8 Maple Syrup Cocktails That Will Tap Your Taste Buds

Maple Syrup CocktailsWinter is finally on the run and spring is well… springing. That means that the sap is running in the sugar maple woods of the Northeast and it’s time to think about heading to the sugar shack for a fresh supply of maple syrup for our pancakes, waffles and of course cocktails.

The drink experts here at Madtini have assembled a collection of 8 of their favorite maple syrup sweetened cocktails.

1. Maple Manhattan

Maple Manhattan Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry on a pick for a garnish.

2. No’Easter

Nor'easter Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • splash of Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add a splash of ginger beer on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

3. Maple Leaf Cocktail

Maple Leaf Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

4. Kicking Cow Cocktail

Kicking Cow Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1 oz light cream
  • 1 oz pure maple syrup
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cinnamon stick to garnish.

5. Old Fashioned Canadian

The Canadian
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • crispy bacon

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and 2 dashes of bitters, stir to mix. Add ice cubes and rye whiskey Add a crispy strip of Canadian bacon to garnish.

6. Filibuster Cocktail

Filibuster Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 egg white
  • lemon twist

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a twist of lemon to garnish.

7. Maple Syrup Martini

Maple Syrup Martini
Ingredients

Preparation
Add the vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass, add ice and stir well. Pour out half the liquid and add bourbon and maple syrup. Shake well, the strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

8. Maple Kiss

Maple Kiss
Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a fresh raspberry as garnish.

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2 Cocktails Face-off – the Flame-tini vs the Habs Whisky Sour

Flame-tini & Habs Whisky Sour Tonight MacMahon Stadium in Calgary is the site of the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic between the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadians. With a game time temperature of – 1o C we’re hoping the fans in the stadium have invested in some personal anti-freeze. We’re quite happy to be watching the game on TV from the safe and warm confines of the Madtini World Headquarters lounge.

At first we thought we’d simply enjoy a few beers during the game (as we’ve been known to do), but we did some searching on the Interwebs and came up with a few cocktail references to honour the two teams in the game.

The Flame-tini is based on the Calgary Flames Martini (that 4 oz of dry vermouth has to be a typo, eh?), which we read is popular in the restaurants, bars & clubs along the Red Mile. The Habs Whisky Sour is based on The Bronze, a drink created during the Vancouver Winter Games to honour the other previous Canadian host cities (which did include Calgary).

Cheers, stay warm and have fun.

The Flame-tini

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • splash of vermouth
  • 1 oz Canadian Club
  • 1 oz peach schnapps

Preparation
Combine the gin, raspberry liqueur, vermouth, whisky and peach schnapps in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and toast to stripey socks.

Habs Whisky Sour

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Canadian Club
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of maple syrup
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Cinnamon brûlée crust

Preparation
Combine whisky, maple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Add a maraschino cherry and the crust of a cinnamon brûlée. Eat the rest of the brûlée as you sip and toast to 24 Stanley Cups.

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Dexter’s Back! Four Drinks fit for any Crime Scene

Dexter Cocktails

Everyone’s favorite serial killer of serial killers Dexter Morgan is back for a 5th season tonight. The crew here at Madtini Intoxicology Labs have an ongoing argument about whether we should officially count the silliness of Season 3 featuring Jimmy Smits. Nothing personal Mr. Smits but wow, just wow that story arc was, well just lameness incarnate. Moving on, Season four ended in an ending or all endings, we didn’t see it coming and we admit to sitting in utter shock staring at our TV in disbelief. Now, how will Dexter cope with all that has happened. The preview trailer has us drooling in anticipation.

In honor of the Season Five premiere, the crew at the Labs present you with four great drink mixes fit for any crime scene. Click the links below for the ingredients and preparation instructions. I must go supervise the Madtini interns as they clean up the fake blood splatter in the kitchen… errrr, I mean Labs.

Cheers to all Madtini and Dexter fans.

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Taste the Rainbow – the Vodka Pridetini

Vodka Pridetini

Vodka Pridetini

Today, Madtini Intoxicology Labs salutes Pride Toronto with a rainbow garnished Vodka Pridetini. July 4th,  marks the 30th anniversary of the Toronto Pride Parade, which began in an air of discrimination of the Gay & Lesbian community, and is now celebrated as part of the diverse mix of this city. The 10 day festival has become the largest Pride celebration in North America and the 3rd largest in the world.

We’ve garnished our Pridetini with yummy Skittles representing the colours of the rainbow flag. The rainbow flag was adapted by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, and has been popularized as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride. The six colours represent the diversity in the gay community: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (harmony), and purple/violet (spirit).

Join us today, and celebrate Madtini’s pride in our great friends in LGBT community in Toronto and around the world.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 oz Vodka
  • splash of Dry Vermouth
  • Skittles
  • Pride

Preparation
Take a chilled martini glass, add a splash of vermouth and swirl it around the inside of the glass. Quickly pour out the excess vermouth. Pour chilled vodka into the glass and garnish with a skewer of rainbow skittles, and drink with pride.

Cheers and stay fabulous my friends!

Life is a Grind – The Black Pepper Madtini

Black Pepper Martini

Black Pepper Martini

We’re huge pepper fans here at Madtini Labs and when one of our Lab Intoxicologists saw this recipe on Chow.com for a Black Pepper Martini, we knew we had to try it. Its the not the type of drink you can turn around in a few minutes so make sure you have enough time in advance to make the syrup. The taste comes through as sophisticated with a warm peppery aftertaste. Highly recommended.

Cheers and happy Sunday from Madtini Labs!

Black Pepper Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz dry Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Black Peppercorn Syrup (recipe below)

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir with a spoon, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Black Peppercorn Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbspn whole peppercorns
  • 1 tbspn cracked peppercorns

Preparation

  • Combine the water, sugar and peppercorns in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and then let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes
  • Let the mixture cool to room temperature
  • Store in a sealed container. Can last 2-4 weeks

I’ve got the Blues… the Caribbean Blues (week #7)

caribbeanbluesWe’re on week 7… and we’ve decided to expand our palette of cocktail colour and bring on the blue, specifically Curaçao Blue – and introduce a little vodka to the proceedings as well. This week’s cocktail of the week is the Caribbean Blues.

If you don’t know (and I didn’t before now) Curaçao liqueurs are traditionally made from dired peels of the laraha cutrus fruit, a fruit similar to an orange – named after the Dutch island of Curaçao. To create the liqueur, the laraha peels are dried, bringing out their sweetly fragranced oils.  After soaking in a still with alcohol and water for several days, the peels are removed and other spices are added.  The blue colour is totally decorative (it does look purty) but the orange flavour still jumps right out at you.

Cheers and bottoms up from the lounge at Madtini World Headquarters!

Information from Wikipedia

Caribbean Blues (serves 4 – or 2 here at Madtini)

1 1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz Blue Curaçao

1/2 oz dry vermouth

crushed ice

Mixed all ingredients gradually, serve over crushed ice for best results.