A Smashing Blackberry-Prosecco Cocktail – The Dark & Gloomy

Smashing Blackberry Prosecco CocktailThe name ‘The Dark & Gloomy’ is an inside joke between Madtini and a very good friend of ours who celebrated her birthday last weekend. Her favorite color is black and one of her favorite drinks is the Prosecco of her home country of Italy. We combined the dark delicious fruity flavor of blackberries, basil leaves, and the bubbles of Prosecco to create a delicious cocktail.

And, just in case you don’t know, Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine created from the Glera grape which has been up until last year known as the Prosecco. This variety of grape was named after the place it had originated, the northern Italian city of Prosecco. The most popular Prosecco cocktail is the Bellini, a mix of Prosecco and Peach purrée which originated in Venice in the 1930s and 40s.

Now that the history lesson is over, we’re going to ignore its more popular use and create a cocktail using blackberries, gin, sweet & sour syrup and top it off with some bubbly Prosecco. Pssst… we made one with strawberries and another with blueberries too, but those will have to wait until another day.

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh blackberries
  • 3 large shredded basil leaves
  • 1 oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 oz Sweet & Sour Syrup
  • 2-3 oz Prosecco

Preparation:

Muddle the blackberries and shredded basil leaves in the bottom of a rocks glass, add Gin & sweet and sour syrup and stir. Fill 3/4 of the glass with crushed ice, and top off with the Prosecco.

Join Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

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.

Join Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

I come from France: the Kir Madtini

Kir MartiniThe Kir cocktail is a popular appertif in France, it consists of 1/3 Creme de Cassis topped with 2/3 white wine. We found a recipe that uses Gin to create a Martini version of the traditional drink. This was our introduction to Creme de Cassis, the liqueur made from the black currant berry.

And now for the history lesson…

The Kir is named after Cannon Félix Kir, a priest who became a hero of the French resistance during World War II. He enjoyed the local white wines combined with Creme de Cassis. He was also mayor of Dijon from 1945 to 1968 and the the Kir became the official apertif at town hall receptions. The drink had previously been known as ‘vin blanc cassis’, but thanks to Cannon Félix Kir the drink became known as Kir.

Ingredients

  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 oz creme de cassis

Preparation

Combine gin, dry vermouth and creme de cassis in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass.

cheers… à votre santé!

Follow Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

Gin Basil Smash

Gin Basil Smash

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • basil leaves

Preparation
Muddle basil and simple syrup together in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, the gin and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh basil sprig and a slice of lemon peel.

Follow Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

Cucumber Basil Gin Cocktail

Cucumber Basil Gin Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz of agave nectar

Preparation

Slice 3 slices of cucumber. Muddle the cucumber slices, basil, lime juice and agave nectar in the cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a long slice of cucumber and a basil leave.

Follow Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

Blueberry Basil Gin Cocktail

Blueberry Basil Gin Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup
  • twist of lime

Preparation

Muddle the blueberries, basil, lime juice and simple syrup in the cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Drop in a dozen blueberries and garnish with a twist of lime and a basil leaf.

Follow Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

Kiwi Basil Gin Cocktail

Kiwi Basil Gin Cocktail Ingredients

  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 3 shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup

Preparation

Muddle the kiwi, basil, lime juice and simple syrup in the cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of kiwi and a basil leave.

Follow Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

Strawberry-Basil Gin Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail Ingredients

  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz of gin
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/4 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup

Preparation

Muddle the strawberries, basil and simple syrup in the cocktail shaker. Add 3 cubes of ice, the rest of the ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glasses and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Follow Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

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

Preparation

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!

Follow Madtini now on Twitter and Facebook

Fresh and delicious – The Beefeater Collins

Beefeater Collins with Coriander Leaves

Beefeater Collins

Two weeks ago, Madtini attended the Toronto Drinks Show, one of the freshest drink, a Beefeater Collins, came from the mixologists at the Beefeater booth. A typical Tom Collins, made with Beefeater 24 Gin and freshened up with a handful or torn coriander leaves. Beefeater is distilled from the neutral spirits with juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peels, angelica, liquorice, almond and orris root. So, pumping up the coriander is only going to enhance the flavours and bring even more freshness to the drink.

And yes I was curious to the origin of the term Beefeater too. The name is likely to come from the ration of beef (as well as veal and mutton) that were provided to the Yoeman Wardens, the guards of the British Royal Palace and the Tower of London. Sounds rational enough, so we’ll go with that.

The Beefeater Collins is a perfect drink for relaxing in a shady spot on the back porch or balcony and figuring out what the clouds overhead look like. There’s an elephant, a unicorn and hmmm… that one looks like Abe Vigoda. (and yes, he’s still alive)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Beefeater 24 Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Club Soda
  • Fresh Coriander

Preparation
Tear up a handful of fresh coriander leaves and drop into bottom of glass. Fill up the glass with ice, add Gin and lemon juice. Top with Club Soda and a few wedges of lemon.

Cheers and have a great sunny, happy, lazy Saturday from Madtini!