It is the Most Important Meal of the Day – the Breakfast Martini!

The Breakfast Martini

The Breakfast Martini

Dear neighbour, I understand you are a keener, but seriously who starts mowing the lawn at 7:30 am anyways – the only thing missing is a leafblower, but I guess I’ll have to wait til fall for that pleasure.

OK, now that I’ve got that off my chest its time to make a drink and ease into the real weekend. To me it all begins when you wake up on Saturday morning, the less plans you have the better. Friday night you’re still shaking off the reality of the week, Saturday is a day full of opportunities, anything could happen if you’re playing it right.

So, with that in mind we present the Hendricks Breakfest Martini – yummy Orange Marmalade mixed with Triple Sec and one of the most delicious Gins out there, Hendricks. Cheers, it’ll make you forget you forgot to pick up bacon.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Hendricks Gin
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/4 oz dash of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp orange marmalade
  • Toast

Preparation
Add 1 tsp of orange marmalade to the gin in a cocktail shaker, stir until it mostly dissolves. Add triple sec, lemon juice and 3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Add small triangles of buttered toast with orange marmalade. Whistle for rover to bring in the Saturday paper, loosen the bathrobe a bit, then sit back and enjoy.

Maybe make a second one and take it over to the neighbour. What’s the worst that could happen?

Kentucky Margarita – Cinco de Mayo Bourbon Bonus!

Kentucky Margarita

Kentucky Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Well, its no surprise that we eventually ran out of tequila after making upall those delicious Margaritas. Well it turned out that we still had plenty of Jim Beam Bourbon left from Saturdays Derby Day Mint Juleps. A quick click to the Jim Beam website and we found several drink recipes. We decided that the Kentucky Margarita was a natural choice to finish of the day. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • splash triple sec
  • splash sour mix
  • lime wedge

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with the wedge of lime and then turn the glass upside down in a small plate with a sprinkling of coarse salt. Combine 3 oz of Jim beam Bourbon and a splash of Triple Sec in a cocktail shake with several ice cubes. Shake and then strain into the martini glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

Cranberry-Lime Margarita – Cinco de Mayo #6

Cranberry-Lime Margarita

Cranberry-Lime Margarita

Blueberries, limes, pineapples, strawberries, jalapenos… sometimes I think we spend just as much time in the produce section as we do at the LCBO (as they call the Liquor Stores in Ontario). Hey wait, wait, wait… hold the horses, we haven’t tried cranberry juice yet! How about a Cranberry-Lime Margarita we found posted on the forums at Tequila.net (yes, we bookmarked that site for later investigation). We made our necessary Madtini adjustments based on our depleted inventory and whipped one up for the crew.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz sauza tequila
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • dash of agave nectar
  • cranberry juice
  • couple drops of hot sauce

Preparation
Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a wedge of lime. Add coarse salt and chili powder to a small plate and turn the rim of the martini glass to create a salt & chili powder rim. Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake and then strain into the cocktail glass.

Salty Chihuahua – Cinco de Mayo #3

Salty Chihuahua

Salty Chihuahua

‘Yo quiero Salty Chihauhua!’ Much love and rest in peace dear Gidget.

Ingredients (makes 4)

  • 4 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • grapefruit slice for garnish
  • coarse salt from cocktail glass rim

Preparation
Wet the rim of 4 cocktail glasses and dip into coarse salt. Pour an oz of tequila and 1/2 oz of triple sec over crushed ice into each of the glasses. Top with grapefruit juice and stir. Garnish with a fresh slice of grapefruit.

Strawberry-Lime Margarita – Cinco de Mayo #2

Strawberry-Lime Margarita

Strawberry-Lime Margarita

Our Cinco de Mayo margarita posts continue. Next into the blender went the frozen strawberries… two drinks, lots of tequila and still all fingers intact.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz tequila (or just say when)
  • 16 oz frozen whole strawberries
  • 1/2 cup instant-dissolving sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz triple sec

Preparation
Combine the frozen strawberries and sugar in the blender and pulse until they are chopped well. Next, stir the tequila, lime juice and triple sec in a separate glass. Gradually pour the mixture into the blender until the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into cocktail glasses rimmed with coarse salt. Garnish with a slice of lime.

New Moon Cocktail

New Moon Cocktail

New Moon Cocktail

New Moon, the second installment of the Twilight movie series, hit the theatres this weekend and ousted The Dark Knight for single day domestic box office record with $72.7 million – the Friday haul for the Twilight sequel includes a record $26.3 million from midnight screenings alone!

Apparently vampires and werewolfs in love with teenage girls is big box office these days.

Here at Madtini World Headquarters we’re fans of the HBO tv series True Blood and we willingly admit to watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer a time or two and reading some Anne Rice and even some Laurell K. Hamilton novels.

But the thing with the Buffy series and the True Blood series as well as the Rice & Hamilton novels is that the “human” love interest of the vampires is  never just merely human. Buffy was the Slayer. Sookie Stackhouse can hear thoughts and communicate telepathically (and I’m guessing there’s more of Sookie’s powers to discover).

