Releasing the Kraken with a Perfect Storm

Perfect StormThis week we couldn’t help but notice the the ad for Kraken Black Spiced Rum on the back cover of LCBO’s Trend Report magazine. The distinctive bottle, colour and label artwork really caught our eye, so when we saw it on the shelf tonight at the LCBO I knew we had to try it.

The description of the black spiced rum speaks of hints of chocolate and molasses cut with vanilla, cloves and undercurrents of cinnamon. That’s a lot of tastes to absorb – we definitely get the molasses, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon – not so much on the chocolate, but we’re willing to keep trying until we find it.

The feature was accompanied by a drink recipe for The Perfect Storm, a twist on the classic rum drink the Dark & Stormy. Here’s our slightly tweaked version.



Combine the ingredients in a cocktail glass with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake, then strain into a high ball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #7: The Grinch

The GrinchOne of the most eagerly awaited moments each holiday season is the annual airing of the Dr. Seuss classic ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘. Produced and directed by Chuck Jones, the animated show features the voice of horror movie legend Boris Karloff as the voice of the narrator and the Grinch.

The Grinch’s sour personality is tasted through the melon liqueur. The maraschino cherry represents his heart, which was ‘2 times too small’.


  • 3 oz of Melon Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 Maraschino cherry

Add the melon liqueur, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain and serve. Add a maraschino cherry as a garnish representing the Grinch’s shrunken heart.

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Spice up the weekend with a Candied Ginger Raspberry Martini

Candied Ginger MartiniGinger root is a versatile food that can be used for everything from a spice in cooking to helping to prevent motion sickness and nausea – so why not cocktails. The Candied Ginger Martini takes quite a bit of work, so make sure you have a few friends around to help you enjoy all the fruits of your labor.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup
    (1/4 oz honey / 1/4 oz water)
  • 4 raspberries
  • candied ginger slices for garnish

Candied Ginger: Create candied ginger slices by boiling a 3 cups of water in a shallow covered saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of thinly sliced ginger and 1 cup of sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes. Drain off liquid (save and use for ginger syrup), and place ginger slices in over at 200 degrees until slices are dry but still chewy. Let cool and cover the ginger slices in sugar and set aside.

Drink: Muddle a tablespoon of grated ginger, 4 raspberries and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, juices and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few pieces of the candied ginger and serve.

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This drink recipe was adapted from this post at

Sunday Sunday: a Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini

Raspberry Lemon Drop MartiniIts been a long Sunday afternoon in October, from a full breakfast at the local Irish Pub to Madtini Lab planning meetings to Halloween cocktail testing, not to mention the finale of Mad Men Season 4 coming up tonight. It was sheer luck that I was looking at my Twitter stream when one of our Madtini friends, Jennifer (@RealSweets) from LA had posted pictures of a couple of drinks she had enjoyed this weekend.

The one that caught our eye was a picture of the Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini. Our Madtini Lab intern quickly found a recipe online and we were in business. Enjoy!


  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sugar


Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a lemon. Cover the rim of the cocktail glass by turning it sugar laid out in a small shallow plate. Combine the vodka, lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Add the Chambord slowly by pouring it over an upturned spoon.

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Madtini Thanksgiving – Gobble-tini

Gobble-tiniI just learned on the Food Network that only male turkeys gobble, females make a ‘clicking’ noise (no comment from the Madtini Labs crew on that one). Other facts I discovered were: domesticated turkeys have approximately 3,500 feathers and have been bred to be white so that when plucked the feathers leave no discernible mark.


  • 2 oz cranberry-infused vodka
  • 3/4 oz chambord
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • fresh cranberries

Combine vodka, Chambord, lemon juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries.

Other Thanksgiving cocktails:

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Drink like a Pirate Day: Coconut Grove

Pirate Day BreezeIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz creme de bananes
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 6-7 seconds with out knocking your parrot off your shoulder. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple, lemon… and the cowardly still-beating heart your most hated pirate rival. If you have no current pirate rivals, substitute a maraschino cherry.

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Friday Night Madtini – The Hold Up

The Hold Up

The Hold Up

It’s Friday afternoon again and while scanning through the pages of the Complete Home Bartender’s Guide: 780 Recipes for the Perfect Drink we chose this drink recipe. Tonight’s Friday Madtini cocktail is the Hold Up, with its delicious mix of brandy, coconut rum, orange and lemon juice will make your taste buds jump up and salute the oncoming weekend.

Cheers and have a happy weekend!


  • 1 1/3 oz brandy
  • 2/3 oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 oz fresh lemon juice
  • dash gomme syrup


Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.