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

Preparation
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

Preparation
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*

Preparation
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
Ingredients

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

Preparation
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

Preparation
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

Ingredients

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

Preparation
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.

Join the Madtini party on Twitter and Facebook

Agave Kiss

Agave KissYou don’t often thing of adding tequila to a creamy drink, however it works great in this case. The initial taste of the chocolate and raspberry comes surrounded by the full bold taste of the tequila. It’s creamy texture and smoothness is deceptive, this kiss really packs a punch.

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
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

Join the Madtini party on Twitter and Facebook

A Boxing Day Treat – The Wildberry Snowjito

Wildberry SnowjitoIt’s boxing day here at Madtini Labs, and everyone is kicking back after the rush and craziness of Christmas and the pre-holiday shopathon and party season. We have all the discount electronics we can use so we are staying away from the sales and enjoying these Wildberry Snowjitos made with Malibu Snowflake Rum.

If you missed it we used Malibu Snowflake Rum for 2 of our 12 Days of Madtini Cocktails; the Snowjito and the Winter Whiteout.

Ingredients

  • 8 blueberries
  • 6 raspberries
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 3 wedges of lime
  • tsp of sugar
  • 2 oz Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 3 oz Club Soda

Preparation
Muddle the blueberries, raspberries, lime wedges, sugar and mint leaves in the bottom of a high ball glass. Fill glass with ice cubes and pour in Malibu Snowflake Rum and Club Soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Join the Madtini party on Twitter and Facebook

Drink adapted from a Micah Dew (askmybartender.com) article in the Edmonton Journal.

Madtini’s 12 Days of Holiday Cocktails

12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails
This is our second ‘Madtini 12 Days of Cocktails’ list. It’s been a fun challenge finding new and interesting drinks to share. We hope all of the Madtini readers have a safe and happy holidays. Remember to enjoy your drinks in moderation, and never drink and drive. Have a sober friend drive you home, take a cab, transit or stay over.

Merry Christmas from the entire Madtini Labs crew, even Manuel our unpaid olive-pitting intern who is still recovering from a recent garnishing incident gone horribly wrong. Our best wishes are with his family at this difficult time. (and yes, we are kidding – Manuel is just fine and has been deservingly promoted to Junior Ice Management Technician… still unpaid) ; )

1. Christmas Cosmo

Christmas Cosmo
Ingredients

  • 2 oz rosemary infused vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • rosemary sprig
  • frozen cranberries

Preparation
Chop up a few sprigs of rosemary and add them to your vodka for a few days. Add the rosemary vodka, cointreau and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake a few times and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Spear a few cranberries with a rosemary sprig and then float it on top of the drink.

2. Very Berry Xmas

Very Berry Xmas
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka
  • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Preparation
Combine the raspberry vodka, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add 3-4 raspberries as a garnish.

3. Eggnog Martini

Eggnog Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz eggnog
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz amaretto
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon

Preparation
Combine the eggnog, vodka and amaretto in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well then strain into a chilled martini glass. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon on top and serve.

4. Poinsettia Cocktail

Poinsettia Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz prosecco
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 strips orange zest

Directions
Combine prosecco, vodka and cranberry juice in a large-stemmed wine glass. Add the crushed ice and stir gently as the mixture becomes completely chilled. Drop in the strips of orange and serve to your eager guests.

5. Candy Cane Martini

Candy Cane Martini
Ingredients

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 oz creme de cacao
  • 1 oz  light cream
  • crushed candy canes

Preparation
Crush a candy cane into a fine dust. Wet the rim of the glass with peppermint schnapps, drip it into the crushed candy cane dust and place in the freezer to chill. Combine the peppermint schnapps, vodka, creme de cacao and light cream in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake a few times and strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a candy cane and serve.

6. The Warhol Crush

Warhol Crush
Ingredients

  • 12 fresh rosemary needles
  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
  • 2 oz cranberry juice

Preparation
Strip off a dozen rosemary needles and add them to the bottom a mixing glass with the raspberries and simple syrup. Muddle the items gently. Add ice, then add vermouth and cranberry juice. Shake the ingredients, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three raspberries speared by a rosemary sprig.

7. The Grinch

The Grinch

Ingredients

  • 3 oz of Melon Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz of fresh lemon juice
  • tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 Maraschino cherry

Preparation
Add the melon liqueur, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain and serve. Add a maraschino cherry as a garnish representing the Grinch’s shrunken heart.

8. Winter Whiteout

Winter Whiteout
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Malibu Snowflake Rum
  • 2 oz of White Cranberry Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Twist of Lemon

Preparation
Fill a highball glass full of ice. Add the Malibu Snowflake Rum, white cranberry juice and club soda; stir. Add a twist of lemon as a garnish and serve with a smile.

9. Snow-jito

Snow-jito
Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation
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.

10. S’Mores Delight

S'Mores Delight
Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz. dark rum
  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Baileys
  • Toasted marshmallows

Preparation
Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of a cocktail glass and then place the glass in the freezer to chill.

Combine the creamy peanut butter and chocolate syrup together in a glass, stir in the Kahlua until the mixture is well blended. Continue to stir in the vodka, dark rum and Baileys. Add the mixture to a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well until the mixture is chilled. Strain the mixture into the chilled cocktail glass. Roast two marshmallows over a flame and then add to the drink and serve.

11. Mexicocoa

Mexicocoa
Ingredients

  • 1 oz. blanco tequila
  • 6 oz. Baileys
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Splash of agave nectar
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon stick

Preparation
Add cocoa powder, chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a saucepan on low heat. Stir lightly for a few minutes until you can begin to smell the roasting spices in the air. Using a wooden spoon, slowly add the Baileys. Bring the mixture to a slow simmer. Next, stir in the agave nectar and then remove from the heat. Rim your mug or cocktail glass by dipping it into a saucer of agave nectar and then into a saucer of paprika. Add the tequila, then the hot cocoa and Baileys mixture. Stir with a cinnamon stick and then serve.

12. The Three Wise Men

Three Wisemen
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. Jagermeister
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

Preparation
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir, then pour into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #6: The Warhol Crush

Christmas Crush What do Andy Warhol and the Christmas holidays have in common? It turns out quite a bit actually. Andy illustrated and designed a gorgeous series of Christmas cards for Tiffany & Co. between 1956-62. In addition, Andy created a 33-minute film of Soren Agenoux’s play of Charles Dicken’s Christmas Carol in 1966.

Now that we have a solid connection made between Andy Warhol and the holidays, we can justifiably include the ‘Warhol Crush’ as one of our 12 Days of Madtini Cocktails. This drink was published in 2008 as part of Martini & Rossi’s ‘Factory Drinks’ campaign, revisiting the work that Andy Warhol did for the iconic Italian makers of vermouth  in the ’50s and ’60s. You can make a safe bet that we’ll be featuring the rest of these drinks on an upcoming Madtini post.

Ingredients

  • 12 fresh rosemary needles
  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
  • 2 oz cranberry juice

 

Preparation
Strip off a dozen rosemary needles and add them to the bottom a mixing glass with the raspberries and simple syrup. Muddle the items gently. Add ice, then add vermouth and cranberry juice. Shake the ingredients, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three raspberries speared by a rosemary sprig.

Join the Madtini party on Twitter and Facebook