Mad Men: 6 Cocktails to Toast the Final Season
Mad Men‘s return is right around the corner. On April 13, the show returns for the first part of it’s final season. The details, per usual, are being kept under lock and key, but one thing is certain: there will be alcohol. To get your livers ready for the final season of three martini lunches and scotch on the rocks, here are six cocktails straight from the show.
For an authentic Mad Men cocktail, you have a variety of brands you can choose from. Canadian Club has featured prominently as far as whiskeys go, as has Johnnie Walker. Beefeater has made appearances on the gin side of things, and Stoli is of course Roger Sterling’s preferred brand of vodka. You can always skip the cocktails and go for beer, another alcoholic beverage of choice on the show. Budweiser and Miller have played parts, but it was Heineken’s role that led to a small spat between Betty and Don in season 2.
“Lobster Newburg and gimlets should get a divorce,” Betty groans in the second episode of season 1 as Don drives them home from a dinner with the Sterlings. A gimlet can be made with either vodka or gin, but as Imbibe Magazine explains, it is known for one key ingredient: Rose’s lime juice.
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce Rose’s lime juice
- Ice cubes
- Lime wheel
Directions: Combine the gin and lime juice with ice in a shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
2. Old Fashioned
If the show had to be drilled down to one cocktail, it would be the Old Fashioned. Don even makes one of his own in “My Old Kentucky Home,” which aired in season 3. Lacking bourbon, he crafts the whiskey drink using rye. You can select your type of whiskey, or follow this Drinks Mixer recipe to a T and use bourbon.
- 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 splash water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 orange wedge
Directions: Mix sugar, water, and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir.
3. Mint Julep
The Old Fashioned isn’t the only cocktail to come out of the episode “My Old Kentucky Home,” where at the Kentucky Derby themed party, Mint Juleps are served. That wasn’t the drink’s first appearance on the show, either — it also appeared at a party thrown by the Drapers in season 1. Early Times Kentucky Whisky provided the Kentucky Derby with its julep recipe, which yields a pitcher of mint juleps.
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- Sprigs of fresh mint
- Crushed ice
- Early Times Kentucky Whisky
- Silver julep cups
Directions: Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
4. Blue Hawaii
Another drink pulling double-duty is a blue concoction called either the Blue Hawaiian, or Blue Hawaii. Joan mixes one together in season 4, and Megan is spotted sipping one in the season 6 opener. For a boozy blue drink of your own, make this AllRecipes.com version.
- 1 fluid ounce light rum
- 1 fluid ounce blue Curacao liqueur
- 2 fluid ounces pineapple juice
- 1 fluid ounce cream of coconut
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 pineapple slice
- 1 maraschino cherry
Directions: Combine rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and 1 cup crushed ice in blender. Puree on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
5. Gibson Martini
The drink you’ll need if you want to impersonate Roger Sterling during a long lunch is the Gibson martini. Roger is frequently seen drinking his martinis garnished with cocktail onions. The Drinks Mixer gibson is made with gin, but other variations use vodka instead.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce vermouth
- 2 cocktail onions
Directions: Stir gin and vermouth over ice cubes in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass. Add the cocktail onions and serve.
6. Brandy Alexander
During a disaster of a date with Carl Winter, Peggy orders a Brandy Alexander in the eleventh episode of season 1. Skip having a bad date and go straight for the liquor with this recipe from Chow.
- 1 ounce brandy
- 1 ounce dark crème de cacao
- 1 ounce heavy cream
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Directions: Shake the brandy, crème de cacao, and cream with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg.