinis, life began making sense again, and we moved forward.

We’ve made drinks for Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, the Vancouver Winter Games, Cinco de Mayo, Caribana and many more events. We attended great tasting events and met dozens of cool new Madtini friends.

We’re looking forward to even more fun, laughs and of course drinks during year number 2.

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Friday Night Madtini – The Jade Cocktail

Jade Cocktail

Jade Cocktail

For this week’s Friday Night Madtini we’re pulling out our ‘Go-To’ Guide to drinks – Complete Home Bartender’s Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink by Salvatore Calabrese. The Jade cocktail is a gorgeous and elegant shade of green and the taste of lime will give you a healthy kick in the flavor buds to get your weekend started.

Cheers and have a happy weekend!

Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 oz white Bacardi rum
  • 1/2 oz green creme de menthe
  • 1/2 oz blue caracao
  • 2/3 oz lime cordial
  • dash of gomme syrup

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass by rubbing a wedge of lime around it. Dip the rim in a small plate covered in superfine sugar to create a frosted rim. Add the other ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.

Top 5 Madtini Cocktails for Easter

Easter CocktailsChocolate Bunnies, creamy caramel filled eggs… Easter is perfect time for the team at Madtini Research Labs to look around for some great drink recipes. Here are our top 5 picks for delicious drinks for the holiday weekend.

1. Chocolate Easter Bunny
2. Raspberry Chocolate Madtini
3. Chocolate Orange Madtini
4. The Easter Egg
5. Pink Chocolate Bunny

Check out all the recipes and enjoy your Easter holiday weekend.

Happy Easter Part 1 – Chocolate Easter Bunny

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Chocolate Easter Bunny

The best part of Easter morning was usually taking a big chunk out of the Chocolate Easter Bunny before heading off to Church. This drink captures all the delicious chocolate flavor and more… and you don’t have to decide whether to start from the ears or the tail. Cheers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys
  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • Chocolate Milk

Preparation:
Add Baileys, Kahlua and Creme de Cacao to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add chocolate milk, a few shavings of chocolate and enjoy.

Happy Easter Part 3 – Chocolate Orange Martini

Orange Chocolate Madtini

Orange Chocolate Madtini

Just because its Easter doesn’t mean we can all sit and forget the risk of contracting Scurvy. So enjoy this chocolate flavored Madtini with a tangy hint of orange and play it safe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz Triple Sec

Preparation:
Add Vodka, Triple Sec and Creme de Cacao to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add orange peel spiral to garnish.

Happy Easter Part 4 – The Easter Egg

Easter Egg

Easter Egg

This drink is best made after the eggs have been decorated and hidden. Of course, after a few of these Easter Egg Cocktails you may forget where you hid them.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Blue Caracao
  • 2 oz Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz Half & Half Cream

Preparation:
Fill cocktail glass with ice. Add Blue Caraco and Creme de Cacao. Layer in a dash of half & half cream on top.

The Madtinis of St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick's Day Madtinis

“Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day”. That goes double for the hard working Intoxicologists at Madtini Research Labs. They’ve been wearing green lab coats, humming Danny Boy and dancing without moving their arms. Not sure why they’ve been dancing in the lab, I’m sure its not optimal for workplace safety.

They’ve been waiting in anticipation all year to start mixing magic with Irish Whiskey, delicious Bailey’s Irish Cream and maybe even a wee bit of Creme de Menthe for color and minty flavor. Thanks to their hard work, we now can offer up 6 tasty alternatives to the usual choice of a (or several) green beer.

And as the Irish Rovers used to say as they signed off… May you be in Heaven a full half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead.

And now back to watching YouTube clips of Sean Connery singing (yes, singing) in Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Cheers!

AND NOW… THE MADTINIS

1 – Luck of the Irish Martini

  • 3 oz Jameson’s Irish whiskey
  • 2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur

Preparation:
Pour Jameson’s and Bailey’s over ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

2 – Leprechaun’s Lunch recipe

  • 1 oz Bailey’s® Irish cream
  • 1 oz creme de menthe
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 2 oz milk

Preparation:
Pour Bailey’s, Creme de manthe and creme de cacao and milk over ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

3 – Kiss the Blarney Stone Martini

  • 3 oz Jameson’s Irish whiskey
  • 1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 oz Fresh Orange Juice

Preparation:
Pour Jameson, Melon liqueur and fresh squeezed orange juice over ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

4 – Guinness Martini

  • 1 oz espresso
  • 3 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur

Preparation:
Pour expresso, Vodka, Bailey’s and Kahlua over ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

2 – Mint Chocolate Leprachaun

  • 3 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz creme de menthe
  • 1 oz creme de cacao

Preparation:
Pour Jameson, Creme de Menthe and Creme de cacao over ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

6 – Baileys Irish Martini

  • 3 oz Baileys Irish cream
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey
  • Shot of strong, cold coffee
  • Chocolate shavings

Preparation:
Pour Baileys and Jameson over ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add a shot of strong cold coffee. Shake and serve in a martini glass, garnish with chocolate shavings.