Halloween Cocktails #7, The Black Cat

Black CatIf this Black Cat ever crosses your path I guarantee it’s not bring you bad luck. A tasty blend of coffee, vanilla and licorice flavours will have you licking your lips until your bartender can bring you another one. If this doesn’t bring you to life, chew on the espresso beans for a wake-up call. Cheers!


  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Black Sambuca

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few espresso beans.

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Drink adapted from the Intoxicologist

Halloween Cocktails #5, Dark Chocolate Martini

Dark Chocolate Martini
Chocolate has been around from over 3000 years and has been used as a drink for nearly all of its history, and who the heck are we to mess with tradition. Below is our fifth drink recipe for Halloween, the Dark Chocolate Martini


  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka
  • 2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz chilled Espresso
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange juice
  • orange zest
  • 1 tbsp grated dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Grate a generous chunk of dark chocolate. Combine a tablespoon of dark chocolate and sugar in a small plate. Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a wedge of orange. Turn the cocktail glass in the dark chocolate and sugar to cover the rim. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

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The Dark Chocolate Martini is adapted from the Oct31.org website.

Its Madtini O’Clock! Walnut-Chocolate Martini

Chcolate-Hazelnut MartiniWe was blissfully unaware that last week was chocolate week, so forgive us as we play some catch up this week. We found this drink on the Domestic Sluttery blog, and it sounded too good to not try. The name describes it all, it turned out to be a an almost perfect blend of chocolate and hazelnut tastes.


  • 3/4 oz Frangelico
  • 1 1/5 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Creme de Cacao
  • Cocoa Powder

Wet the rim of a martini glass and coat the rim by turning it upside down and rotating it in a shallow dish of cocoa powder. Set the glass in the freezer to chill. Combine the rest of the ingredients on a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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Friday Night Cocktail: Key Lime Pie Martini

Key Lime Pie Martini

Everyone deserves treat like a Key Lime Pie after a long hard week of work. So, what better way to enjoy your pie than in Martini form. The Madtini Labs’ version of this cocktail resulted in a great combination of lime and coconut flavor.


  • 1 ½ oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • Splash of pineapple juice
  • ½ oz /half and half cream
  • crushed graham cracker

Wet the rim of a cocktail glass with a sliced lime, turn the glass in a dish of crushed graham cracker to coat the rim. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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It’s Harvest Time: Pumpkin Spice Madtini

Pumpkin Spice MadtiniBefore we even start, this drink is insanely delicious and the post contains a Neil Young link. You have been warned.

This week fall officially arrived in our area, and while we’d like summer to last forever, we’re ready for some cooler temperatures and the bounty of the fall harvest. (I can’t believe I just used the term ‘bounty’)

We’ve been looking to come up with a pumpkin flavored drink for quite a while and this Friday our Madtini Lab staff manage to combine several recipes and came up with a great-tasting combination. We tried two different ways to come up with the pumpkin spice syrup, including simply using pumpkin spice, pumpkin purée mixed with sugar and water or create our own pumpkin spice with pumpkin purée, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Using the separate ingredients to make up the syrup was definitely a winning combination for the Madtini Labs crew.

Ingredients (drink)

  • 1 oz Baileys
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin spice syrup
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon stick

Combine the vanilla vodka, Baileys, pumpkin spice syrup in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass, Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a healthy dab of whipped cream.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

  • 1 tbsp canned pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cloves


Combine water, sugar and pie filling in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. When the mix reaches a consistency of maple syrup, remove from stove, let cool then store in an air-tight container.

Cheers and Happy Harvest Moon drink fans. Here’s Neil Young’s gorgeous Harvest Moon to accompany your Pumpkin Spice Madtini. BTW, if somebody can figure out a way to get us any Pumpkin Liqueurs let me know.

