3 Fresh Drinks to Welcome the First Day of Spring

Spring CocktailsSpring is about to… hmm, well spring on Sunday and it’s time we look forward to thoughts of warm days, sunny patios, lake wharfs and long sandy beaches.

Today, the folks here at Madtini are toasting the first day of spring with three great vodka cocktails. We’re using Prairie Organic Vodka from the heartland of Minnesota, where I’m sure they’ll be glad to see warmer days too.

 

as the common base across these drinks – and just for good measure we’ve picked up some Kiwi, strawberry and blueberry to bring some colourto the festivities.

Bring on the patios! Cheers, and happy first day of spring from Madtini.

Blueberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

Blueberry Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with blueberries and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add whole blueberries.

Kiwi Basil Vodka Cocktail

Kiwi Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 3 slices of kiwi fruit

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with kiwi slices and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a slice of kiwi fruit as a garnish.

Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 1/3 cup quartered strawberries

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with strawberries and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a sliced strawberry as a garnish.

Honey Vanilla Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz water
  • 1/4 oz granulated sugar
  • 1/4 oz honey
  • seeds from half a vanilla bean

Preparation
Combine water and sugar at medium heat. Once sugar dissolves, add honey and contents from the vanilla bean.

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6 Fiesta-Worthy Margaritas to Celebrate National Margarita Day

National Margarita DayTuesday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day in the U.S., and we will stand shoulder to shoulder at the bar in our giant sombreros with our southern brothers and sisters on this most important celebration.

The origins of the Margarita are disputed, and the Wikipedia page sums up some of the most popular theories. But, no one can argue that the Margarita is a dang good drink, in fact it was the most ordered mixed drink in America in 2008 according to Cheers On-Premise Handbook representing 18% of all orders (behind were Martini, Run & Coke, Vodka & Tonic and the Cosmopolitan). According to Brown-Forman in 2008 Americans ordered an average of 185,000 Margaritas per hour. Now that my friends is a happy hour!

Here are 6 of our favorites Margaritas. Set your blenders to awesome!

1. Classic Lime Margarita

Classic Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz Sauza Tequila
  • 1.5 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Spread salt in a small dish. Wet the rum of a cocktail glass (we need to do a resupply run on our Margarita glasses), turn turn the glass in the salt, covering the rim. Combine the tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well for 5-6 seconds and then strain into the cocktail glass.

2. Strawberry Lime Margarita

Strawberry-Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1.5 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 4-5 frozen whole strawberries
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Combine the frozen strawberries and sugar in the blender and pulse until they are chopped well. Add the ice and pulse again. Next, stir the tequila, lime juice and triple sec in a separate glass. Gradually pour the mixture into the blender until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into cocktail glasses rimmed with coarse salt. Garnish with a slice of lime.

3. Blueberry Lime Margarita

Blueberry Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 oz blueberry blend juice
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 1 tbsp frozen limeade
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Coarse salt for rim

Preparation
Add the ice to the blender,  pulse until crushed. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt. Lean Spanish, then pour and serve.

4. Cranberry Lime Margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • dash of agave nectar
  • 2-3 drops of hot sauce
  • salt & chili powder for rim

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili powder rim. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass.

5. Jalapeno Lime Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • dash of agave nectar
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • thin slices of japaleno pepper
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • 6 celery leaves

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt  to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim. add the slices of jalapeno to the blender, add lime juice, simple syrup and the celery leaves – pulse until the pieces are chopped. Add triple sec, agave nectar and tequila and blend until smooth. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with the rest of the jalapeno pepper.

6. Pineapple Chili Margarita

Pineapple Chili Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed pineapple juice
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp agave nectar

Preparation
Start by moistening the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder together on a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim (delicious!). Add the tequila, 1/2 tbsp on agave nectar, pineapple and lime juice to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with slices of lime and jalapeño.

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A Boxing Day Treat – The Wildberry Snowjito

Wildberry SnowjitoIt’s boxing day here at Madtini Labs, and everyone is kicking back after the rush and craziness of Christmas and the pre-holiday shopathon and party season. We have all the discount electronics we can use so we are staying away from the sales and enjoying these Wildberry Snowjitos made with Malibu Snowflake Rum.

If you missed it we used Malibu Snowflake Rum for 2 of our 12 Days of Madtini Cocktails; the Snowjito and the Winter Whiteout.

Ingredients

  • 8 blueberries
  • 6 raspberries
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 3 wedges of lime
  • tsp of sugar
  • 2 oz Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 3 oz Club Soda

Preparation
Muddle the blueberries, raspberries, lime wedges, sugar and mint leaves in the bottom of a high ball glass. Fill glass with ice cubes and pour in Malibu Snowflake Rum and Club Soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Drink adapted from a Micah Dew (askmybartender.com) article in the Edmonton Journal.

Halloween Cocktails, #1 Boo-berry Vodka Martini

Boo-Berry Vodka MartiniHalloween is still 13 days away according to our dicey math skills. We thought we’d get an obvious spooky cocktail out of the way first. We present the Boo-berry Vodka Martini. We brought home a bottle of the highly aromatic Smirnoff Blueberry flavoured vodka, combined it with a bit of triple sec and some sprite, and garnished it with a few fresh blueberries and a single black spider.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz sweet & sour syrup
  • 2 ripped up basil leaves
  • 8-10 fresh blueberries

Preparation
Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lemon juice. Turn the glass in a shallow plate of sugar to cover the rim. Muddle the blueberries and ripped up basil leaves in a cocktail shaker until they are shredded. Take a deep whiff of the beautiful mix of smells. Add the sweet & sour syrup, triple sec, blueberry flavoured vodka, and 4 ice cubes. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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Blueberry-Lime Margarita – Cinco de Mayo #1

Blueberry Lime Margarita

Blueberry Lime Margarita

What’s more fun that a handful of frozen blueberries, a bottle of tequila and a blender… well, I’m sure there’s lots of things, but this is a blog about mixing cocktails. So, seeing that it is Cinco de Mayo, what better way to break-in the new Madtini Labs blender than to mix up some frozen blueberry-lime maragritas. We found this perfect recipe on the Eating Well website. Engage… set blenders on stun!!

Ingredients (makes 4 or 1 giant party margarita)

  • 5 oz tequila
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup blueberry blend juice
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • 2 tablespoons frozen limeade
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Coarse salt

Preparation
Add the ice to the blender,  pulse until crushed. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt. Lean Spanish, then pour and serve.