After a seventeen-month hiatus, the dapper suits, old-fashioned cocktails, and drama-filled storylines return to AMC for the highly anticipated premiere of Mad Men's fifth season. Libations have played a big part in the show right from the opening scene, contributing to plotlines and offering insight into the characters' personalities. So what better way to fuel a Mad Men viewing party then with some traditional cocktails inspired by our favorite Sterling Cooper men and women? Thanks to our friends at BevMo!, we've rounded up six old-timey concoctions that are guaranteed to have you sipping in 1960s style come Sunday night. Enjoy!
Don Draper - Old-Fashioned
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon water
Two dashes angostura bitters
One slice orange rind
2 ounces Canadian Club whiskey
One maraschino cherry
Preparation: In an old-fashioned glass, muddle the sugar, water, bitters, and orange rind together until the sugar has dissolved. Fill the glass with ice, add the whiskey, and garnish with the cherry. Serve with a cocktail straw.
Joan Harris - Bloody Mary
1-1/2 parts Grey Goose Original
3 parts Bloody Mary mix
1/2 parts lime juice
Preparation: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled collins glass filled with ice and present with cocktail onions.
Roger Sterling - Dry Gin Martini
2 parts Plymouth Gin
3/4 parts Dry vermouth*
One olive (optional, to garnish)
Lemon zest twist or pickled and green olive
Preparation: Shake ingredients with ice and pour into a very chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with either a lemon twist or an olive.
*Experiment with your quantities of gin and vermouth as desired-more vermouth makes a "wetter" drink; more gin dries it out.
Pete Campbell - J&B Sour
50 ml J&B
20 ml lemon juice
20 ml sugar syrup
Half egg white (optional)
Dash Angostura bitters
Preparation: Add all ingredients, apart from the bitters, to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake hard. Strain into a 10-ounce tumbler filled with fresh ice. Add the dash of bitters and garnish with a lemon wedge.
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