Men admire him, women swoon over him and he’s so damn suave we don’t know of many people that wouldn’t like to spend a happy hour with him. Although he doesn’t exist in real life, the debonair, handsome, and sometimes philandering Don Draper of the AMC series Mad Men makes us crave a cigarette and a scotch on the rocks. In honor of Mad Men’s new season (and making it past the first one), here’s the top 6 classic cocktails we’d like to sip with our Madison Avenue sophisticate, Don Draper.
1 1/2 oz. of good gin
1/4 oz. of dry vermouth
Shake with ice, strain and pour into martini glass, serve with two olives or twist of lemon.
Other than the automatic style points from holding the glass, your buzz will start before you’re halfway through the transparently potent concoction. You’ll be ready to pitch your take on the Pan Am campaign or the best model to use for the Patio commercial shooting next week. For extra points, order it with gin–the original recipe–as shown above.
2 oz. gin
1 3/4 oz. Rose’s Lime Juice
Shake with ice, strain and pour into martini glass for serving. Garnish with lime wedge.
Pucker up and sip this limey classic when you’re getting Don’s take on the best places to whisk away your mistress for vacation. Originally known as the Gimlette, it was named after a navy surgeon. He invented the drink to give sailors for the prevention of scurvy. What a delicious excuse for a drink. Now when you come home stinking of gin you can tell your old lady (or old man) that you were out preventing the onset of scurvy.
2 oz. cognac
1 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. lemon juice
dash of superfine sugar
Shake with ice, strain into martini glass rimmed with sugar (for that extra special touch).
Made popular in the 1920’s, the sidecar balances tart, sweet, and that warm feeling of cognac burning through your chest. Another drink served in a martini glass, it’s great to show your expensive taste and discerning palate. Well, that, or you’re just a rapper that really likes cognac, in which case, you should ask the bartender to “Pass the Courvoisier.”
2 oz. rye whiskey
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Pour into mixing glass with plenty of ice, stir, strain into martini glass, drop cherry into bottom for garnish.
So we’re a sucker for martini glasses, all right? Note, this drink is stirred, not shaken for once. Besides sharing the name of Don’s main location, it just feels sexy when you order it. Saying it breathily, with those come hither eyes, women can attempt to practice their sultry skills while men should order with authority and dapperness to keep good company with the powerful Mr. Draper.
1 1/2 oz. cognac or brandy
1/2 oz. white crème de menthe
Pour into rocks glass over crushed ice and stir.
An after dinner drink that pretty much oils the lack-of-inhibition track you’ve probably been riding after drinking throughout your entire steak dinner with Don. For men, it’s the final straw before bedding your secretary and for women, well, let’s just say your stockings might be missing after your future rendezvous with the not so happily married creative director. Too many of these and you’ll be performing tricks of the same name-hey oh!
6. Brandy Alexander
1 oz. brandy
1/2 oz. crème de cacao
2 oz. cream or half and half
Shake with ice. Strain into yet another martini glass.
The creamy dessert drink is almost as smooth as Dick Whitman, errr, we mean Don Draper. While it sounds like the name of a possible switch board gal, it can actually be made with gin or rum, but as you can tell, we love brandy. If you want to get really fancy, double the ingredients and use a scoop of vanilla ice cream and blend it together for a fancy adult milkshake. It’ll bring all the boys to the yard (damn right), maybe even Donald Draper.
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