Mad Men is Back - What to Drink While You Watch

Author: Annalise • 2012-03-23 • 0 Comments

We are incredibly excited about season 5 of Mad Men (if you can’t tell from our Pinterest board), and so we wanted to address the two most important questions regarding the premiere on Tuesday. 

1. What is even going on?  It’s been forever, and you can’t remember what happened in season 4. Fair enough - we can’t either. And because we can’t (and also, I’m way too lazy to write it all out), here’s the Daily Beast’s full recap of season 4.

2. What am I going to drink? You may not be throwing a full-blown 60’s themed bash complete with dapper men in hats and ladies with perfectly teased and coiffed hair, but you’ve at least been thinking about how to best honor the premiere through cocktailing.  Here are our picks for the best drinks to imbibe during your viewing experience - two classics and two from two London bars we think Don Draper would approve of.

Vodka Gimlet

Glass: Martini

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

Pour vodka and lime juice into mixing glass. Shake and strain into martini glass. Add 3 to 4 slices of lime.


Glass: Old fashioned

1¾ oz bourbon
¾ oz of sweet vermouth
1 dash of aromatic bitters
1 Maraschino cherry

Pour bitters, liquors over ice in mixing glass. Stir and strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Check out AMC's Mad Men Cocktail Guide for more classic recipes.

Lounge Lover’s Angel’s Share

Glass: Highball

35ml Havana 7 years old
20ml Apricot liqueur
15ml homemade lemongrass and ginger syrup
20ml lemon juice
4 kumquats, 1 kaffir leaf

Make your lemongrass and ginger syrup. (Making syrups is pretty simple. Here's how.) Pour liquid ingredients into mixing glass. Shake and strain over crushed ice into a highball glass. Muddle with kaffir leaf and kumquats. 

OXO Bar’s Port of London

Glass: 12oz Highball

50ml HN LBV Port
25ml Beefeater Winter Gin
10ml Lime Cordial
10ml Lemon Juice
50ml Bitter Lemon

Shake the first four ingredients over ice. Strain into highball glass and add ice. Top with bitter lemon.

The latter two recipes are a little more complicated than the typical cocktail making procedure of 1. Pour liquor in glass. 2. Add mixer. 3. Drink. But don't be too intimidated to add a little flair to your drinking routine. Learn some tips and tricks used by some of London's leading mixologists at a two-hour cocktail making class for super cheap, if you're looking to try something new.. something new that involves taste testing some delicious drink creations. I think the Drapers would approve.




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  • posted on 26/3/13

    So glad you enjoyed it Lucy!

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