An Hawaiian Martini – Happy Birthday Grace

Hawaiian MartiniI don’t think it’s any coincidence that our friend Grace was born on April Fool’s Day. But putting the Lei’d jokes aside (for a moment), she is lucky enough to be on her way to warm Hawaii for a week of sun, fun, tall drinks, cool waves and hot lava (well, hopefully not hot lava).

To celebrate her birthday and her trip, we asked our Senior Staff Madtini Intoxicologist to work late on Friday creating an original drink from scratch. He refused, so it was up to our new weekend intern Muffy to come up with something special. She managed to find a great drink recipe and mix up an Hawaiian Martini featuring pineapple and cranberry juice and just enough vodka to make us forget we’re still here in Toronto.

Hauʻoli lā hānau Grace! (means Happy Birthday, we looked it up on the interweb) If you see any Kona Gold Coffee Liqueur during your trip you know what to do.

1 1/2 oz Vodka
2 oz Pineapple Juice
2 oz Cranberry Juice
Wedge of pineapple

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve with a wedge of pineapple.

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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.