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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation
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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5 Cocktails That Will Have Your Easter Party Hopping

Easter CocktailsToday was the annual Madtini Easter egg hunt here at the World Headquarters and Research Labs. Since the entire Madtini facility consists of 4 rooms the festivities lasted about 20 minutes and that includes 18 minutes of arguing over the rules. The winner was our new ice cube intern Wolfgang, who collected 35 chocolate eggs (we only hid 4??). However, Wolfgang gained the wrath of fellow competitors by constantly reminding everyone that the whole easter egg thing first began in his native Rhineland in the mid 18th century. Seriously, he wouldn’t shut up about.

So, as anyone knows there’s nothing like a solid holiday beat down to clear the air and make everyone feel a tad bit better about things. Wolfgang will no doubt recover and be back to his ice cube tray re-filling duties soon.

The rest of the Madtini gang is on duty and here are 5 cocktails that are sure to make your Easter egg hunt a heck of a lot more fun. May your long weekend be full of chocolate.

1 / White Rabbit

White Rabbit Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Baileys
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Half & Half

Preparation
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake then strain over ice cubes in an old fashioned glass.

2 / Blue Cottontail

Blue Cottontail

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce blue Curaçao
  • Flamed orange peel (for garnish)

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame an orange peel over the glass and add to the drink.

3 / Chocolate Caramel Easter Egg

Chocolate Caramel Easter Egg
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys Caramel
  • 1 1/2 oz crème de cacao
  • 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • Mini creme egg

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop a chocolate mini creme egg into the drink.

4 / Easter Bunny Cocktail

Chocolate Easter Bunny

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz brown creme de cacao
  • 1 tspn of cherry brandy
  • 1 tspn of chocolate syrup

Preparation
Combine the vodka and creme de cacao in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Carefully a teaspoon of chocolate syrup and cherry brandy. Don’t stir these in, just let them settle within the glass.

5 / Pink Bonnet

Pink Bonnet
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes crème de framboise
  • White of 1 small egg

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a shaker with no ice. Shake well to emulsify egg whites. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a chilled martini glass and serve.

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Bunny photos by LexnGer.

Easter Cocktails – Easter Bunny Cocktail

Chocolate Easter Bunny

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz brown creme de cacao
  • 1 tspn of cherry brandy
  • 1 tspn of chocolate syrup

Preparation
Combine the vodka and creme de cacao in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Carefully a teaspoon of chocolate syrup and cherry brandy. Don’t stir these in, just let them settle within the glass.

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5 Essential Drink Links You May Missed This Week

5 Drink Links - Feb 19, 2001This week we have links to movie-inspired cocktails as we wait for the Oscar parties to begin. But one can’t live by cocktail alone, check out the links to chocolate and beer covered marshmallows from Chicago and tequila spiked cupcake cocktails from Brooklyn.

1 / And the Winner Is…

The Academy Awards are coming up next weekend, so there’s plenty of time left to gather together the ingredients to make one of these great Oscar Worthy Cocktails. Our money is on the Social Network. Which reminds me, have you liked our Facebook page yet?

2 / Movie Inspired Cocktails from Grey Goose

The King’s Speech took Best Film, but Grey Goose vodka was the star at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts awards after party. You can download the full list of the cocktails inspired by the 6 finalists at the Grey Goose website (make sure you go to the UK site).

3 / Where Kahlua is born. From bean to bottle.

NotCot has a fascinating 3-part photo series as they learn about the 7-year process of taking the coffee beans from the field to the bottle that we bring home from the store. Part I / Part II / Part III

4 / Chocolate covered marshmallows with Pretzel & Beer brittle. Yes, please

A hat trick (hockey reference) of awesomeness as Chicago chocolatier Truffle Truflle have brought together chocolate, beer and marshmallows in one delicious treat. Not in Chicago? You can order online.

5 / Cheers to the Caketails

Robicelli’s Cupcakes in Brooklyn is rolling out their latest cocktail cupcakes in honor of National Margarita Day on Feb 22. Just the description of their Partida Margarito and Angry Mango cupcakes has the Madtini staff wanting to run for the border.

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

5 Essential Drink Links You May Missed This Week

5 Drink Links - February 12Bieber, chocolate, diamonds and champagne… these are a few of our favorite things. OK yes Madtini readers, I may be stretching it a bit on the whole Bieber thing. But as proud Canadians here at Madtini, we so swell-up a bit with National pride at every TMZ or ET mention of our cutest export. And now, suppressing our schoolgirl squeals, here’s our weekly collection of 5 Essential Drink Links you may have missed this week.

Quench your Bieber Fever with a (virgin) cocktail

Just in time for Grammy night, Nate Wiger, resident mixologist at Hollywood hotspot Drai’s has come up with the Biebertini, a virgin cocktail inspired by Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.

The $22,ooo Cocktail. Now that’s a garnish!

If you’re into splurging on that special someone this Valentine’s Day, the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo has the ultimate splurge, the US $22,000 Ritz Diamond Martini, complete with a one-carat diamond. Oh, it also has Grey Goose vodka with a hint of lime.

Kick off your Valentine’s Day celebration with a Champagne Cocktail

The Wall Street Journal has a list of 3 classic (yet simple-to-prepare) champagne cocktails you can throw together to impress your loved one.

Did somebody say chocolate?

Whether you’re looking for a special chocolate treat for that special someone on Valentine’s Day or just something to enjoy on your own on a Saturday night, BlogTO has a list of the best destinations for Toronto Chocoholics.

One year later, celebrating the Vancouver Olympic cocktails

To celebrate the anniversary of the Games, Yew Restaurant + Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel is showcasing the three signature cocktails that bartender Justin Taylor and his team produced during the Vancouver Olympics. Each cocktail represents a Canadian city that has hosted the games.

Bonus link – Madtini’s 5 Kissable Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #10: S’Mores Delight

Christmas S'Mores Delight
The first record of the S’More appeared in 1927 in “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”. The dessert is made of a layer of chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers and roasted over an open fire or in the fireplace. The Food Network published this recipe and when we saw it we couldn’t stop ourselves from trying it out and sharing it with you.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Baileys
  • Toasted marshmallows

Preparation
Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of a cocktail glass and then place the glass in the freezer to chill.

Combine the creamy peanut butter and chocolate syrup together in a glass, stir in the Kahlua until the mixture is well blended. Continue to stir in the vodka, dark rum and Baileys. Add the mixture to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well until the mixture is chilled. Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass. Roast two marshmallows over a flame and then add to the drink and serve.

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Halloween Cocktails #5, Dark Chocolate Martini

Dark Chocolate Martini
Chocolate has been around from over 3000 years and has been used as a drink for nearly all of its history, and who the heck are we to mess with tradition. Below is our fifth drink recipe for Halloween, the Dark Chocolate Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka
  • 2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz chilled Espresso
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • 1 tbsp grated dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Preparation
Grate a generous chunk of dark chocolate. Combine a tablespoon of dark chocolate and sugar in a small plate. Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a wedge of orange. Turn the cocktail glass in the dark chocolate and sugar to cover the rim. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

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The Dark Chocolate Martini is adapted from the Oct31.org website.

Cookie Cocktails… The Chocolate Chip Cookie Martini

Chocolate Chip Cookie MartiniPosted with permission from The Martini Diva

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 1/2 oz dark creme de cacao
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 0z butterscotch schnapps
  • grated chocolate chips

Preparation

Dip the rim of the cocktail glass in the creme de cacao, then into the finely grated chocolate chips. Place glass in freezer to chill.

Pour both creme de cremes, vodka and butterscotch schnapps into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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