5 Essential Drink Links You May Missed This Week

5 Drink Links for March 5This week’s drink links include instructions on how to create two legendary cocktails; the Sazerac and Absinthe. You’ll also find a great set of coasters that look like warehouse pallettes, a transatlantic search for the best martini and a drink inspired by the latest ramblings of Charlie Sheen. Cheers til next time.

1 / The Sazerac, the Original New Orleans Cocktail
It’s been said that the word ‘cocktail’ originated in New Orleans in the early 19th century, and the official cocktail of New Orleans is the Sazerac. Learn how to make the Sazerac cocktail just in time for Mardi Gras.

2 / Drink Coasters fit for any Warehouse
Labryinth Design Studios in Barcelona, Spain has sets of very cool palette-styled drink coasters for sale on their site. They come in packages of 5 for €14,90.

3 / Stirred not Shaken
Graham Boynton, Travel Editor of Telegraph Media Group goes on a transatlantic bar crawl in search of the perfect martini with leading barmen and mixologists in London and New York.

4 / How to Make an Absinthe Cocktail
Match 5 is National Absinthe Day in the united States. Learn how to make the legendary cocktail favored by Hemingway, Van Gogh and Degas.

5 / I got Tiger Blood, Man!
The real-life Charlie Sheen show continued this week with some great quotes ever including this one “I have a different constitution, I have a different brain; I have a different heart; I got tiger blood, man.” In response TY KU has come up with the TY-ger Blood, a tweaking of the Bloody Mary using Sake instead of Vodka.

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5 image in collage by Leo Reynolds used under CC license.

Madtini’s 6 Kissable Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Six Kissable Cocktails for Valentine's Day February 14th is only a few days away, and that means that Madtini Labs is awash in feelings of love, affection and inappropriate suggestions… which in reality is nothing that unusual for the weekend.

So, white our HR department deals those pressing issues we’re posting our collection of 6 Kissable Cocktails for St. Valentine’s Day.

We noticed once we had narrowed our choices down, there seemed to be an obvious focus on dessert inspired cocktails. That’s not necessarily a good thing for our already tenuous grip on a few of our new year’s resolutions.

Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day from the team at Madtini.

1. Raspberry Truffle Martini

Raspberry Truffle Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Kahlua
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • whipped cream
  • dark chocolate shavings

Preparation
Combine the vodka, Kahlua and Chambord in a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

2. Raspberry Souffle Martini

Raspberry Souffle Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz White Creme De Cacao
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh Raspberries

Preparation
Combine chambord, vanilla vodka and creme de cacao

Pour the Raspberry Liqueur, Vanilla Vodka, and Creme De Cacao into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. To make this into a true dessert, add a dallop of whipped cream topped with fresh raspberries.

3. Agave Kiss


Ingredients

  • 2 oz Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz double cream
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • white chocolate shavings
  • fresh raspberries

Preparation
Wet the rim of a cocktail glass and roll the edge in white chocolate shavings. Place 3-4 ice cubes in cocktail glass in place in the freezer. Combine the tequila, creme de cacao and chambord in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds. Add the double cream and stir well. Remove glass from freezer and strain contents of shaker into it. Skewer 3 fresh raspberries and serve.

Here’s hoping you’re making these two at a time

4. Chocolate Swirl Martini

Chocolate Swirl Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 2 1/2 oz Half & Half
  • Chocolate Shavings

Preparation

Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove the glass and create swirls inside the glass using chocolate syrup, return the glass to the freezer.

Combine the vodka, creme de cacao and white chocolate liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake well, add the half & half and stir.

Remove the glass from the freezer, add a tablespoon of white chocolate liqueur to a shallow glass. Turn the glass in the liqueur, then turn it in the chocolate shavings.

5. Strawberry Flirt

Strawberry Flirt
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 oz Fragoli Wild Strawberry liqueur
  • 3 oz Prosecco (we used Villa Sandi)

Preparation
Chill two champagne flutes. Combine the vodka and wild strawberry liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake for 6-7 seconds and then add to the chilled flute glasses. Add Prosecco and garnish with several fresh sliced strawberries. Serve, savour and enjoy.

6. German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake Shot
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • 2 oz Brown Creme de Cacao
  • Splash of Malibu Coconut Rum
  • Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Chocolate Flakes

Preparation
Combine the Jagermeister and Creme de Cacao in a stemmed shot glass. Add a splash of Malibu Coconut Rum and Butterscotch Schnapps and you’re ready to roll. Add a few flakes of chocolate to garnish.

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A Madtini Night Out at the LCBO Classic Cocktails 1960s Soirée

LCBO Classic Cocktails 1960s Soirée

Thursday was a very special night out for Madtini. The LCBO hosted a 1960s-inspired party at The Carlu in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of their new Classic Cocktails website and mobile site.

The evening’s star attraction was Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, who gave a short talk on classic 60s style.

The folks attending the event were arriving in style as well (heck I even wore a tie). Take a look at some of the 60s-inspired fashion on The Hip and Urban Girl’s Guide and It’s All Style to Me blogs.

(and hey, for a fun drinking game, do a shot every time you read the word ‘classic’ in this blog post)

The website features recipes for 24 classic cocktails, appetizers, product information and a flipbook version of the Classic Cocktails magazine. Do yourself a favour and pick up the magazine the next time you visit an LCBO store.

