Mad Men cocktails

After nearly a year-and-a-half without a new episode, “Mad Men” returns for Season 5 tonight. Here’s a list of cocktails you can serve at your viewing party, based on what the characters drink on the show:

Cocktail Ingredients Notes
Old Fashioned Muddle together bitters, Splenda, a splash of club soda and an orange slice. Add ice, brandy, rye or whiskey and top with club soda (optional). Stir. Don’s drink of choice, and the first drink you see any character consume in the series premiere.
Gibson Fill shaker with ice. Add dry vermouth, shake, then strain out the vermouth. Add three shots of vodka (e.g. Yahara Bay) or gin (e.g. Tanqueray 10), shake. Add two cocktail onions to a chilled martini glass. Pour vodka/gin over the onions. Roger prefers to drink clear liquids, and in one episode, calls for a “Gibson! Up!”
Vodka-Mt. Dew In a glass, add two parts vodka, three parts Mt. Dew. The creative staff is figuring out a cocktail using Mt. Dew. Peggy suggests they need three ingredients, as “vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency.”
Vodka Gimlet In a shaker, add ice, 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice, and 1-2 shots of vodka. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of lime. While Betty Draper usually drinks wine, her cocktail of choice is the gimlet.
Sambuca con la Mosca In a brandy snifter, add 2 shots of sambuca and three coffee beans. Salvatore Romano explains to a client, “literally, with flies.”


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