Madtini’s Hot Cocktails of Winter – Cinnamon Stick Cocktail

Cinnamon Stick CocktailToday’s ‘Hot Cocktail of Winter’ is the Cinnamon Stick Cocktail. The aroma of cinnamon from this drink  fills up the senses but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the drink at all. The taste of cinnamon arrives as a warm, subtle aftertaste within the warm apple cider. The taste of the spiced rum arrives on the tongue shortly after the cinnamon has faded away a bit. This drink is a great way to warm up your entire body and fill your senses with cinnamon aroma after a cold winter stroll.

As I examined my cinnamon stick I wondered, “where the heck does cinnamon come from?”

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the cinnamon trees. The trees are cut back allowing small shoots to develop at the base of the stump. The outer bark is peeled from these branches allowing access to the inner layer. This layer is removed and as it dries it curls into the cinnamon stick shape that we are familiar with.


  • 1 oz Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • 1 oz Goldschläger
  • Apple Cider


Fill a mug with hot water and sit aside for a minute. Heat up apple cider in a shallow sauce pan, remove from heat before it boils. Empty the mug and quickly dry the inside. Add the spiced rum and Goldschläger to the warmed mug, then pour in the hot cider. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

Madtini Thanksgiving – Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail

Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail

While we do love Billy Corgan and the music of the Smashing Pumpkins, this is a cocktail tribute to the delicious spicy taste of pumpkin and cinnamon. Happy Thanksgiving from the Madtini Labs crew.


  • 1 1/2 oz Goldschälger Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys Irish Creme
  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz pumpkin spice syrup
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick

Combine the cinnamon schnapps, Baileys and Kahlua in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Other Thanksgiving cocktails:

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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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Drink like a Pirate Day: ‘Ol Spiced Sailor

'Ol Spiced SailorIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Goldschlager Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 1 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 oz hot water

Place 8 ice cubes into a dish towel, add a cinnamon stick, pound the ice with a rolling pin until its well broken up. Pour the ice and broken cinnamon into a rocks glass. Mix the fresh lemon juice and brown sugar with the hot water, add rum and cinnamon schnapps. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick, and serve to your First Mate.


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