Say Bonjour to 5 Delicious Grand Marnier Cocktails

Grand Marnier cocktails
We dedicate this edition of Madtini to the delicious orange French liqueur Grand Marnier. The liqueur was first created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle and is made from a blend of cognacs and the distilled skins of bitter oranges. Grand Marnier uses only variety of orange, the Citrus Bigardia which are grown on their own plantation in the Caribbean. The peels are dried in the sun and then macerated and distilled to release their essence. The results are combined with aged cognac to create the final liqueur.

We’re featuring five of the most delicious cocktails from the list featured on the Grand Marnier website. Á votre santé!

Grand Cosmopolitan
Grand Sidecar
Grand Romance
Grand Mojito
Grand Ginger


Grand Cosmopolitan

Madtini Grand Cosmopolitan Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 dash lemon juice

Preparation
Add the Grand Marnier, vodka, cranberry juice and lemon to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.

Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Grand Sidecar

Madtini Grand Sidecar Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 3/4 oz cognac
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Add the Grand Marnier, cognac and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.

Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Grand Romance

Madtini Grand Romance Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash raspberry syrup*

Preparation
Add the Grand Marnier, cognac and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

*Raspberry Syrup Recipe
Ingredients

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Add the berries, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan. Stir slowly ad you cook over medium heat for 4 minutes until berries begin to release their juices.

Add 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth lined strainer.

Return the liquid to the saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups sugar. Stir the sugar until it dissolves, then bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the stove and let cool. The syrup can be refrigerator and stored for up to 3 weeks in a tightly sealed container.


Grand Mojito

Madtini Grand Mojito Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Half lime
  • 7 mint leaves
  • Crushed ice

Preparation
In a tall glass, add Grand Marnier and mint leaves. Add fresh lime juice from half a lime. Add ice cubes and top off with soda water.

Grand Ginger

Madtini Grand Ginger

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 4 oz ginger ale
  • Wedge of lime
  • Ice cubes

Preparation
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, pour in the Grand Marnier. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger ale. Squeeze the lime wedge over the drink and then add the wedges to the glass.

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The Irish Mojito

Irish Mojito
We had just finished up our collection of Madtini cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day when we spotted this drink posted at RecipeGirl.com. We’re a sucker for Mojitos all year round and this sounded too good to not try. Check out the original Irish Mojito post at RecipeGirl.com.
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz rum
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • juice of half a lime
  • juice of quarter of a lemon
  • splash of club soda
  • splash of creme de menthe
  • lime wedge

Ingredients
Muddle the juice of half a lime and mint leaves in a mixing glass. Add the rum, sugar and lemon juice. Add ice and shake the contents. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a splash of club soda, then drizzle creme de menthe so that it settles in the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Adapted from an awesome post at RecipeGirl.com.

6 Fiesta-Worthy Margaritas to Celebrate National Margarita Day

National Margarita DayTuesday, February 22nd is National Margarita Day in the U.S., and we will stand shoulder to shoulder at the bar in our giant sombreros with our southern brothers and sisters on this most important celebration.

The origins of the Margarita are disputed, and the Wikipedia page sums up some of the most popular theories. But, no one can argue that the Margarita is a dang good drink, in fact it was the most ordered mixed drink in America in 2008 according to Cheers On-Premise Handbook representing 18% of all orders (behind were Martini, Run & Coke, Vodka & Tonic and the Cosmopolitan). According to Brown-Forman in 2008 Americans ordered an average of 185,000 Margaritas per hour. Now that my friends is a happy hour!

Here are 6 of our favorites Margaritas. Set your blenders to awesome!

1. Classic Lime Margarita

Classic Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz Sauza Tequila
  • 1.5 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Spread salt in a small dish. Wet the rum of a cocktail glass (we need to do a resupply run on our Margarita glasses), turn turn the glass in the salt, covering the rim. Combine the tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake well for 5-6 seconds and then strain into the cocktail glass.

2. Strawberry Lime Margarita

Strawberry-Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1.5 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 4-5 frozen whole strawberries
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt for rim

Preparation
Combine the frozen strawberries and sugar in the blender and pulse until they are chopped well. Add the ice and pulse again. Next, stir the tequila, lime juice and triple sec in a separate glass. Gradually pour the mixture into the blender until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into cocktail glasses rimmed with coarse salt. Garnish with a slice of lime.

