Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mad Men: Drinks

As I shared yesterday, this week is filled with inspiration for Lauren's 21st Birthday Party on Saturday. Today I thought I would feature classic drinks of the time period (most of which haven't gone out of style). After dinner at Chops & Hops, we're headed to Lauren & Dan's place for drinks. AMC's website has a complete Mad Men cocktail guide and I can't decide which ones I want to try most!

Old Fashioned
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
- ½ tsp sugar dissolved with water and bitters
- 1½ oz of bourbon
- 1 cherry
- 1 orange slice
- 1 lemon wedge
// Fill glass with ice; add cherry, orange slice, and lemon wedge; pour in bourbon; serve in a rocks glass over ice //


Classic Martini
- 2½ oz gin
- 1½ oz dry vermouth
- 3 green olives
// Rinse martini glass in dry vermouth and pour out; shake gin with ice until chilled; pour into martini glass; add olives //


Bloody Mary
- 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp horseradish
- Tomato or Clamato juice
- 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
- Celery salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Salt
// Put all ingredients in a mixing glass; shake briskly; pour into pint glass over ice; add a celery branch to garnish //

- 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 martini glass; garnish with a Maraschino cherry //


Brandy Alexander
- ¾ oz cream
- ¾ oz brandy
- ¾ oz dark crème de cacao
- Nutmeg
// Pour the liquors and cream into a mixing glass; shake and pour in martini glass; garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top //


Stay tuned for an update on the place cards! They came out even better than I thought they would...

Update: And here's the final product...

// Top image from AMC //

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