The Double-Zee Pineapple Pepper Mojitotini – The DZZPPM for short

Double-Zee Pineapple Pepper Mojitotini

Double-Zee Pineapple Pepper Mojitotini

I couldn’t let it rest. After Zaigham Zulquernain (@zaigham_inc on Twitter) invited me out to Proof Vodka Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel on Bloor Street to celebrate his birthday, it occurred to me that the Madtini Lab Intoxicologists had not created a special drink for him. Zaigham has been a longtime supporter of Madtini and we’ve schemed a few ideas over the past year. I partially blame the oversight on the fact that our crew was catching up on Season 2 of True Blood before the new season started (dang you Sookie Stackhouse!!).

The night at Proof was all about the Mojito. Now ask anyone around the labs and they’ll tell you no one loves a delicious Mojito more than I do. I searched around for something just a bit out of the ordinary and found it on the Bacardi web site – behold the Pineapple Pepper Mojito. We stuck to the recipe on the site, but of course we like our martini glasses – so of course we served it up Madtini-style. The drink turned out to be a delicious combination of mint, pineapple and lime. The best thing about it is… I made enough for two.

Cheers from Madtini and Happy Birthday Zaig!! (a week late and a buck short)


  • 1 1/2 oz Bacardi Rum
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 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 8 peppercorns and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Muddle lightly to mix the flavours. Add a handful of crushed ice. Pour the rum over the ice and add the pineapple juice and club soda. Garnish with a chunk of fresh pineapple.

Welcome to Derby Day – The Madtini Mint Julep

Madtini Mint Julep

Madtini Mint Julep

Its Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs in Louisville and the horses will soon be at the gate to race for the first jewel in the Triple Crown. There’s still time to make yourself a Mint Julep, the iconic Kentucky Derby cocktail. This potent cocktail became the signature drink for the Derby in 1938 when the drink was served in souvenir glasses for 75 cents a piece. Today its said that the Kentucky Derby serves more than 80,000 of these drinks over the two days of the event.

The Mint Julep first appeared as a ‘wake-up and get at ‘em’ drink for the farmers going in agricultural regions on the east coast. I can’t imagine downing one of these cocktails and being very productive, but folks were made of heartier stock back then I assume.

Cheers from the Madtini Intoxicology Team… we’re off to buy some fancy hats and place our bets.


  • 3 oz Kentucky Bourbon
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • tablespoon of quick dissolving sugar

Rub the surfaces of five mint leaves and place them in the bottom of a glass. Add a teaspoon of sugar and warm water. Stir the ingredients. Add 3 oz of bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint leaves.