First off Madtini has to thank Anita Clarke of  I Want I Got for hooking us up with 2 invites for this great party.

The soirée took place in the classic round room at The Carlu. The Carlu alongwith the Design Exchange are two of the best examples of Art Moderne style architecture in Toronto, and was a perfect venue for this celebration of classic cocktail culture.

The event featured live musical of the the circle of fifths, great food, and two bar set-ups serving expertly crafted classic cocktails. The bartenders were making drinks with flare, juggling the bottles and garnishing with style.

Cocktail Time

It was now time for the most difficult part of the evening, choosing which cocktail to try first. After some deliberation we went with an ice-cold Grey Goose Vodka Martini as our first choice.

We moved on to the Negroni next made with Broker’s Premium Gin, Campari and Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth. If I can pass along one party tip, it would be don’t lean over to ask the bartender a question while he’s making the orange flambe garnish. Eyebrows are awesome and it’s nice to leave the party with both of them.

For our third and final drink of the evening our server recommended a Rusty Nail, made with Johnnie Walker Black Scotch and Drambuie.

The classic cocktails served this evening were a welcome change from the sweet drinks that made up most of our Christmas and New Year’s drinks. Which of these 24 classic cocktails are your favourite?

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From the Madtini Lab – 10 Creepy Cocktails for Halloween

Madtini Halloween Cocktails
Halloween weekend 2010 is finally here, and its time for the Ghouls, Goblins, Naughty Nurses, Snookis and Elvis’ (or is it Elvi) to hit the streets, basement parties and bars. We’ve spent the past few weeks looking around for fun Halloween-themed drinks for your spooky cocktail parties. We narrowed it down to 10 and here they are!

Cheers and Happy Halloween from Madtini!

Boo-Berry Vodka Martini1. Boo-Berry Martini
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz sweet & sour syrup
  • 2 ripped up basil leaves
  • 8-10 fresh blueberries

Preparation
Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lemon juice. Turn the glass in a shallow plate of sugar to cover the rim. Muddle the blueberries and ripped up basil leaves in a cocktail shaker until they are shredded. Take a deep whiff of the beautiful mix of smells. Add the sweet & sour syrup, triple sec, blueberry flavoured vodka, and 4 ice cubes. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

The Blood Lust Martini2. Blood Lust Martini
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz Creme de Cassis
  • 1 oz Sweet & sour mix
  • 8-10 blueberries
  • 4 fresh blackberries
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 3 fresh strawberries, sliced and hulled

Preparation
Muddle the berries together in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 2-3 maraschino cherries.

Madtini Walk with a Zombie3. Walk With a Zombie
Ingredients

  • 1 oz white rum
  • 1 oz golden rum
  • 1 oz 151 dark rum
  • 1/2 oz apricot brandy
  • 1/2 oz amaretto
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice except the 151 dark rum & grenadine. Shake well then strain into a tall cocktail glass. Add the 151 dark rum and grenadine to the top of the drink. Garnish with an orange wedge and two maraschino cherries.

The Monster Mash4. The Monster Mash
Ingredients

  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz Malibu Coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz vodka

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a blender along with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with two thin slices of apple.

Dark Chocolate Martini5. The Dark Chocolate Martini
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka
  • 2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz chilled Espresso
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • 1 tbsp grated dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Preparation
Grate a generous chunk of dark chocolate. Combine a tablespoon of dark chocolate and sugar in a small plate. Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a wedge of orange. Turn the cocktail glass in the dark chocolate and sugar to cover the rim. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

Mad Eye Madtini6. Mad-Eye Martini
Ingredients

  • 3 oz Gin
  • Splash of Dry vermouth
  • Radish and olive eyeball

Preparation
Peel the skin from a radish leaving traces of red to resemble veins. Carve out a hole in the radish big enough to place an olive into. Pour vermouth in to chilled cocktail glass.

Black Cat7. The Black Cat
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Black Sambuca

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few espresso beans.

Dark and Spooky8. The Dark & Spooky
Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz dark rum
  • Juice of one Lime
  • Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the dark rum and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then pour over ice in a rocks glass. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a wedge of lime and a large black spider.

Dra-Kahlua9. The Dra-Kahlua
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Cognac
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into your chilled martini glass. Add a blood-orange wedge s garnish.

Root Beer of all Evil10. Root Beer of all Evil
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Three Olives Root Beer Vodka
  • 4 oz Jones Soda Root Beer
  • 3/4 oz Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 scoop Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream

Preparation
Pour the vodka and root beer over ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

Halloween Cocktails #6. The Mad Eye Martini

Mad Eye MadtiniOur Halloween version of the classic martini may get you a few puzzled looks around the party. The great thing about this cocktail is that your drink can stare right back at them.

Create your mad eyeball with a peeled radish and an olive stuffed with pimento, instructions are below.

Cheers and Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Gin
  • Splash of Dry vermouth
  • Radish and olive eyeball

Preparation
Peel the skin from a radish leaving traces of red to resemble veins. Carve out a hole in the radish big enough to place an olive into. Pour vermouth in to chilled cocktail glass

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