Mad-Men Inspired Cocktails



If there was ever a television show that prompted it’s viewers to become functional alcoholics, it is AMC’s Mad Men.

The show is a period drama set in the 1960’s. The setting is initially at the Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison avenue in NYC, and later in the firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

Jon Hamm stars as the deliciously slick and dapper Don Draper, creative director and founding partner at the firm.Mad-Men-Don-bar

Fashionable around the office is smoking indoors (do we miss it?) and drinking at least 4-7 drinks before the work day is through. Watching this show always makes me miss the luxury of a good Macanudo and a paint-thinning scotch. So I have created a collection of classic cocktails inspired by Mad Men and it’s dramatized era.



Don’s Old Fashioned:


1 orange slice
2 maraschino cherries
1 teaspoon sugar
5 drops Angostura bitters
Splash of soda water
2-1/2 ounces rye or bourbon
1 lemon wedge or twist

In an Old Fashioned Glass, muddle the orange slice, 1 cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water. Push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released.
Fill almost to the top with ice.
Add rye or bourbon. Top with remaining cherry. Garnish with lemon.



The Bloody Mary bloody_mary


1½ oz vodka
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp horseradish
Tomato or Clamato juice
4 dashes Tabasco sauce
Celery salt
Fresh ground pepper


Pour the vodka over rocks in a highball glass. Fill the glass with the Bloody Mary mix.
Stir and garnish with a lime wedge and celery stalk. Add horseradish, if desired.




Dirty Martinimartini_mccutcheon


2½ oz gin
1½ oz dry vermouth
½-1 oz olive juice
3-4 green olives


Add dry vermouth to the martini glass, rinse, and pour out. Pour gin, olive juice and ice into shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into the martini glass and drop in the 3 to 4 olives.





French 75


½ oz simple syrup
½ oz lemon juice
1 oz gin
4 oz chilled Champagne


Combine syrup, lemon juice, and gin in a tall Champagne flute.
Top with Champagne, and garnish with lemon slice or cherry.







2 oz vodka
5 oz grapefruit juice


Pour ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Stir.
Garnish with grapefruit or lime slice.






Mint Julep


2 oz bourbon
8 sprigs of mint
1 tsp of sugar


Combine mint and sugar with a dash of water in a shaker filled with ice. Add bourbon.
Shake until cold and pour into an ice-filled rock glass.
Garnish with a mint sprig.





Pink Squirrel


¾ oz crème de noyaux
¾ oz crème de cacao
½ oz vodka
1 oz fresh cream


Pour all into an ice-filled shaker. Strain into martini glass.
Garnish with strawberry slice or cherry.







1 1/2 oz Cognac or bourbon
1 oz Cointreau or triple sec
1/2 oz lemon juice
Lime twist for garnish
Sugar for rimming


Rim a chilled martini glass with sugar.
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well.
Strain into the prepared martini glass.
Garnish with a lime twist.





Vodka Gimlet


1½ oz vodka
¾ oz lime juice
3-4 lime wedges


In a rocks glass, layer lime wedges and crushed ice until full.
Pour vodka and lime juice into shaker with ice, shake.
Strain into the prepared rocks glass.




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Sloe Gin Fizz


1 oz sloe gin
1 oz gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
3 – 4 oz soda water

Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker with ice.
Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.
Top with soda. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.






Pisco Sour


2 cups ice cubes
1/2 cup pisco
2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
2 1/2 tbsp white sugar
1/2 egg white
Mint sprig (optional)


Combine ice cubes, pisco, lemon juice, sugar, egg white, and bitters in a blender. Blend on high speed until finely pureed.
Pour into footed goblet or rocks glass and garnish the frothy top with an additional dash of bitters and a mint sprig.







1½ oz green crème de menthe
1½ oz white crème de cacao
1 oz cream


Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and chocolate shavings.


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