12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #8: Winter Whiteout

Winter WhiteoutCorby Distilleries has made Canada the first and only place you can enjoy new Malibu Snowflake rum this winter. The specially designed bottle has a cutaway reminiscent of a snow globe that reveals small flakes of coconut floating in the rum. To celebrate the launch the Toronto Institute of Bartending used Malibu Snowflake to mix up a few special cocktails like the Winter Whiteout.


  • 2 oz of Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 2 oz of White Cranberry Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Twist of Lemon

Fill a highball glass full of ice. Add the Malibu Snowflake Rum, white cranberry juice and club soda; stir. Add a twist of lemon as a garnish and serve with a smile.

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The Mapito – From Down Under and to the Left

MapitoI’m not exactly sure what a Mapito is, if you do please tell me. I did a quick search and seem to keep coming back to a mapito being some kind of bush tent.

I was looking for a way to use up extra cucumbers, and found this recipe on WonderHowTo.com from the bartenders from the Oyster Bar in Nelson, New Zealand. They’ve created a great video to take you through their methods of preparation.


  • 3 oz of vodka
  • tsp of simple syrup
  • splash of club soda
  • lime wedges
  • cucumber slices
  • fresh mint leaves


Wrap a handful of ice cubes up in a tea towel with several torn pieces of mint leaves. Fold the tea towel over and beat the living daylights out of the ice with anything handy. Once the ice is crushed, your arm is tired or the neighbors are complaining drain the ice into a highball glass.

Add 3 wedges of lime, tsp oz of simple syrup and 3 cucumber slices to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle the content until it is thoroughly mashed up. Add ice cubes and 3 oz of vodka. Secure top and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into the glass of ice and top with more torn mint and a splash of club soda. Garnish with 2 cucumber spears.

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Pretty in Pink… Watermelon Gin Fizz

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Few things helped to beat the summer heat when we were kids than slices of delicious watermelon. The summer heat and humidity seems relentless this year, so we thought it would be a great idea to pick up some watermelon. As we returned to Madtini headquarters we began thinking about what kind of cocktails we could make using watermelon, and the search was on.

We found this great recipe by Donna Diegel from Providence, R.I. on examiner.com. While the preparation seemed a bit daunting at first, our intoxicology crew sprang into action cutting up watermelon to get this drink started. After a few minutes of blending, straining, mixing we had a table full of these tasty and refreshing drinks.

Ingredients (makes 4-6-ish)

  • 1 1/2 cups of gin
  • 2 cups strained watermelon juice
  • 10 mint leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 cups simple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
  • Club soda


Cut up 1/2 small seedless watermelon (removing rind). Drop into a blender with the simple syrup and 10 chopped up mint leaves. Blend, then strain through two sheets of paper towel places in the bottom of a colander. Squeeze the paper towel to get the rest of the juice through. Add the juice of one lemon and chill in the freezer until its cold.

Serve over ice with chilled gin, add club soda and garnish with a sprig or mint and a wedge of watermelon.

Cheers and happy Saturday chilling!

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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 Madtini.com 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