The Irish Mojito

Irish Mojito
We had just finished up our collection of Madtini cocktails for Saint Patrick’s Day when we spotted this drink posted at RecipeGirl.com. We’re a sucker for Mojitos all year round and this sounded too good to not try. Check out the original Irish Mojito post at RecipeGirl.com.
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz rum
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • juice of half a lime
  • juice of quarter of a lemon
  • splash of club soda
  • splash of creme de menthe
  • lime wedge

Ingredients
Muddle the juice of half a lime and mint leaves in a mixing glass. Add the rum, sugar and lemon juice. Add ice and shake the contents. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a splash of club soda, then drizzle creme de menthe so that it settles in the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Adapted from an awesome post at RecipeGirl.com.

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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Madtini’s Hot Cocktails of Winter – Cinnamon Stick Cocktail

Cinnamon Stick CocktailToday’s ‘Hot Cocktail of Winter’ is the Cinnamon Stick Cocktail. The aroma of cinnamon from this drink  fills up the senses but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the drink at all. The taste of cinnamon arrives as a warm, subtle aftertaste within the warm apple cider. The taste of the spiced rum arrives on the tongue shortly after the cinnamon has faded away a bit. This drink is a great way to warm up your entire body and fill your senses with cinnamon aroma after a cold winter stroll.

As I examined my cinnamon stick I wondered, “where the heck does cinnamon come from?”

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the cinnamon trees. The trees are cut back allowing small shoots to develop at the base of the stump. The outer bark is peeled from these branches allowing access to the inner layer. This layer is removed and as it dries it curls into the cinnamon stick shape that we are familiar with.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • 1 oz Goldschläger
  • Apple Cider

Preparation

Fill a mug with hot water and sit aside for a minute. Heat up apple cider in a shallow sauce pan, remove from heat before it boils. Empty the mug and quickly dry the inside. Add the spiced rum and Goldschläger to the warmed mug, then pour in the hot cider. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

Madtini’s Hot Cocktails of Winter – Hot Spiced Butter Rum

Hot Spiced Butter RumToday is a perfect day to start our “Madtini Hot Cocktails of Winter” Series. Today, we woke up to several inches of fresh new snow, minus temperatures and a nose biting wind chill factor. Every few days over the next week or so, we’ll post a new drink that we’ve tried, that will hopefully do a little bit to take away the chill from our long cold winters. And a request to Madtini.com readers in warmer climates, we’re very open to opening up a Caribbean headquarters for Madtini.

Tonight’s ‘Hot Cocktail’ is the Hot Spiced Butter Rum, a smooth combination of spices, rum and ‘real’ butter. Cheers to warmer days

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp finely minced lemon rind
  • 3 pinches of cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Boiling water
  • tsp unsalted butter

Preparation

Start with light brown sugar, add ground cloves, cinnamon, diced lemon rind, nutmeg – then top it off with Sailor Jerry spiced rum, boiling water and a generous teaspoon of ‘real’ unsalted butter. Toss in a cinnamon stick to get things stirred up.

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Drink recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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 #8: Winter Whiteout

Winter WhiteoutCorby Distilleries has made Canada the first and only place you can enjoy new Malibu Snowflake rum this winter. The specially designed bottle has a cutaway reminiscent of a snow globe that reveals small flakes of coconut floating in the rum. To celebrate the launch the Toronto Institute of Bartending used Malibu Snowflake to mix up a few special cocktails like the 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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #9: Snow-jito

Madtini Christmas Snow-JitoWe’re pretty sure that Ernest Hemingway never toasted the holiday season at the La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana with our version of the classic Mojito. But we’re sure he would have enjoyed one of Madtini’s Snow-jitos, made with a healthy pour of the limited edition Malibu Snowflake Rum. Even our testers were pleasantly surprised how well the flavours of coconut liqueur, rum, mint and lime came together.

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.

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Adapted from the Taste of Cuba website

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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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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