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A campfire salute to a Toasted Marshmallow Cocktail

Toasted Marshmallow CocktailLast night I saw a tweet from someone drinking at the Bigfoot Lodge in Los Angeles. I did a quick search and made my way to their website – under drinks were fun sounding drinks like Girl Scout Cookie, Dudley Do-Right, Sasquatch, Smokey’s Moonshine and the Toasted Marshmallow.

I remember summer Sunday nights back in Nova Scotia when my extended family of uncles, aunts and cousins would gather at a place nicknamed the Ponderosa. The Ponderosa was simply a camp on a dirt road, but it was surrounded by fields and trails through the woods. At the center of the property was a campfire pit surrounded by benches where everyone would gather to sing Kumbaya, the Cat Came Back and other campfire favorites. We’d cut our own cooking sticks, then roast wieners as the main course and marshmallows as dessert.

The scars from burned lips and mouth roofs have long since healed but the taste of scalding hot fire-toasted marshmallow takes me back there even today. Now, I can’t say the drink tastes much like a toasted marshmallow, but it hardly matters when it tastes this good.


  • 1 oz frangelico
  • 1 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz baileys irish cream
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 marshmallow
  • fire!

Preparation Combine the frangelico, vodka, baileys and butterscotch schnapps in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Toast a marshmallow, your method is up to you. A crackling campfire works the best, but a lighter works too.

I didn’t realize til this morning that the reason I was hearing crickets all night was I had left the Bigfoot Lodge web site open. It was just like the old days of sleeping out in the backyard. Cheers!

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Cookie Cocktails… The Oreo Cookie Martini

Oreo Cookie MartiniPosted with permission from The Martini Diva


  • 1 1/2 oz dark creme de cacao
  • 3/4 oz cream
  • 1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
  • crushed Oreo cookies for rim


Dip the rim of the cocktail glass in the creme de cacao and then into the finely crushed Oreos. Take glass and place in freezer to chill.

Pour vanilla vodka. cream and dark creme de cacao into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

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Cheers to Hump Day: The Black and White Martini

Black and White Martini

Black and White Martini

We’re keeping it simple buy yummy at Madtini Labs tonight. What better way to celebrate that we’re more than halfway through the week with this delicious combination of chocolate and vanilla flavors: The Black and White Martini.


  • 3 oz Twist of Vanilla Smirniff Vodka
  • 1 oz White Creme de Cacao
  • Vanilla Bean Pod

Pour the Twist of Vanilla Vodka and Creme de Cacao over ice into a cocktail glass. Garnish with vanilla bean pod.

Cheers, and remember, its only 2 days to the weekend.

Happy Birthday @MissVerna Cocktail

Miss V

We really love birthdays and celebrations here at the Madtini Research Labs and when a little birdie told us that today was @MissVerna‘s special day we got busy trying to create the perfect birthday cocktail.

Vanilla vodka, creme de cacao and Kahlua all in one glass? Pure decadence. Have a wonderfully decadent day, Verna!

The MissV-Va-Voom- Vanilla Chocolate Coffee Cake

  • 2 1/2 oz Twist of Vanilla Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 oz Kahlua


Pour Vanilla Vodka, Creme de Cacao and Kahula over ice, stir with a long spoon and pour into a martini glass with a sugared rim.

Moscow Mule with a Twist of Vanilla

Moscow Mule with a Twist of Vanilla

Moscow Mule with a Twist of Vanilla

Last week we created the classic vodka cocktail The Moscow Mule, and we thought since we have a fresh bottle of Smirnoff ‘Twist of Vanilla’ sitting in the freezer why not combine the vanilla flavors with the lime and ginger. And it worked beautifully, you could taste elements from all the ingredients at the same time.

Now we’re off to try the Vanilla with Creme de Cacao, stand by tomorrow for more news on our Vanilla adventures.


  • 2 oz Twist of Vanilla Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 oz Ginger Beer
  • 1/2 Lime
  • Dash of bitters


Fill a martini glass with crushed ice. Pour the vodka, lime juice and a dash of bitters over the ice. Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with a lime wedge

Cheers from the labs