Mad Men Chaser

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If you walked into Don Draper’s office you would see him smoking a cigarette and sipping a drink from an old fashioned glass – perhaps whiskey from his well-stocked bar. In fact Sterling, Cooper, Draper and Pryce, all have private drink carts in their office. And if you happen to be a valuable client or a glamorous woman you would be most certainly offered a drink by the men. The male chauvinism and sexism of the era is most apparent and somehow appealing. The 1960s were that dramatic.

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The season premiere of AMC’s Mad Men comes Sunday night. It is our TV night, our big TV night – the series we wait all year to premiere.  The 1960s drama, set around the characters in an advertising company, has us fascinated with the historical authenticity amidst the drama and glamour. The Sixties had never looked more appealing. So this Sunday we are sure to have a few drinks and hors d’oeuvres to kick-start our favourite TV night.

If you are a fan having a Mad Men season premiere party (or are just a fanatic like us) here is 1960s unmistakable classic – Gin and Tonic.  If you want to really shake it up I suggest the classic 1960’s cocktail:  Negroni.  Made with gin, vermouth, and Campari, it is potent yet absolutely intriguing. And if you prefer something lighter I concocted a version of the Ruby Negroni that is hopefully equally appealing – the Amber Negroni. This drink is perfect for me. Cheers!

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Gin and Tonic

Recipe adapted from The Food Network

Ingredients:

  • Gin: 2 oz
  • Tonic water: 5 oz
  • Ice
  • Lime juice:
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Method:

  • Fill glass with ice almost to the top.
  • Pour gin, tonic water and lime juice over ice.
  • Stir to mix. garnish with lime wedge.
  • Drink responsibly.

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Negroni

Recipe adapted from AMC MadMen Cocktail Guide

Ingredients:

  • Gin: 1oz
  • Sweet Vermouth: 1oz
  • Campari: 1 oz
  • Ice
  • Orange slices for garnish

Method:

  • Mix gin, sweet vermouth and Campari in a shaker.
  • Pour over ice and garnish with orange slices.
  • Drink responsibly.

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Amber Negroni

Recipe inspired by Ruby Negroni

Ingredients:

  • Gin: 1oz
  • Campari: 1 oz
  • Prosecco: 3 oz
  • Ice
  • Orange Juice: 1 oz fresh squeezed pulp free
  • Orange slices for garnish

Method:

  • Mix gin, Campari and orange juice over ice. Stir to combine properly.
  • Pour over a strainer into a fluted glass.
  • Top with Prosecco and orange slices.
  • Drink responsibly.
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21 thoughts on “Mad Men Chaser

  1. Lovely stuff. I have been in the communications business for over 30 years. Back in the day, it was normal to offer a client a G&T or a whiskey at the end of a meeting. We would all sit around the meeting room table smoking and drinking into the evening. Now, nobody in the office smokes (I am 26 years off them) and if somebody was drinking in the office, it would be a firing offence.
    Times change…
    Best,
    Conor

  2. So your blog appeared in our feed as “blogs you might like”, and low and behold- I am obsessed with Mad Men! And… I kid you not, but gin and tonic IS my drink. I don’t even need to read your past post to know i’m going to follow your blog. (But i’ll read a few now anyway;)). Happy I decided to click away at your blog!
    -JulieC

    • So glad you like what you see. And gin and tonic is my drink too…I think there’s a few of us here who would swear by it 😉 Thank you for stopping by and your most lovely comment. I hope you continue to like this blog.

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