Madtini Thanksgiving – The Burnt Turkey

Burnt TurkeyThis might be the only time you’ll want to invite your guests to imbibe in Burnt Turkey on Thanksgiving.


  • 2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 oz Goldschälger Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves

Fill a chilled glass with crushed ice and 8-10 fresh mint leaves. Combine the bourbon and cinnamon schnapps in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain over ice.

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Drink like a Pirate Day: Minty Pirate Skull

Minty Pirate SkullIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bourbon
  • mint leaves


Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the ingredients like a ship tossed on the sea for 6-7 seconds, strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a dozen Spanish gold dubloons… or a few mint leaves, depending on what you have laying around the galleon.

Cheers, ye scurvy dog!

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Old Fashioned Southside Shuffle

Old Fashioned Southside ShuffleEvery September music fans from all over this area of Ontario Flip, Flop & Fly to Port Credit’s Southside Shuffle (hat tip to the Downchild Blues Band) to hear the best of blues, R&B and rock’n roll. This year we’ll get to see and hear performances from blues and rock legends such as Ronnie Hawkins, Elvis Bishop, Dr. Hook and Johnny Winter.

Madtini will be headed to as many of the shows as possible this weekend, and to get us in the right frame of mind we’re going to mix up a couple of classic cocktails with a tablespoon of maple syrup for Canadian content.


  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • tbsp of maple syrup


In a rocks glass muddle the water, bitters and maple syrup. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour in the bourbon. Add a slice of lemon.

Kentucky Margarita – Cinco de Mayo Bourbon Bonus!

Kentucky Margarita

Kentucky Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Well, its no surprise that we eventually ran out of tequila after making upall those delicious Margaritas. Well it turned out that we still had plenty of Jim Beam Bourbon left from Saturdays Derby Day Mint Juleps. A quick click to the Jim Beam website and we found several drink recipes. We decided that the Kentucky Margarita was a natural choice to finish of the day. Cheers!


  • 3 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • splash triple sec
  • splash sour mix
  • lime wedge

Moisten the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lime and then turn the glass upside down in a small plate with a sprinkling of coarse salt. Combine 3 oz of Jim beam Bourbon and a splash of Triple Sec in a cocktail shake with several ice cubes. Shake and then strain into the martini glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

Welcome to Derby Day 2 – The Gran Derby

Gran Derby

Gran Derby Cocktail

Just as we were starting to relax around here with our Mint Juleps, one of our intrepid Madtini interns found this drink recipe on the Interwebs. Seems the gang over at Cocktail Times had posted a delicious looking drink recipe dubbed the Gran Derby, and since it appeared we had just enough Grand Marnier left in inventory, we felt we could substitute that for the GranGala listed in the recipe.

Still two hours to post time for the Derby… cheers!



2 oz bourbon
1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed of course)
1/2 oz Orange juice (ditto on the freshly squeezed)


Moisten the rim of the martini glass with a lice of lemon. Dip the rim in a small plate covered in superfine sugar to create a frosted rim. Combine the bourbon, grand marnier, lemon and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.

Welcome to Derby Day – The Madtini Mint Julep

Madtini Mint Julep

Madtini Mint Julep

Its Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs in Louisville and the horses will soon be at the gate to race for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. There’s still time to make yourself a Mint Julep, the iconic Kentucky Derby cocktail. This potent cocktail became the signature drink for the Derby in 1938 when the drink was served in souvenir glasses for 75 cents a piece. Today its said that the Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 of these drinks over the two days of the event.

The Mint Julep first appeared as a ‘wake-up and get at ‘em’ drink for the farmers going in agricultural regions on the east coast. I can’t imagine downing one of these cocktails and being very productive, but folks were made of heartier stock back then I assume.

Cheers from the Madtini Intoxicology Team… we’re off to buy some fancy hats and place our bets.


  • 3 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • tablespoon of quick dissolving sugar

Rub the surfaces of five mint leaves and place them in the bottom of a glass. Add a teaspoon of sugar and warm water. Stir the ingredients. Add 3 oz of bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves.

Make it Another Old-Fashioned!

Week 3 Cocktal: The Old Fashioned

Week 3 Cocktal: The Old Fashioned

In Week 3 of Mad Men we saw Don Draper make a quick escape from Roger Sterling’s Derby Day party and head for the bar. After a stylish jump across the bar we watched as Don made an ‘Old Fashioned’ for himself and his new friend Connie. (is this Conrad Hilton?)

At we could not let this go unnoticed, and so for Week 4 of the Online Cocktail Party we’re making up a couple of Old Fashioneds.

The Old Fashioned is arguably the first Cocktail, and was created around 1900 by Colonel James E. Pepper, a bourbon distiller based in Kentucky, and the bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville. It was once known as the “palate-paralyzer’ and Cole Porter even wrote a song in its honour, ‘Make It Another Old Fashioned.


  • Bourbon (1 2/3 oz)
  • Angostura bitters (dash)
  • Sugar Cube (1)
  • Club Soda


  1. Place sugar cube in old-fashioned glass and soak with Angostura
  2. Add a dash of soda and crush the sugar cube with the back of a bar spoon
  3. Add the bourbon, then top with soda and stir
  4. Garnish with a slice or orange and a maraschino cherry
  5. Add a twist of lemon and drink