Madtini’s 6 Kissable Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Six Kissable Cocktails for Valentine's Day February 14th is only a few days away, and that means that Madtini Labs is awash in feelings of love, affection and inappropriate suggestions… which in reality is nothing that unusual for the weekend.

So, white our HR department deals those pressing issues we’re posting our collection of 6 Kissable Cocktails for St. Valentine’s Day.

We noticed once we had narrowed our choices down, there seemed to be an obvious focus on dessert inspired cocktails. That’s not necessarily a good thing for our already tenuous grip on a few of our new year’s resolutions.

Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day from the team at Madtini.

1. Raspberry Truffle Martini

Raspberry Truffle Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Kahlua
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • whipped cream
  • dark chocolate shavings

Preparation
Combine the vodka, Kahlua and Chambord in a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

2. Raspberry Souffle Martini

Raspberry Souffle Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz White Creme De Cacao
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh Raspberries

Preparation
Combine chambord, vanilla vodka and creme de cacao

Pour the Raspberry Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, and Creme De Cacao into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. To make this into a true dessert, add a dallop of whipped cream topped with fresh raspberries.

3. Agave Kiss


Ingredients

  • 2 oz Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz double cream
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • white chocolate shavings
  • fresh raspberries

Preparation
Wet the rim of a cocktail glass and roll the edge in white chocolate shavings. Place 3-4 ice cubes in cocktail glass in place in the freezer. Combine the tequila, creme de cacao and chambord in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds. Add the double cream and stir well. Remove glass from freezer and strain contents of shaker into it. Skewer 3 fresh raspberries and serve.

Here’s hoping you’re making these two at a time

4. Chocolate Swirl Martini

Chocolate Swirl Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 2 1/2 oz Half & Half
  • Chocolate Shavings

Preparation

Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove the glass and create swirls inside the glass using chocolate syrup, return the glass to the freezer.

Combine the vodka, creme de cacao and white chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake well, add the half & half and stir.

Remove the glass from the freezer, add a tablespoon of white chocolate liqueur to a shallow glass. Turn the glass in the liqueur, then turn it in the chocolate shavings.

5. Strawberry Flirt

Strawberry Flirt
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 oz Fragoli Wild Strawberry liqueur
  • 3 oz Prosecco (we used Villa Sandi)

Preparation
Chill two champagne flutes. Combine the vodka and wild strawberry liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake for 6-7 seconds and then add to the chilled flute glasses. Add Prosecco and garnish with several fresh sliced strawberries. Serve, savour and enjoy.

6. German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake Shot
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • 2 oz Brown Creme de Cacao
  • Splash of Malibu Coconut Rum
  • Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Chocolate Flakes

Preparation
Combine the Jagermeister and Creme de Cacao in a stemmed shot glass. Add a splash of Malibu Coconut Rum and Butterscotch Schnapps and you’re ready to roll. Add a few flakes of chocolate to garnish.

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The Chocolate Swirl Martini

Chocolate Swirl Martini

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, so it’s high time the Madtini Labs intoxicologists get cracking on mixng up some delicious cocktails for that special day.

The Chocolate Swirl Martini is a hybrid of a several different vodka, chocolate cocktails. We couldn’t resist adding a chocolate shavings to the rim and creating swirls of chocolate inside the glass.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 2 1/2 oz Half & Half
  • Chocolate Shavings

Preparation

Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove the glass and create swirls inside the glass using chocolate syrup, return the glass to the freezer.

Combine the vodka, creme de cacao and white chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake well, add the half & half and stir.

Remove the glass from the freezer, add a tablespoon of white chocolate liqueur to a shallow glass. Turn the glass in the liqueur, then turn it in the chocolate shavings.

Replace the top of the shaker and strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Add a few pinches of chocolate shavings to the glass.

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From the Madtini Lab – 10 Creepy Cocktails for Halloween

Madtini Halloween Cocktails
Halloween weekend 2010 is finally here, and its time for the Ghouls, Goblins, Naughty Nurses, Snookis and Elvis’ (or is it Elvi) to hit the streets, basement parties and bars. We’ve spent the past few weeks looking around for fun Halloween-themed drinks for your spooky cocktail parties. We narrowed it down to 10 and here they are!

