Southside Royale Champagne Cocktail

Southern Royale Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • Champagne, or sparkling wine
  • Sprig of mint


Add the gin, simple syrup and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake then strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a sprig of mint.

via Food & Wine

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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

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

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*

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

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

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

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


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

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 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

  • 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

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

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.


  • 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

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

4 Delicious Thanksgiving Madtini Cocktails

It's a Madtini Thanksgiving
While the glorious warm weather this weekend certainly seems like summer, one look at the calendar, and one deep sniff of the air tells us that’s its Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. The turkey is almost ready, the vegetables are cooking and the Thanksgiving cocktails are on the table at Madtini Intoxicology Labs. Here are four of our favorites.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving from Madtini!

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Drink like a Pirate Day: Minty Pirate Skull

Minty Pirate SkullIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bourbon
  • mint leaves


Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the ingredients like a ship tossed on the sea for 6-7 seconds, strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a dozen Spanish gold dubloons… or a few mint leaves, depending on what you have laying around the galleon.

Cheers, ye scurvy dog!

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Direct from the Riviera Maya – the Mayan Chocolate Mojito

Mayan Chocolate Mojito

Mayan Chocolate Mojito

Its not a huge secret that most everyone here at Madtini loves Mojitos, the blast of freshness from mint leaves will leave anyone’s taste bugs craving more. We’ve made Mojitos with a hint of maple syrup,  as well as pineapple and peppercorns.

We’re always on the look out for new ideas for Mojitos, and we stumbled upon a listing this for a Mayan Chocolate Mojito created by the Karisma Hotels Resorts in the Riviera Maya in Mexico. If you’re a chocolate lover you’ll love the combination of fresh mint, lime and lush chocolate.

Cheers and happy lounging


3/4 oz simple syrup
1 ½ oz white creme de cacao
½ oz white rum
4 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime


Muddle the lime pieces, simple syrup and mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Strain into an cocktail glass field with ice. Add the creme de cacao, top with rum and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Pretty in Pink… Watermelon Gin Fizz

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Few things helped to beat the summer heat when we were kids than slices of delicious watermelon. The summer heat and humidity seems relentless this year, so we thought it would be a great idea to pick up some watermelon. As we returned to Madtini headquarters we began thinking about what kind of cocktails we could make using watermelon, and the search was on.

We found this great recipe by Donna Diegel from Providence, R.I. on While the preparation seemed a bit daunting at first, our intoxicology crew sprang into action cutting up watermelon to get this drink started. After a few minutes of blending, straining, mixing we had a table full of these tasty and refreshing drinks.

Ingredients (makes 4-6-ish)

  • 1 1/2 cups of gin
  • 2 cups strained watermelon juice
  • 10 mint leaves, chopped fine
  • 1 cups simple syrup
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish
  • Club soda


Cut up 1/2 small seedless watermelon (removing rind). Drop into a blender with the simple syrup and 10 chopped up mint leaves. Blend, then strain through two sheets of paper towel places in the bottom of a colander. Squeeze the paper towel to get the rest of the juice through. Add the juice of one lemon and chill in the freezer until its cold.

Serve over ice with chilled gin, add club soda and garnish with a sprig or mint and a wedge of watermelon.

Cheers and happy Saturday chilling!

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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.


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


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

I’d tap that… Up close with the Maple Mojitotini

Maple Mojito

Maple Mojito

Earlier this week we posted our Double Zee Pineapple Pepper Mojitotini. We couldn’t resist another mixing up another Mojito. It was a no-brainer, we already has a bunch of mint sprigs and no where to use them. Which reminds me – the Madtini Labs balcony herb garden is still not started. I’ll add it to the ‘To Do’ list for next week.

Another quick sprint over to the Bacardi site, and we spotted this beauty in the Mojito section: The Maple Mojito. We adjusted things for the cocktail glass and added a ‘tini’ to the end and we were in business.

Dear Bacardi, you had us at Maple. We are Canadian, it is my kryptonite, whether it appears in syrup, cookie or donut form.


  • 1 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 oz club soda

Rub the mint around the rim of the cocktail glass. Add the leaves to the glass. Squeeze the juice from half a lime and add that to the glass. Add a tablespoon of maple syrup. Muddle lightly to mix the flavours. Add a handful of crushed ice. Pour the rum over the ice and top with cub soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.