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Drink Like Don Draper with 'Mad Men' Inspired Cocktails
The sixth season of "Mad Men"  kicks off Sunday night on AMC and what better way to welcome Don Draper and the crew back than with a toast? Over the years, the show has popularized the cocktail culture of the era, highlighting the many classic drinks professionals would savor to ease business blues. READ: Is Alcohol an Aphrodisiac or Does it Put Sex on the Rocks? “The media always has and will continue to influence the way people drink,” explains Pamela Wiznitzer, the United States Bartender Guild NY President and mixologist at New York City’s Dead Rabbit. “Some may argue that classic drinks were on the way back into vogue and the timing of the show just happened to coincide, but I believe that the popularity of ‘Mad Men’ is due to the historical accuracy and attention to cocktails. It has created a buzz among viewers and many were intrigued by the beverages imbibed by the characters.” While “Mad Men” has highlighted classic cocktails like the martini and the old fashioned, Wiznitzer says audiences can expect to see more drinks featuring vodka, which had a spike in popularity during the late 1960s where the series currently takes place. Welcome back Draper and the rest of the cast by enjoying some of these “Mad Men”- inspired cocktails:  
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Lemongrass Collins

Ingredients 2 parts Bombay Sapphire East gin ¾ parts lemon juice ½ part St. Germain liqueur Lemongrass Club soda 1 orange twist ​Preparation Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or over ice in a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
(Bombay Sapphire)

Warhol Manhattan

Ingredients 1 part Martini Rosso vermouth 1 part Dewar’s White Label blended scotch whisky 3 cherries soaked in premium orange liqueur Preparation Shake liquid ingredients with ice and strain into a martini cocktail glass or pour over ice in a rocks glass. Drop in cherries.
(Martini Rosso Vermouth)

Italian 75

Ingredients Juice from one half of an orange  2 oz. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 2 oz. prosecco 1 orange slice Preparation Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the red wine, orange juice and Grand Marnier and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute and top with ice cold prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice.
(BALLO Italian Restaurant and Social Club at Mohegan Sun)

Mango Sidecar

Ingredients 1 ½ oz. cognac ¾ oz. triple sec ¾ oz. mango nectar 1 thin slice of fresh mango 1 rose petal Preparation Combine cognac, triple sec and mango nectar in mixing glass or shaker filled with ice. Stir and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a rose petal.
(Canard, Inc.)

Brandy Alexander

Ingredients 1.5 oz. CAMUS VSOP Elegance cognac 1.5 oz. crème de cacao 1.5 oz. cream Nutmeg Preparation Pour the cognac and cream into a mixing glass. Shake and pour in glass. Garnish with nutmeg.
(CAMUS VSOP Elegance Cognac)

Francis Ford Coppola’s Navy Grog

Ingredients  ¾ oz. dark rum ¾ oz. Mount Gay Rum ¾ oz. Bacardi Silver Rum Juice of ½ pressed lime juice ½ oz. honey water 1 oz. grapefruit juice dash of Angostura Bitters ½ oz. grenadine club soda Preparation Add all ingredients, except grenadine and club soda, in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain over in chilled glass. Drizzle grenadine. Top with club soda.
(Luau in Beverly Hills)

Tiki Screwdriver

Ingredients 2 oz. Shellback Silver rum 1 ½ oz. passion fruit juice 1 oz. orange juice ½ oz. ruby red grapefruit juice ¼ oz. lemon juice ¼ oz. grenadine pineapple slices orange slices maraschino cherry Preparation Place one layer of ice in highball glass. Add pineapple and orange. Top with another layer of ice and additional layer of pineapple and orange. Add liquids in order given, saving grenadine as float. Garnish top with pineapple, orange and a maraschino cherry.
(Cantina in San Francisco)

Spiced Orange Old Fashioned

Ingredients 2 oz. Camarena Resposado tequila ¼ oz. spiced orange syrup 2 dashes of bitters 1 orange twist for garnish Preparation Combine liquids in rocks glass over ice. Garnish with orange twist.
(Cheri Loughlin)

Elderflower Martini

Ingredients 2 oz. local apple cider 2.5 oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka .5 oz. homemade all natural elderflower reduction 1 orchid Preparation Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into martini glass. Garnish with an orchid.
(BALLO Italian Restaurant and Social Club at Mohegan Sun)

The Royal Violet

Ingredients 2 oz. Vikingfjord vodka .5 oz. violette liquer .5 oz. Dolin Blanc 1 grapefruit twist Preparation Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
(Vikingfjord Vodka)

Blueberry Julep

Ingredients 2 parts Basil Hayden’s bourbon 8-10 mint leaves 7-8 blueberries 1 part fresh lime juice ¾ parts simple syrup 1 mint sprig Preparation Muddle mint leaves and blueberries in mixing glass. Add bourbon, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake and fine strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with blueberries and a mint sprig.
(Rob Floyd at Jose Andres’ Bar Centro in Los Angeles)

Drink Like Don Draper with 'Mad Men' Inspired Cocktails

The sixth season of "Mad Men"  kicks off Sunday night on AMC and what better way to welcome Don Draper and the crew back than with a toast? Over the years, the show has popularized the cocktail culture of the era, highlighting the many classic drinks professionals would savor to ease business blues. READ: Is Alcohol an Aphrodisiac or Does it Put Sex on the Rocks? “The media always has and will continue to influence the way people drink,” explains Pamela Wiznitzer, the United States Bartender Guild NY President and mixologist at New York City’s Dead Rabbit. “Some may argue that classic drinks were on the way back into vogue and the timing of the show just happened to coincide, but I believe that the popularity of ‘Mad Men’ is due to the historical accuracy and attention to cocktails. It has created a buzz among viewers and many were intrigued by the beverages imbibed by the characters.” While “Mad Men” has highlighted classic cocktails like the martini and the old fashioned, Wiznitzer says audiences can expect to see more drinks featuring vodka, which had a spike in popularity during the late 1960s where the series currently takes place. Welcome back Draper and the rest of the cast by enjoying some of these “Mad Men”- inspired cocktails:  

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