12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #3: Eggnog Martini

Eggnog MartiniThere are arguments over the origins of this iconic holiday drink. Some claim it was born in medieval England from a hot drink served in a carved wooden mug called a ‘noggin’. Another theory is that it came from ‘egg and grog’ a common drink during Colonial times made from milk and rum. Wherever it originated, it has become a staple of holiday celebrations ever since. This version is made with vodka and amaretto, giving it a hint of almond taste. Add a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon for a celebration of spicy holiday aromas.

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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #4: Poinsettia Cocktail

Poinsettia Cocktail
The Poinsettia has become a symbol of Christmas throughout the world. Its association with the holiday began in 16th century Mexico, where the plant originates. The legend follows that a young girl too poor to provide a gift for Jesus’s birthday gathered what she thought were weeds alongside the road and placed them in front of the church altar. Soon the weeds transformed into beautiful crimson poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico have used the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern symbolized the Star of Bethlehem, and the crimson red colour represents the blood sacrifice of Jesus.

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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #5: Christmas Cane Martini

Christmas Cane MartiniWhile our tastes for cocktails tend to run to more simple drinks like an Old Fashioned or a Gin & Tonic, not including a cocktail made with candy canes in our list of 12 holiday drinks would seem incomplete.

The candy cane first appeared in mid-17th century in Europe.  Candy sticks were produced by confectioners in a time-intensive process of pulling, twisted and cutting the sugar sticks completely by hand. The cane shape is said to have originated by a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who bent the straight candy sticks into canes representing a shepherd’s hook and handed them out to children at church services.

This cocktail features a rim of crushed candy canes and a delicious combination of peppermint schnapps and creme de cacao.

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.

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12 Days of Madtini Holiday Cocktails #12: The Three Wise Men

Three Wisemen

Our first drink of the holiday season comes from Jagermeister, the well-known German made apertif. The rich flavor of the herb and spices are followed by the cool taste of the peppermint schnapps.

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.

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Spice up the weekend with a Candied Ginger Raspberry Martini

Candied Ginger MartiniGinger root is a versatile food that can be used for everything from a spice in cooking to helping to prevent motion sickness and nausea – so why not cocktails. The Candied Ginger Martini takes quite a bit of work, so make sure you have a few friends around to help you enjoy all the fruits of your labor.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup
    (1/4 oz honey / 1/4 oz water)
  • 4 raspberries
  • candied ginger slices for garnish

Preparation
Candied Ginger: Create candied ginger slices by boiling a 3 cups of water in a shallow covered saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of thinly sliced ginger and 1 cup of sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes. Drain off liquid (save and use for ginger syrup), and place ginger slices in over at 200 degrees until slices are dry but still chewy. Let cool and cover the ginger slices in sugar and set aside.

Drink: Muddle a tablespoon of grated ginger, 4 raspberries and honey syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka, juices and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a few pieces of the candied ginger and serve.

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This drink recipe was adapted from this post at Nibble.com.

Halloween Cocktails #4, The Monster Mash

The Monster MashIn 1962, struggling actor and singer Bobby Pickett was performing with his group The Cordials. One night he did a monologue imitation Boris Korloff while performing the song ‘Little Darlin’ by the Diamonds. The audience went nuts and his fellow band members encouraged Bobby to do something with the Karloff imitation.

Pickett was partially inspired by the current dance craze, the Mashed Potato. The “Monster Mash” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20 of 1962, just in time for Halloween.

This Monster Mash is a smooth blended drink, and it ideally suited to help any reluctant monster to get his dance-on.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz Malibu Coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 oz vodka

Preparation
Add all the ingredients to a blender along with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with two thin slices of apple.

Happy Hallowe’en from Madtini.

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The Monster Mash cocktail was adapted from the Bar None Drinks web site.

Sunday Sunday: a Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini

Raspberry Lemon Drop MartiniIts been a long Sunday afternoon in October, from a full breakfast at the local Irish Pub to Madtini Lab planning meetings to Halloween cocktail testing, not to mention the finale of Mad Men Season 4 coming up tonight. It was sheer luck that I was looking at my Twitter stream when one of our Madtini friends, Jennifer (@RealSweets) from LA had posted pictures of a couple of drinks she had enjoyed this weekend.

The one that caught our eye was a picture of the Raspberry Lemon Drop Martini. Our Madtini Lab intern quickly found a recipe online and we were in business. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Chambord
  • 4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sugar

Preparation:

Wet the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a lemon. Cover the rim of the cocktail glass by turning it sugar laid out in a small shallow plate. Combine the vodka, lemon juice and sugar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Add the Chambord slowly by pouring it over an upturned spoon.

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Madtini Thanksgiving – Gobble-tini

Gobble-tiniI just learned on the Food Network that only male turkeys gobble, females make a ‘clicking’ noise (no comment from the Madtini Labs crew on that one). Other facts I discovered were: domesticated turkeys have approximately 3,500 feathers and have been bred to be white so that when plucked the feathers leave no discernible mark.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz cranberry-infused vodka
  • 3/4 oz chambord
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • fresh cranberries

Preparation
Combine vodka, Chambord, lemon juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries.

Other Thanksgiving cocktails:

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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.

Ingredients

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

Preparation
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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Dexter’s Back! Four Drinks fit for any Crime Scene

Dexter Cocktails

Everyone’s favorite serial killer of serial killers Dexter Morgan is back for a 5th season tonight. The crew here at Madtini Intoxicology Labs have an ongoing argument about whether we should officially count the silliness of Season 3 featuring Jimmy Smits. Nothing personal Mr. Smits but wow, just wow that story arc was, well just lameness incarnate. Moving on, Season four ended in an ending or all endings, we didn’t see it coming and we admit to sitting in utter shock staring at our TV in disbelief. Now, how will Dexter cope with all that has happened. The preview trailer has us drooling in anticipation.

In honor of the Season Five premiere, the crew at the Labs present you with four great drink mixes fit for any crime scene. Click the links below for the ingredients and preparation instructions. I must go supervise the Madtini interns as they clean up the fake blood splatter in the kitchen… errrr, I mean Labs.

Cheers to all Madtini and Dexter fans.

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