In the Rice novels most of the novels were just about the vampires but even when Mona Mayfair (a powerful “witch”) fell in love with newly made vampire Quinn Blackwood it wasn’t long until she became a vampire too.

In the Twilight series, teenage Bella is the love interest of 100+ year old Edward and new werewolf Jacob. While I can understand what Bella and Jacob have in common, being approximately the same age, I cannot even fathom what a vampire, who has been 17 for 100 years, would have in common with a girl like Bella.

So – as a matter of practicality, I’m placing #teamMadtini firmly in the #teamJacob camp. And in celebration of the first weekend box office success of New Moon (which we have not seen) we give you the New Moon Cocktail. Gin, Triple Sec, lime and tonic – it’ll make you howl at the moon…

New Moon Cocktail

3 parts Gin
3 parts Triple Sec
1 part lime juice
4 parts tonic water

Combine all ingredients and stir. Serve over ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with wedge of lime.

Week 14: The Zentini

madtini_zentini_week14I must remain calm, I must get through the next 39 weeks before the premiere of Season 4 of Mad Men. I can always watch Season 1 & 2 DVDs, I can dress up my cats like the Sterling Cooper account team – would you like another yummy-kitty-treat Lil Kenny Cosgrove? See, I’m already starting to lose it, I don’t even have cats!!

The end of Season 3 was awesome, seeing our favorite characters come together to stage the Agency Coup and seeing the beginnings of the new Sterling Cooper Draper & Pryce take shape was exciting. We’ll start coping tonight by watching the remake of The Prisoner and somehow we’ll hold on to March for the equally great Breaking Bad (but we have no plans to introduce any form of meth to our cocktail mix) :-/

So, let’s all remain calm, stick together and support each other – and of course enjoy weekend cocktails. Tonight its the appropriately named ‘Zentini’.

Recipe

1 1/2 oz of white rum we have Bacardi!)
1/2 oz of lime juice
1/2 oz of triple sec
1/2 oz of blue curacao

Combine the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass full of crushed ice.

Cheers as always from Madtini World Party Headquarters

Jellybean Infused Vodka Martini – Week #12

_IMG_5760And who are you supposed to be? Those are the words that ended last week’s episode of Mad Men. So, who are you supposed to be, really… are you the Don Draper, debonair Madison Avenue ad guy or Dick Whitman, unwanted son of a prostitute and hillbilly escapee. Betty knows, the other Mrs Draper knows, Bertam Cooper knows something – and thank goodness the increasingly vindictive Roger Sterling doesn’t know (yet).

We’re only a few hours away from a new episode of Mad Men, the time change is here, Halloween is over. There’s nothing we can do about the time change, hopefully you were able to gain some sleep or maybe even party a little longer on your Saturday night.

The day after Halloween means one thing, candy is on special. So, let’s take advantage of that fact and add a little candy to this week’s cocktail. This recipe originally called for candy-corn. After an exhaustive search of local stores, candy corn was nowhere to be found, but jellybeans were.

Recipe (Makes 2 Drinks)

Ingredients

Add to the infused vodka:
1/2 cup jellybeans (I used the white to prevent weird coloring)
1 1/2 cups vodka

For the rest of the cocktail:
1 3/4 ounces orange juice
1/4 triple sec
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 large egg white
Black and orange Jellybeans for garnish

Directions

1. To infuse the vodka: Combine the white jellybeans and vodka in an airtight container; set the container aside for at least 3 hours, then strain
2. Make the rest of the cocktail: Add 4 ounces of the jellybean-infused vodka, the orange juice, triple sec, lemon juice and egg white to a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes
3. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain the mixture into 2 chilled martini glasses and garnish with the black and orange jellybeans

As always, cheers from Madtini World Headquarters. Hope you had a great Halloween and good luck in November.

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving – The Canadian Stone Fence… Cocktail of the Week #9 –

week9_stonefenceIt’s Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and we’re just waking up from a traditional post turkey coma-nap. This year, at Madtini World Headquarters we decided to skip the traditional oven-baked bird, and prepared a delicious turkey pizza (photos here) – you can see all the delicious details here. But, of course we couldn’t ignore our self-appointed duty to provide the people of the internet with our weekly cocktail recommendation.

A quick Google search brought us to this list of cocktails assembled specifically for Canadian Thanksgiving. We were sold on the ‘Canadian Stone Fence’ when we saw that it included delicious Apple Cider.

So, its not going to be easy, but now it’s just a matter of staying awake until tonight’s episode. Remember today is all about the Turkey and not the Duck (for the love of god Peggy, smarten up!!)

The Canadian Stone Fence Cocktail (makes one cocktail)

  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz Canadian Club (Canadian whisky)
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup

Mix all the ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker or blender. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cheers and take a moment to be thankful, but first pass those turkey leftovers over here buddy!