Cheers and Happy Halloween from Madtini!

Boo-Berry Vodka Martini1. Boo-Berry Martini
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.

The Blood Lust Martini2. Blood Lust Martini
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz Creme de Cassis
  • 1 oz Sweet & sour mix
  • 8-10 blueberries
  • 4 fresh blackberries
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 3 fresh strawberries, sliced and hulled

Preparation
Muddle the berries together in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 2-3 maraschino cherries.

Madtini Walk with a Zombie3. Walk With a Zombie
Ingredients

  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz golden rum
  • 1 oz 151 dark rum
  • 1/2 oz apricot brandy
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice except the 151 dark rum & grenadine. Shake well then strain into a tall cocktail glass. Add the 151 dark rum and grenadine to the top of the drink. Garnish with an orange wedge and two maraschino cherries.

The Monster Mash4. The Monster Mash
Ingredients

  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz Malibu Coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz vodka

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a blender along with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with two thin slices of apple.

Dark Chocolate Martini5. 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.

Mad Eye Madtini6. Mad-Eye Martini
Ingredients

  • 3 oz Gin
  • Splash of Dry vermouth
  • Radish and olive eyeball

Preparation
Peel the skin from a radish leaving traces of red to resemble veins. Carve out a hole in the radish big enough to place an olive into. Pour vermouth in to chilled cocktail glass.

Black Cat7. The Black Cat
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Black Sambuca

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few espresso beans.

Dark and Spooky8. The Dark & Spooky
Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz dark rum
  • Juice of one Lime
  • Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the dark rum and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then pour over ice in a rocks glass. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a wedge of lime and a large black spider.

Dra-Kahlua9. The Dra-Kahlua
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Cognac
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into your chilled martini glass. Add a blood-orange wedge s garnish.

Root Beer of all Evil10. Root Beer of all Evil
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Three Olives Root Beer Vodka
  • 4 oz Jones Soda Root Beer
  • 3/4 oz Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 scoop Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream

Preparation
Pour the vodka and root beer over ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

Madtini night out – 2010 Victoria Gin Shakedown

2010 Vic Gin Shake Down

2010 Vic Gin Shake Down

On June 14 Madtini was invited to attend the 2010 Vic Gin Shakedown, a cocktail competition held at Böhmer Restaurant on Ossington, in Toronto. 14 of Toronto’s top mixologists were invited to battle it out to find out who could create the best cocktail using Victoria Gin. The competition was hosted  by Kevin Brauch, star of the Food Network’s Thirsty Traveler. Judges included Bob Blumer (Glutton for Punishment), James Chatto (freelance writer). Chris Johns (Bar Fly columnist from the Globe & Mail) and Christine Sismondo (author of Mondo Cocktails and co-owner of the The Temperence Society).

The competitor were required to create two versions of the same cocktail: one ‘fit for a queen’ and the other ‘so east the queen could make it’. The common version of the winning cocktail would be featured on a Victoria Gin bottle tag at the LCBO this summer.

The competitors included Elan Marks (The Drake), Trevor Burnett (freelance consultant). Gavin MacMillan (Bartender One); Renata Clingen (Böhmer); Elizabeth Savage (Marquis at the Hilton); Adrian Stein (Oliver Bonacini Cafe Grill); Rob Montgomery (Miller Tavern); Brock Shepherd (Burger Bar); Dave Mitton (The Harbord Room); Simon Ho (The Drake); Moses McIntee (Scarpetta); Clinton Pattemore (Toronto Bartending); Nishan Nepulangoda (Blowfish); and Scott McMaster (Colbourne Lane).

The competitors went head to head over 7 rounds. The preparation of the drinks was a bit slow and drawn out at time, but the results were well worth it. After the judges had taken their taste, the creations were passed back to the thirsty fans standing behind them. We did our best to sample as many of the drinks as possible and we didn’t envy the job of the judges had to carry out.

At the end of the night, Moses McIntee’s ‘Olde Vic’ came out on top as the best. Rob Montgomery of Miller Tavern, whose presentation included mini ceramic bathtubs, tea sandwiches, and hot gin punch won a special jury award for best presentation. It was a great night out, and Madtini would like to thank Mia Hunt of Victoria Spirits for the invitation.