12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #1: Christmas Cosmo

Christmas Cosmo The Cosmopolitan originated in the 1970s in either Provincetown, MA, Minneapolis, or San Fancisco, depending on who you are talking to at the time. But no one can argue that its popularity really exploded during the glory days of ‘Sex & the City’. This holiday version of the ‘Cosmo’ adds the taste of rosemary to the equation. Add a few cranberries and this drink is ready to for any ‘sophistimacated’ Christmas celebration.

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.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: the Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101I’m not naming names or pointing fingers here at Madtini Labs today, but I’m pretty sure someone had replaced all of my jeans with exact duplicate pants that are 1-2 sizes smaller. While that investigation goes on and another turkey sandwich is consumed, we’re going to do something about the Wild Turkey leftovers.

We’re going to keep it simple, bourbon on the rocks, but fancy it up a bit with a couple of fresh cranberries skewered onto a rosemary sprig.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Rosemary Sprig
  • Cranberries

Preparation
Skewer several fresh cranberries onto a sprig of rosemary. Pour Wild Turkey Bourbon over ice in a rocks glass.

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Andrea’s Rosemary Pear Madtini

Rosemary Pear MartiniAndrea, a friend and coworker has a pear tree in her yard. This week we were blessed with with the best of this year’s bountiful crop. What better way to celebrate the harvest than with a delicious vodka drink featuring the freshly squeezed juice of the pears. We found a great drink on the website for the Cirque de Masse, which are great creative holidays held in the Loire Valley, France. I didn’t know where it was either, so here’s a Google Map link.

The drink was designed by their resident mixologist Wayne. Everyone at Madtini Labs salutes Wayne with this refreshing summer drink. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 1 measure Vodka
  • 2 measures Fresh Pear Juice, filtered
  • ½ Lime, Freshly Squeezed
  • 2 Small Sprigs Rosemary
  • Pear slice for garnish

Preparation

Remove leaves from a sprig of rosemary and place in a cocktail shaker with lime juice. Muddle the rosemary and lime for around 30 seconds or so. Add ice, vodka and pear juice. Shake the ingredients vigorously and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a spring of rosemary and a slice of pear.

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