An Hawaiian Martini – Happy Birthday Grace

Hawaiian MartiniI don’t think it’s any coincidence that our friend Grace was born on April Fool’s Day. But putting the Lei’d jokes aside (for a moment), she is lucky enough to be on her way to warm Hawaii for a week of sun, fun, tall drinks, cool waves and hot lava (well, hopefully not hot lava).

To celebrate her birthday and her trip, we asked our Senior Staff Madtini Intoxicologist to work late on Friday creating an original drink from scratch. He refused, so it was up to our new weekend intern Muffy to come up with something special. She managed to find a great drink recipe and mix up an Hawaiian Martini featuring pineapple and cranberry juice and just enough vodka to make us forget we’re still here in Toronto.

Hauʻoli lā hānau Grace! (means Happy Birthday, we looked it up on the interweb) If you see any Kona Gold Coffee Liqueur during your trip you know what to do.

1 1/2 oz Vodka
2 oz Pineapple Juice
2 oz Cranberry Juice
Wedge of pineapple

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with a wedge of pineapple.

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Happy Birthday Anne – The Mad-Haapanen

Miss Mad-HaapanenNo, that’s not a mispelling of the title of the less than awesome Mark Wahlberg movie featuring scary winds and self-abusing zombies. It is however, a twist-and-a-half on the Manhattan, and a cocktail that’s celebrates the birthday of one of our bestest Madtini buddies ever, Anne who was born on this day (not too long ago) in Helsinki, Finland.

The Madtini Intoxicology crew was summoned to the lab early today (which really would be anytime before noon) to create this delicious cocktail of Finlandia vodka, cranberry juice, Chambord and blackberries.

Cheers and Happy Birthday Anne! Or, according to Google Translate ‘Kippis ja hyvää syntymäpäivää’ (seriously, is that even remotely correct?)


  • 2 oz Finlandia vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 3/4 oz Chambord

Place a martini glass in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes. Combine the vodka, cranberry juice and chambord in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake it like a Polaroid picture for 5-6 seconds, strain and serve. Garnish with blackberries.

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Madtini’s Hot Cocktails of Winter – Tequila CranApple Toddy

Tequila Cranapple ToddyOur ‘Hot Cocktails of Winter’ Series continues with a warm treat from south of the border. Combining apple cider, cranberry juice, tequila and a hint of orange.


  • 5 oz cups apple cider
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/4 oz triple sec

Heat the cider and cranberry juice in a shallow saucepan. Remove from heat as steam begins to rise, do not boil. Add the tequila and triple sec. Pour into a warm mug and garnish with a twist of lime.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #1: Christmas Cosmo

Christmas Cosmo The Cosmopolitan originated in the 1970s in either Provincetown, MA, Minneapolis, or San Fancisco, depending on who you are talking to at the time. But no one can argue that its popularity really exploded during the glory days of ‘Sex & the City’. This holiday version of the ‘Cosmo’ adds the taste of rosemary to the equation. Add a few cranberries and this drink is ready to for any ‘sophistimacated’ Christmas celebration.


  • 2 oz rosemary infused vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • rosemary sprig
  • frozen cranberries

Chop up a few sprigs of rosemary and add them to your vodka for a few days. Add the rosemary vodka, cointreau and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake a few times and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Spear a few cranberries with a rosemary sprig and then float it on top of the drink.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #4: Poinsettia Cocktail

Poinsettia Cocktail
The Poinsettia has become a symbol of Christmas throughout the world. Its association with the holiday began in 16th century Mexico, where the plant originates. The legend follows that a young girl too poor to provide a gift for Jesus’s birthday gathered what she thought were weeds alongside the road and placed them in front of the church altar. Soon the weeds transformed into beautiful crimson poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico have used the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern symbolized the Star of Bethlehem, and the crimson red colour represents the blood sacrifice of Jesus.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz prosecco
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 strips orange zest


Combine prosecco, vodka and cranberry juice in a large-stemmed wine glass. Add the crushed ice and stir gently as the mixture becomes completely chilled. Drop in the strips of orange and serve to your eager guests.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #6: The Warhol Crush

Christmas Crush What do Andy Warhol and the Christmas holidays have in common? It turns out quite a bit actually. Andy illustrated and designed a gorgeous series of Christmas cards for Tiffany & Co. between 1956-62. In addition, Andy created a 33-minute film of Soren Agenoux’s play of Charles Dicken’s Christmas Carol in 1966.

Now that we have a solid connection made between Andy Warhol and the holidays, we can justifiably include the ‘Warhol Crush’ as one of our 12 Days of Madtini Cocktails. This drink was published in 2008 as part of Martini & Rossi’s ‘Factory Drinks’ campaign, revisiting the work that Andy Warhol did for the iconic Italian makers of vermouth  in the ’50s and ’60s. You can make a safe bet that we’ll be featuring the rest of these drinks on an upcoming Madtini post.


  • 12 fresh rosemary needles
  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
  • 2 oz cranberry juice


Strip off a dozen rosemary needles and add them to the bottom a mixing glass with the raspberries and simple syrup. Muddle the items gently. Add ice, then add vermouth and cranberry juice. Shake the ingredients, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three raspberries speared by a rosemary sprig.

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Halloween Cocktails #2, The Blood Lust Martini

The Blood Lust MartiniSeems these days you can swing a dead bat without hitting a creature of the night. Whether its the brooding Edward of Twilight fame or the brooding Bill of True Blood, vampires have never been hotter and the Blood Lust for these vamps has never been more intense.

The Blood Lust cocktail is an intense muddle of fresh berries and delicious berry liqueurs and based on our testing can be enjoyed safely in direct sunlight.


  • 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

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.

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Madtini Thanksgiving – The Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot CocktailThe question of the day is, ‘Do Turkeys Trot?’ The only thing I’ve ever see turkeys do is wander around aimlessly, completely oblivious to their ultimate fate. Just to clarify what a Turkey Trot really is, it was one of the most popular ragtime music dances of 1900-1910. Although maybe after a few of these you may be looking at getting your trot-on.


  • 1 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 oz 7-Up or Sprite
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • fresh cranberries

Combine the bourbon, sprite and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then strain into the cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries.

Other Thanksgiving cocktails:

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