Death By Christmas

Death By Christmas


  • 1 1/2 oz – Strawberry Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz – Absinthe
  • 3/4 oz – Fresh lime juice
  • Splash of club soda


Add the strawberry liqueur, absinthe and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Add a splash of club soda.

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Good Enough for Friday – The Mystic Dark Chocolate Cocktail

Mystic Chocolate CocktailIf you’re anything at all like the team here at Madtini Labs you were digging into the Easter treats a long time ago. Peeps, jelly beans, gummi bunnies or chocolate creme eggs, they’ve all fallen victim to the sweet tooths of our hungry intoxicologists.

Here we are on Good Friday – we had alreadt posted our selection of Easter cocktails last weekend and we needed a challenge. The folks at Distillnation, a London distributor of fine spirits including absinthe tweeted “Looking for some chocolate inspired cocktails that could have some #absinthe in them … need to jazz up #Easter”. We knew we had our mission.

It wasn’t long before we found the Mystic Chocolate Cocktail. We decided to add shavings of dark chocolate to the rim just because we could. Cheers and Happy Easter!


  • 1 1/4 oz of absinthe
  • 1 1/2 oz of Baileys
  • 1 1/2 oz of dark creme de cacao
  • 2 dashes of Butterscotch schnapps
  • dark chocolate shavings

Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in Baileys then turn the glass in a plate of shavings of dark chocolate. Set aside the glass in the freezer for a few minutes. Pour the absinthe into the glass, then slowly add the Baileys, then the creme de cacao and lastly the butterscotch schnapps leaving the liquids to from layers.

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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.



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

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

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

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

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.



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

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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5 Essential Drink Links You May Missed This Week

5 Drink Links for March 5This week’s drink links include instructions on how to create two legendary cocktails; the Sazerac and Absinthe. You’ll also find a great set of coasters that look like warehouse pallettes, a transatlantic search for the best martini and a drink inspired by the latest ramblings of Charlie Sheen. Cheers til next time.

1 / The Sazerac, the Original New Orleans Cocktail
It’s been said that the word ‘cocktail’ originated in New Orleans in the early 19th century, and the official cocktail of New Orleans is the Sazerac. Learn how to make the Sazerac cocktail just in time for Mardi Gras.

2 / Drink Coasters fit for any Warehouse
Labryinth Design Studios in Barcelona, Spain has sets of very cool palette-styled drink coasters for sale on their site. They come in packages of 5 for €14,90.

3 / Stirred not Shaken
Graham Boynton, Travel Editor of Telegraph Media Group goes on a transatlantic bar crawl in search of the perfect martini with leading barmen and mixologists in London and New York.

4 / How to Make an Absinthe Cocktail
Match 5 is National Absinthe Day in the united States. Learn how to make the legendary cocktail favored by Hemingway, Van Gogh and Degas.

5 / I got Tiger Blood, Man!
The real-life Charlie Sheen show continued this week with some great quotes ever including this one “I have a different constitution, I have a different brain; I have a different heart; I got tiger blood, man.” In response TY KU has come up with the TY-ger Blood, a tweaking of the Bloody Mary using Sake instead of Vodka.

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5 image in collage by Leo Reynolds used under CC license.