Welcome to fall and a MacIntosh Cocktail

MacIntosh Cocktail

Fall is well underway here in Madtini-ville, but being so close to Lake Ontario we haven’t seen the wide variance of fall colors amongst the leaves that you might see if you drove north of the GTA (Greater Toronto area) or southeast to upper New York State and the rest of New England. In fact, as I ran out to collect maple leaves in the area I was frustrated to find a few golden leaves but nothing at all in the crimson red variety.

Well, despite the lack of colorful leaves, we were still inspired by this drink recipe post on the Cape Cod Today website. This turned out to be a pleasant surprise and one of the most taste-balanced drinks we have tried out recently.


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Canadian Club
  • 1 oz Sour Apple Liqueur
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of apple.

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Speak… I mean Drink like a Pirate Day with the Madtini Crew

“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest — Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Well, shiver me timbers it looks like it’s “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” again already. It seems just yesterday that I was annoying friends, colleagues and strangers with pirate-ish expressions such as “Arrrrrrrrrr we having fun yet?” or “No, that’s not my wooden leg, its just the ways my pants are cut.”  Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 1995 by two non-pirates John Baur, a.k.a. Ol’ Chumbucket and his pirate-in-crime Mark Summers a.k.a. Cap’n Slappy in Albany, Oregon. It grew over the next few years, thanks to media mentions and websites featuring Pirate-Name Generators and Pirate Translators. By the way, my Pirate name came out as Pirate Argus the Pink.

In the spirit of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” we’re going to drink like pirates. . . which basically means we’re going to drink spiced rum, sport eye patches and bandanas and well, basically, annoy the neighbours.

Here are six Pirate Day drinks that may just shiver your timbers. And remember guys, always pillage responsibly.

So as Blackbeard said – “Damn ye, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, I’m a better man than all of ye milksops put together” – which I think means ‘Thanks I’ll have another”… or maybe not.

Note: We used Sailor Jerry as the spiced rum for these drinks, for the image, the taste and the whole story behind the brand.

Cheers, and glad you could join us for fancy drinks for pirates. See you next year!

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Cranberry-Lime Margarita – Cinco de Mayo #6

Cranberry-Lime Margarita

Cranberry-Lime Margarita

Blueberries, limes, pineapples, strawberries, jalapenos… sometimes I think we spend just as much time in the produce section as we do at the LCBO (as they call the Liquor Stores in Ontario). Hey wait, wait, wait… hold the horses, we haven’t tried cranberry juice yet! How about a Cranberry-Lime Margarita we found posted on the forums at Tequila.net (yes, we bookmarked that site for later investigation). We made our necessary Madtini adjustments based on our depleted inventory and whipped one up for the crew.


  • 2 oz sauza tequila
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • dash of agave nectar
  • cranberry juice
  • couple drops of hot sauce

Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili powder rim. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – 12 Days of @Madtini Holiday Cocktails – Day 6

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


  • 1 1/4 oz rum
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine syrup
  • cranberry juice
  • maraschino cherry

Add the rum, lemon juice and grenadine into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add Cranberry juice to fill. Garnish with a lemon wedge and maraschino cherry.

The Wild Rumpus Cocktail

The Wild Rumpus Cocktail

The Wild Rumpus Cocktail

Having gone to see Where The Wild Things Are on Friday, @randymatheson and I decided to create a “Wild Rumpus Cocktail” tonight for week #10 of Mad Men.

Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book “Where The Wild Things Are” was first published in 1963 – the current year on the Mad Men series. Can you imagine what sorts of ideas that book would put into Miss Sally Draper’s overactive imagination? Or perhaps Bobby Draper would be inspired to become a real character and not Sally’s shadow.

So what then would one put into a cocktail called the Wild Rumpus? We figured rum had to be in a Wild Rumpus so white rum is the base. And when considering that the Wild Things themselves seem to be a little of this and a little of that … what with mixing horns and feathers and scales and fur… we figured we’d just toss a little of this and a little of that into a cocktail shaker and see what happened. After all… a wild rumpus has no limits… it has no agenda… it’s just a rumpus feeling the joy of being a rumpus…

So… here we go… The Wild Rumpus:

2 parts white rum

2 parts blue curacao

2 parts cranberry juice

a dash of lime juice

Violently toss all of the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Violently shake it, toss it, dance around and howl like a Wild Thing. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

We love the crazy purply colour this turned out to have. And to quote Max… Let the Wild Rumpus begin!

Cheers to better decisions this week! – a Broker’s Promise – Week #8

week8_brokerspromiseWowzers, i think i’ve only started to recover from seeing Duck seduce Peggy last week – it took me three days to be able to eat solid foods again. Last week’s episode of MadMen was full of folks making bad decisions.

Don picks up hitchhikers (uh oh), drinks while driving (don’t do it ever), takes a barbituate (oh wait, why not have two) and then joins a couple of teenagers in their hotel room (dumb, dumb, dumb). He’s almost asking to be knocked out and then robbed… and then he does.

Peggy goes to return the scarf gift to Duck in his room (shudder), then next thing she knows, Duck is offering to remove her clothes with his teeth (double shudder). Then next thing you know, Bob’s your uncle and Duck and Peggy are doing the ol’ familiar horizontal mambo. I think it was at that moment that I lost consciousness and missed the next 5 minutes.

Anyways, onwards and upwards – we’re heading into Week #8 of Mad Men – and we decided to try a fresh fruity drink. Mind you its still full of gin. Our cocktail this week is the ‘Broker’s Promise’ – featuring delicious Broker’s Premium Dry Gin, straight out of the 200 year-old distillery in Birmingham, England.

See the recipe below… and strawberries are never a bad decision.

Broker’s Promise

1 oz Broker’s Premium Dry Gin

2 oz Cranberry Juice

2 oz Lemon-Lime Soda

Frozen sliced Strawberries

Fill a glass with ice, pour in 1 oz of gin, add the 2 oz cranberry juice. Then pour in 2 oz of lemon-lime soda (I chose 7-up) – then garnish with frozen sliced strawberries.

Cheers to a great week and better decisions!