3 Fresh Drinks to Welcome the First Day of Spring

Spring CocktailsSpring is about to… hmm, well spring on Sunday and it’s time we look forward to thoughts of warm days, sunny patios, lake wharfs and long sandy beaches.

Today, the folks here at Madtini are toasting the first day of spring with three great vodka cocktails. We’re using Prairie Organic Vodka from the heartland of Minnesota, where I’m sure they’ll be glad to see warmer days too.

 

as the common base across these drinks – and just for good measure we’ve picked up some Kiwi, strawberry and blueberry to bring some colourto the festivities.

Bring on the patios! Cheers, and happy first day of spring from Madtini.

Blueberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

Blueberry Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with blueberries and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add whole blueberries.

Kiwi Basil Vodka Cocktail

Kiwi Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 3 slices of kiwi fruit

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with kiwi slices and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a slice of kiwi fruit as a garnish.

Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 1/3 cup quartered strawberries

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with strawberries and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a sliced strawberry as a garnish.

Honey Vanilla Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz water
  • 1/4 oz granulated sugar
  • 1/4 oz honey
  • seeds from half a vanilla bean

Preparation
Combine water and sugar at medium heat. Once sugar dissolves, add honey and contents from the vanilla bean.

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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.

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Another sunny patio and a Kiwi Mint Madtini

Kiwi Mint Madtini

Kiwi Mint Madtini

Summer is is full swing at Madtini Labs and we’re just coming off the first heatwave of the summer. The sun is out and the patios are open. Here’s a refreshing cocktail featuring the fresh taste of mint and kiwi ideal for fun in the sun.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 kiwi fruit
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Simple sugar

Preparation:

Muddle the mint leaves and kiwi fruit, add simple sugar and ice cubes. Shake vigorously  and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leave, then sit back and enjoy.

Cheers and happy times on the patio

Madtini Cocktail Smackdown II – Feb 06

Madtini Cocktail Smackdown II

Kiwi Martini VS. Bailey's Chocolate Martini VS. Red Hot Chili Martiini

Welcome to the second Madtini Cocktail Smackdown. Tonight we went for a wide variety of flavours and it turned into a three-way battle for the ages, from sweet to hot to fruity to chocolatey. Which drink will reign supreme, vote now on the Twtpoll below!

Competitor 1 – Kiwi Martini (Kiwitini)

  • 3 oz vodka
  • Juice from Half a lime
  • Tspn of simple syrup

Muddle one kiwi in a cocktail shaker with simple syrup. Add ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lice of kiwi

Competitor 2 – Bailey’s Chocolate Martini

  • 2 oz Bailey’s
  • 1 oz crème de cacao
  • 1 oz vodka
  • Mint sprig

Add Bailey’s, Creme de Cacao and Vodka to cocktail shaker full of ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add a sprig of fresh mint.

Competitor 3 – Red Hot Chilitini

  • 1 chili pepper
  • 2 oz vodka
  • nectarine
  • ½ oz simple syrup

Clean chillies, remove seeds, muddle the chili with nectarine with simple syrup and Vodka. Shake well with ice, strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.