3. Blueberry Lime Margarita

Blueberry Lime Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/4 cup of ice
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 oz blueberry blend juice
  • 1 oz club soda
  • 1 tbsp frozen limeade
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Coarse salt for rim

Preparation
Add the ice to the blender,  pulse until crushed. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt. Lean Spanish, then pour and serve.

4. Cranberry Lime Margarita

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • dash of agave nectar
  • 2-3 drops of hot sauce
  • salt & chili powder for rim

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili powder rim. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass.

5. Jalapeno Lime Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita Ingredients

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

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.

6. Pineapple Chili Margarita

Pineapple Chili Margarita Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed pineapple juice
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp agave nectar

Preparation
Start by moistening the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder together on a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim (delicious!). Add the tequila, 1/2 tbsp on agave nectar, pineapple and lime juice to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass. Garnish with slices of lime and jalapeño.

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Madtini’s Hot Cocktails of Winter – Tequila CranApple Toddy

Tequila Cranapple ToddyOur ‘Hot Cocktails of Winter’ Series continues with a warm treat from south of the border. Combining apple cider, cranberry juice, tequila and a hint of orange.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz cups apple cider
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/4 oz triple sec

Preparation
Heat the cider and cranberry juice in a shallow saucepan. Remove from heat as steam begins to rise, do not boil. Add the tequila and triple sec. Pour into a warm mug and garnish with a twist of lime.

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Drink adapted from Food.com.

12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #9: Snow-jito

Madtini Christmas Snow-JitoWe’re pretty sure that Ernest Hemingway never toasted the holiday season at the La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana with our version of the classic Mojito. But we’re sure he would have enjoyed one of Madtini’s Snow-jitos, made with a healthy pour of the limited edition Malibu Snowflake Rum. Even our testers were pleasantly surprised how well the flavours of coconut liqueur, rum, mint and lime came together.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz of Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 3 oz of club soda
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp of sugar

Preparation
Muddle 4 mint leaves, lime juice and sugar in the bottom of a high ball glass. Add ice, rum and club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Adapted from the Taste of Cuba website

Happy 200th birthday Mexico! Feliz cumpleaños – El Diablo

El DiabloSeptember 16, 2010 is a day of celebration for Mexico. Today they celebrate 200 years of Independence from Spanish rule and 100 years since the Revolution began in 1910 and ousted dictator Porfirio Diaz. Its a chance for Mexicans to celebrate all over the world. We’re not Mexican, but tonight the Madtini labs is hopping with the sounds of Mariachi, awkward dancing and of course ice-filled cocktail shakers. And I swear another couple of these El Diablos and we’ll be brave enough for a round of amateur bullfighting.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 3/4 oz creme de cassis
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • ginger beer

Preparation

Combine tequila, creme de cassis in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass full of ice. Add in lime juice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a twist of lime.

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The Mapito – From Down Under and to the Left

MapitoI’m not exactly sure what a Mapito is, if you do please tell me. I did a quick search and seem to keep coming back to a mapito being some kind of bush tent.

I was looking for a way to use up extra cucumbers, and found this recipe on WonderHowTo.com from the bartenders from the Oyster Bar in Nelson, New Zealand. They’ve created a great video to take you through their methods of preparation.

Recipe

  • 3 oz of vodka
  • tsp of simple syrup
  • splash of club soda
  • lime wedges
  • cucumber slices
  • fresh mint leaves

Preparation

Wrap a handful of ice cubes up in a tea towel with several torn pieces of mint leaves. Fold the tea towel over and beat the living daylights out of the ice with anything handy. Once the ice is crushed, your arm is tired or the neighbors are complaining drain the ice into a highball glass.

Add 3 wedges of lime, tsp oz of simple syrup and 3 cucumber slices to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle the content until it is thoroughly mashed up. Add ice cubes and 3 oz of vodka. Secure top and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into the glass of ice and top with more torn mint and a splash of club soda. Garnish with 2 cucumber spears.

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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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