12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #7: The Grinch

The GrinchOne of the most eagerly awaited moments each holiday season is the annual airing of the Dr. Seuss classic ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘. Produced and directed by Chuck Jones, the animated show features the voice of horror movie legend Boris Karloff as the voice of the narrator and the Grinch.

The Grinch’s sour personality is tasted through the melon liqueur. The maraschino cherry represents his heart, which was ‘2 times too small’.

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.

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The sun is going down, It’s Nuitini time!

Madtini Nuitini
Tonight is the fifth anniversary of Toronto’s all-night contemporary Nuit Blanche. Art installations will take over the streets, buildings, parks and courtyards throughout the city for 12 hours from 7pm to 7am. The Madtini crew is layering up and getting ready for a night of fun (and a whole lot of walking).

To help us stay up night we’re going to need a lot of coffee, so why not create a cocktail using it. We mixed up a delicious combination of strong black coffee, amaretto, cream, chambord and simple syrup, topped off with a healthy tablespoon of whipped cream. We’ve dubbed it the Nuitini.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 1 1/2 oz Cream
  • 3 oz strong dark coffee
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1 tbsp of simple syrup
  • whipped cream

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a splash healthy tablespoon of whipped cream.

Cheers and see you on the streets tonight.

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Jalapeno Margarita – Cinco de Mayo #4

Jalapeno Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita

“Some like it hot, and some sweat when the heat is on…” not sure why that song by PowerStation popped into my head. I think it might have had something to do with the intense heat flowing through my entire face after taking a sip of this blended jalapeno margarita. Now, if I can just remember not to rub my eye again after slicing jalapenos I’ll be doing OK.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz tequila
  • thin slices of japaleno pepper
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp simply syrup
  • 6 celery leaves
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 tbsp agave nectar

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt  to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili rim. add the slices of jalapeno to the blender, add lime juice, simple syrup and the celery leaves – pulse until the pieces are chopped. Add triple sec, agave nectar and tequila and blend until smooth. Strain into the martini glass and garnish with the rest of the jalapeno pepper.