The Citrus Jalapeno Kicker

Citrus-Jalapeno Kicker

Another spicy drink for the weekend. Adapted from the Metrocurean, who adpated it from the Clementine Kicker at Kelly Liken’s Washington, DC restaurant cocktail menu. From all of the gang here at Madtini, we give this cocktail a solid thumbs up.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz citrus vodka
  • 1 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • 1 slice of fresh ginger
  • 1 slice of jalapeño

Preparation

Place the lime juice, ginger slice and jalapeno into a cocktail shaker. Muddle it together for 30 seconds or until its nicely mashed up. Add agave nectar, citrus vodka and ice. Shake well and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cheers to spicy cocktails

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Not just a great song by the Clash… London’s Burning!

London's BurningNeed something to heat up your Saturday night? We had purchased jalapenos last week and were thinking of a few ways we could use these in a drink. A quick web search brought up a few interesting possibilities including the London’s Burning, a mix of muddled lime, avocado and jalapenos.

The cocktail was invented by Anthony Go, a bartender at Mahi Mah’s Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Saloon in Virginia Beach, WV. If you’re in that neighborhood, drop by and have the real thing.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz of London Dry Gin
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1/4 avocado
  • juice of 1/2 a lime

Preparation

Muddle the juice of half a lime, slices from half a jalapeno and 1/4 avocado pulp to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and gin, shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the other half of the jalapeno.

Cheers, and here’s the Clash!

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Attention Fangbangers and Mad Men – the Hot & Dirty Cajun Martini

Hot and Dirty Cajun Martini

Hot and Dirty Cajun Martini

Sunday nights can be a confusing time for a cable TV viewer and cocktail enthusiast. One minute you’re watching sexy southern vampires battling it out with half-naked werewolves, the next you’re watching smart and sexy ad folks battling it out with each other or small-minded clients. Don’t even get me started on how confused we can get flipping over to Entourage during the commercials. Wait, was that Johnny Bravo playing ping-pong with Peggy… oh wait, nevermind that’s John Stamos.

This drink may not help ease that confusion, but you might stop caring after a few of these start hitting the spot. Remember, you can always ask your friends at work what happened – or find it on the magical and mysterious interwebs.

We started by slicing up 2 jalapenos on Friday night and added them to 6 ounces of vodka, then left them for 48 hours, producing a gin infused with a spicy bite.  Add an ounce of olive brine and you’ll be riding hot and dirty like the Sunday night staff here at Madtini Labs.

Cheers and enjoy True Blood, Mad Men and Entourage tonight!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Vodka
  • 1 oz olive brine
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • olives stuffed with pimento

Preparation

Slice 2 jalapeno, muddle gently and add it to several ounces of vodka, set aside for 48 hours. Chill the cocktail glass with 2 ice cubes for 2-3 minutes. Add the infused vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Serve, site back and put down the remote control.

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Happy 143rd birthday Canada – Enjoy a Tijuana Caesar!

The Tijuana Caesar

The Tijuana Caesar

Happy 143rd birthday Canada, you don’t look a day over… hmmm… 129??

There’s little doubt that the Caesar is Canada’s National cocktail.  If you’ve been keeping your eye on the Mott’s Facebook Page over the past month or so, you’ll know that there are hundreds of Caesar lovers from across the country that have been expressing their enthusiasm for this scrumptious drink.

We took our love of the Caesar south of the border, thanks to a recipe we found in the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine. The Tijuana Caesar kicks the concept of the Caesar up a notch or two with a couple of dashes of Chipotle sauce a jalapeno pepper and of course using the Extra Spicy edition of Mott’s Clamato.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz gold tequila
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili sauce
  • 1/4 lime
  • 3 oz spicy clamato
  • garnish jalapeno chili pepper
  • cajun seasoning

Preparation Rim a martini glass with fresh lime and cajun seasoning. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add the tequila, worcestershire sauce, chipotle sace, juice of 1/4 of a lime and 3 oz of extra spicy Mott’s Clamato. Stir to mic and garnish with a jalapeno pepper.

Cheers and happy Canada Day, let the fireworks begin!

Madtini celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Hey, hey its Cinco de Mayo again, a day that has become synonymous with the celebration of Mexican pride and heritage. Now, before we kick back and enjoy a few Madtini margaritas, its history lesson time. There just might be a test, you never know.

So, in case you didn’t know, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican’s army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. However, its not an official holiday in Mexico, but it is observed throughout Canada and the United States, and in the opinion of everyone here at Madtini its the perfect excuse to toast the day with a little tequila.

Join us in our salute to Cinco de Mayo with a scrumptious lineup of seven tequila-based cocktails (we even snuck a little Bourbon into one, leftover from Mint Julep day). Why seven? Wouldn’t five make more sense? Well maybe… but you try stopping at five, we couldn’t.

Jalapeno Margarita – Cinco de Mayo #4

Jalapeno Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita

“Some like it hot, and some sweat when the heat is on…” not sure why that song by PowerStation popped into my head. I think it might have had something to do with the intense heat flowing through my entire face after taking a sip of this blended jalapeno margarita. Now, if I can just remember not to rub my eye again after slicing jalapenos I’ll be doing OK.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • thin slices of japaleno pepper
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp simply syrup
  • 6 celery leaves
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 tbsp agave nectar

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt  to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim. add the slices of jalapeno to the blender, add lime juice, simple syrup and the celery leaves – pulse until the pieces are chopped. Add triple sec, agave nectar and tequila and blend until smooth. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with the rest of the jalapeno pepper.