They said it shouldn’t be done: The Spicy Swiss Dip

Madtini Spicy Swiss DipSwiss Chalet has been an institution in Canada since 1944. Its rotisserie chicken is the meal of choice, but it wouldn’t seem complete without a cup of dipping sauce standing silent guard nearby. Friends of Madtini swear by it and some even complete their meal by joyfully chugging the remaining sauce.

As the Madtini Labs crew were constructing the drinks for the Dexter Season 5 premiere, we had a thought. If the drink dubbed The Butcher could contain beef broth, why couldn’t we use Swiss Chalet dipping sauce. After the laughing died down we thought “why the heck not?’

It only took us a week and half to build up the courage to try it. Local clergy and personal physicians tried to talk us out of it, but we carried through to the end. The drink is not for the faint of heart, but does not taste much different than The Butcher. Its spicy, its different and its awesome. I double-dawgdare you to try it.


  • 2 oz Swiss Chalet dipping sauce
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • dash of tomato juice
  • 6-8 splashes of Tabasco
  • ground pepper
  • Cajun spices

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain over ice into a rocks glass rimmed with Cajun spices. Add a couple of turns of black pepper. Your taste buds won’t know what hit them.

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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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Drink like a Pirate Day: The Mad Pirate

Mad PirateIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 1/2 oz Baileys
  • Tabasco – dash to your tolerance level


Secure your parrot, then combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Add several dashes of Tabasco depending on your tolerance to awesomeness. Shake it like you were just keel-hauled, strain and serve to your fellow pirates in a chilled cocktail glass.

Cheers, mates!

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