Cheers to the Big Easy… The N’awlins Hurricane

New Orleans HurricaneUnfortunately we can only be in New Orleans in spirit today for Mardi Gras (we did have a stack of pancakes though). If you are lucky enough to be there, we totally wish we were you.

Yesterday we posted four of the classic cocktails of the Big Easy – today we add one more, the classic New Orleans Hurricane: a tall glass of awesome fruit flavours with the kick of 3 kinds of rum.

Laissez le Bon temp rouler, y’all!

Ingredients

  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz Baacardi 151 rum
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • orange zest twist
  • maraschino cherry

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake then strain into a tall glass (Hurricane glass preferred) filled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry.

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Halloween Cocktails #4, The Monster Mash

The Monster MashIn 1962, struggling actor and singer Bobby Pickett was performing with his group The Cordials. One night he did a monologue imitation Boris Korloff while performing the song ‘Little Darlin’ by the Diamonds. The audience went nuts and his fellow band members encouraged Bobby to do something with the Karloff imitation.

Pickett was partially inspired by the current dance craze, the Mashed Potato. The “Monster Mash” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of 1962, just in time for Halloween.

This Monster Mash is a smooth blended drink, and it ideally suited to help any reluctant monster to get his dance-on.

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.

Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

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The Monster Mash cocktail was adapted from the Bar None Drinks web site.

Halloween Cocktails #3, Walk with a Zombie

Madtini Walk with a ZombieIts a week before Hallowe’en, but the thought of Zombies is never far from our minds here all year long at Madtini World Headquarters. We spent our Saturday afternoon undercover, as we walked arm in arm with the undead. Here are a few pictures to prove it. We are determined to be protected and not caught without supplies during the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse. We’re stockpiling rum, gin, tequila and vodka,  making sure the doors and windows are heavily secured and that we have adequate ammunition very close at hand. Double Tap!

Even though #22 of the Rules of Zombieland clearly states ‘No Drinking’, we have to stay true to the rules of Madtini. Rule #1 at Madtini states ‘have a good time, but know your limits and play within them’. There’s nothing more embarrassing (and potentially fatal) than partying too hard and waking up to a zombie nibbling on your fingertips.

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.

Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

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Friday Night Cocktail: Key Lime Pie Martini

Key Lime Pie Martini

Everyone deserves treat like a Key Lime Pie after a long hard week of work. So, what better way to enjoy your pie than in Martini form. The Madtini Labs’ version of this cocktail resulted in a great combination of lime and coconut flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • Splash of pineapple juice
  • ½ oz /half and half cream
  • crushed graham cracker

Preparation
Wet the rim of a cocktail glass with a sliced lime, turn the glass in a dish of crushed graham cracker to coat the rim. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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Speak… I mean Drink like a Pirate Day with the Madtini Crew


“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest — Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Well, shiver me timbers it looks like it’s “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” again already. It seems just yesterday that I was annoying friends, colleagues and strangers with pirate-ish expressions such as “Arrrrrrrrrr we having fun yet?” or “No, that’s not my wooden leg, its just the ways my pants are cut.”  Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 1995 by two non-pirates John Baur, a.k.a. Ol’ Chumbucket and his pirate-in-crime Mark Summers a.k.a. Cap’n Slappy in Albany, Oregon. It grew over the next few years, thanks to media mentions and websites featuring Pirate-Name Generators and Pirate Translators. By the way, my Pirate name came out as Pirate Argus the Pink.

In the spirit of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” we’re going to drink like pirates. . . which basically means we’re going to drink spiced rum, sport eye patches and bandanas and well, basically, annoy the neighbours.

Here are six Pirate Day drinks that may just shiver your timbers. And remember guys, always pillage responsibly.

So as Blackbeard said – “Damn ye, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, I’m a better man than all of ye milksops put together” – which I think means ‘Thanks I’ll have another”… or maybe not.

Note: We used Sailor Jerry as the spiced rum for these drinks, for the image, the taste and the whole story behind the brand.

Cheers, and glad you could join us for fancy drinks for pirates. See you next year!

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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

Preparation

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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Madtini’s Cocktails of Caribana – Piña Colada

Piña Colada

Piña Colada

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz – white rum
  • 2 1/2 oz – fresh pineapple juice
  • 3/4 oz – coconut milk
  • 1/2 oz – light cream
  • Fresh pineapple slice

Preparation

Combine the ingredients with 4-5 ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour lovingly into a martini glass. Garnish with a wedge of fresh pineapple and a maraschino cherry.

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Madtini’s Cocktails of Caribana – Dominican Loco

Dominican Loco

Dominican Loco

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz – Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz – Disaronno Amaretto
  • 1 oz – Coconut Cream
  • 1 tsp – Grenadine Syrup
  • 3 – 5 Dashes Milk
  • 1/2 oz – Fresh Pineapple Juice

Preparation
Combine ingredients in a blender with 4-5 ice cubes. Blend until smooth. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garish with a wedge of pineapple, pineapple leaf and a maraschino cherry.

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Pineapple-Chili Margarita

Pineapple Chili Margarita

Pineapple-Chili Margarita

Well, once we get started its tough to stop at just a few variations of the margarita. Pineapple juice and chili powder? Sure!

We found this great recipe on the Food Network site, and since we already had the jalapeno and limes sliced… there was no stopping us.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Sauza Tequila
  • 2 oz 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.