Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail – Friday Cocktail O’Clock

Mint Cucumber Vodka Cocktail It’s Friday, and after a long week of trudging around in the cold slush thank’s to an early spring snowstorm we’re ready to have some fun with friends. But first we need something light, fresh and smooth to celebrate the launch of the weekend and this cocktail sounded like the perfect answer.

Tonight the folks from Madtini are heading downtown to Tequila Bookworm on Toronto’s Queen Street West to enjoy the tight grooves and rockin’ beats of Abdul Smooth and Nathan Lee, who make up the music project called People Downtown. They are hosting The Media Social, a monthly meetup for media professionals to get together, discuss their work and encourage continued collaboration. If you’re in the Toronto area drop by, hang out and say hello.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 3/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • 1 English cucumber

Preparation
Carve a spear from an English cucumber to be used later for a garnish. Peel the rest of the cucumber, scrape out the seeds, then cut into it into small chunks. Add the cucumber chunks to a food processor and puree until smooth. Strain the contents through a fine sieve or cheesecloth, squeezing as much liquid out as possible.

Add the sugar, mint leaves, lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then add the cucumber juice, vodka and cointreau. Shake the combined contents, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the cucumber spear as a garnish and serve.

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3 Fresh Drinks to Welcome the First Day of Spring

Spring CocktailsSpring is about to… hmm, well spring on Sunday and it’s time we look forward to thoughts of warm days, sunny patios, lake wharfs and long sandy beaches.

Today, the folks here at Madtini are toasting the first day of spring with three great vodka cocktails. We’re using Prairie Organic Vodka from the heartland of Minnesota, where I’m sure they’ll be glad to see warmer days too.

 

as the common base across these drinks – and just for good measure we’ve picked up some Kiwi, strawberry and blueberry to bring some colourto the festivities.

Bring on the patios! Cheers, and happy first day of spring from Madtini.

Blueberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

Blueberry Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with blueberries and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add whole blueberries.

Kiwi Basil Vodka Cocktail

Kiwi Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 3 slices of kiwi fruit

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with kiwi slices and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a slice of kiwi fruit as a garnish.

Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz of Prairie Organic Vodka
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Honey Vanilla syrup
  • 1/3 cup quartered strawberries

Preparation
Tear up the basil leaves, combine with strawberries and muddle in a mixing glass. Add honey vanilla syrup, vodka and lemon juice and ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a sliced strawberry as a garnish.

Honey Vanilla Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz water
  • 1/4 oz granulated sugar
  • 1/4 oz honey
  • seeds from half a vanilla bean

Preparation
Combine water and sugar at medium heat. Once sugar dissolves, add honey and contents from the vanilla bean.

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From Russia With Love in Black & White

White Russian & Black RussianIt’s Friday night again, and despite the fact that it’s the day after St. Patrick’s Day the entire Madtini crew is still standing and ready to roll ourselves into yet another weekend.

We’re keeping it simple tonight and serving up two of the most famous vodka cocktails; the Black Russian and its creamy cousin the White Russian.

After a few of these drinks I’m sure we’ll donning our big Russian winter hats and sing-shouting the lyrics to Boney M’s historically-dicey disco ode to infamous Russian nutjob ‘Rasputin’. Everybody sing “Ra-Ra-rasputin… Russia’s Greatest Love Machine…”

Nasdrovie, from the good folks at Madtini!

Black Russian

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua
  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka

Preparation
Pour the two ingredients over cracked ice in an old fashioned glass. Add a straw an serve.

White Russian

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 3/4 oz light cream

Preparation
Pour the two ingredients over cracked ice in an old fashioned glass. Add a straw an serve.

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Happy Birthday Anne – The Mad-Haapanen

Miss Mad-HaapanenNo, that’s not a mispelling of the title of the less than awesome Mark Wahlberg movie featuring scary winds and self-abusing zombies. It is however, a twist-and-a-half on the Manhattan, and a cocktail that’s celebrates the birthday of one of our bestest Madtini buddies ever, Anne who was born on this day (not too long ago) in Helsinki, Finland.

The Madtini Intoxicology crew was summoned to the lab early today (which really would be anytime before noon) to create this delicious cocktail of Finlandia vodka, cranberry juice, Chambord and blackberries.

Cheers and Happy Birthday Anne! Or, according to Google Translate ‘Kippis ja hyvää syntymäpäivää’ (seriously, is that even remotely correct?)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Finlandia vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 3/4 oz Chambord

Preparation
Place a martini glass in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes. Combine the vodka, cranberry juice and chambord in a cocktail shaker with 2-3 ice cubes. Shake it like a Polaroid picture for 5-6 seconds, strain and serve. Garnish with blackberries.

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The Strawberry Flirt

Strawberry FlirtThe Strawberry Flirt features the best of romantic Italy – the taste of sparkling Prosecco from Villa Sandi along with the taste of wild strawberry from Fragoli. Combine that with some fresh sliced strawberries and you have a night of romance ahead of you, the only missing is the chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 oz Fragoli Wild Strawberry liqueur
  • 3 oz Prosecco (we used Villa Sandi)

Preparation
Chill two champagne flutes. Combine the vodka and wild strawberry liqueur in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake for 6-7 seconds and then add to the chilled flute glasses. Add Prosecco and garnish with several fresh sliced strawberries. Serve, savour and enjoy.

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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 #1: Christmas Cosmo

Christmas Cosmo The Cosmopolitan originated in the 1970s in either Provincetown, MA, Minneapolis, or San Fancisco, depending on who you are talking to at the time. But no one can argue that its popularity really exploded during the glory days of ‘Sex & the City’. This holiday version of the ‘Cosmo’ adds the taste of rosemary to the equation. Add a few cranberries and this drink is ready to for any ‘sophistimacated’ Christmas celebration.

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.

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