Classic Cocktails for the Return of AMC’s Mad Men

 

Don Draper and the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce gang return this Sunday with the premiere of season five of AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men.

Get in the 1960s spirit with these classic cocktails.

Americano

2 oz Campari
2 oz Sweet Vermouth
club soda
lemon peel
ice cubes

Fill rocks glass with ice. Add Campari and sweet vermouth. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with lemon peel.

Old-Fashioned

1 sugar cube (or ½ tsp loose sugar)
3 dashes Angostura bitters
club soda
2 oz Bourbon
ice cubes
2 inch strip of lemon peel

Place sugar in a rocks glass. Add 3 dashes of bitters and a short splash of club soda, then muddle the sugar. Add ice, then Bourbon. Gently stir. Garnish with lemon peel.

Sidecar

¾ oz Cognac
¼ oz lemon juice
¼ oz Triple Sec
1 orange peel
ice cubes

Place ice cubes in a shaker, then add Cognac, lemon juice and Triple Sec. Close the shaker and shake until frosted. Strain into a martini glass using a cocktail strainer. Press the orange peel over the drink.

Mint Julep

2 oz Bourbon or Cognac
½ oz simple syrup
mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish
crushed ice

In a chilled julep cup or rocks glass muddle mint leaves and simple syrup. Add ice and Bourbon (or Cognac). Stir gently with spoon or swizzle stick. Add additional crushed ice and mint sprig garnish.

Gimlet

2 oz Gin or Vodka
½ oz Rose’s lime juice
lime wedge garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, pour gin (or vodka) and Rose’s lime juice. Shake, then with a strainer pour into a cocktail glass or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

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