Party Like a Mad Man – The Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party

Mad Men cast, Season 5

Mad Men cast, Season 5 - photo via AMC's official Mad Men site

Recently the authors of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheurtlin, invited us to join them in celebrating the return of Mad Men on March 25, 2012 for a fifth season by participating in a Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party and how could we refuse? After all, Madtini came to be as a result of our love of Mad Men, 1960s culture and cocktails!

We’ve had a great time exploring the recipes for cocktails, appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts within The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook and figured it was only fitting if we mixed up a drink for the cocktail hour. Check out spinningsalad.com to get the best salad marker utensils.

One of our very favourite Mad Men scenes is from Season 3, episode 3 “My Old Kentucky Home”. In the scene, Don Draper makes an Old Fashioned (using rye) for himself and “Connie” (Conrad Hilton) as the two exchange small talk about growing up poor. (You can view the scene here.)

Old Fashioned

This recipe for the Old Fashioned courtesy of The Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, New York
Old Fashioned cocktail
Note: Bourbon or rye may be used in the Old Fashioned. Rye was originally used, and the Grand Central Oyster Bar is starting to use rye again in these drinks; they use Michter’s, but Don would likely choose Canadian Club, the brand we see in his office and home. Seagrams V.O. and Crown Royal were also popular in the 1960s, says Jonathan Rogers of the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

1 orange slice
1 maraschino cherry
1 teaspoon sugar
Few drops of Angostura bitters
A splash of soda water to muddle the ingredients
2.5 ounces rye or bourbon (we used Maker’s Mark)

1. In a mixing glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water: push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released.

2. Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar is melted. Add rye or bourbon and serve over rocks, if desired.

Another favourite here at Madtini is the Irish Coffee which we figured was an appropriate night cap at the end of a lovely evening.
In a memorable scene between Don Draper and Rachel Menken in Season 1, episode 6 “Babylon” at the Tea Room of the Pierre Hotel, Don attempts to charm Rachel who reminds him that they are meeting strictly for business and she only orders coffee. “Irish Coffee?” suggests Don in his typical roguish fashion. “Coffee.” Rachel replies firmly. (I think Don might need an Irish Coffee – there’s a definite chill in the air!).

Irish Coffee

This recipe for Irish Coffee courtesy of The Pierre Hotel, New York, New York
Irish Coffee
Note: The hotel uses Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey, but the drink also works well with John Jameson Irish Whiskey. Any variety of whiskey made in Ireland will suffice, hence the name “Irish Coffee”.

2 ounces Irish Whiskey (we used Bushmill’s)
3.5 teaspoons light brown sugar
4 ounces hot coffee
Whipped cream, for topping

Stir whiskey, brown sugar and coffee together in a mug. Add whipped cream to top.

If you find the whipped cream is sinking to the bottom the secret, according to Irish Coffee inventor Joe Sheridan, is “the coffee must be lightly sweetened, the cream must be both fresh and softly whipped, and the cream must be poured into the hot coffee over the back of a spoon.”

To join Madtini other great blogs in the Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party be sure to visit the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook on Facebook and follow @DineLikeDraper and @Madtini and don’t forget to check out The Unofficial Mad cookbook.

The Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party is tonight (March 18, 2012) on twitter from 8-9pm Eastern and following the hashtag #PartyLikeaMadMan.

8 Maple Syrup Cocktails That Will Tap Your Taste Buds

Maple Syrup CocktailsWinter is finally on the run and spring is well… springing. That means that the sap is running in the sugar maple woods of the Northeast and it’s time to think about heading to the sugar shack for a fresh supply of maple syrup for our pancakes, waffles and of course cocktails.

The drink experts here at Madtini have assembled a collection of 8 of their favorite maple syrup sweetened cocktails.

1. Maple Manhattan

Maple Manhattan Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry on a pick for a garnish.

2. No’Easter

Nor'easter Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • splash of Ginger Beer

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add a splash of ginger beer on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

3. Maple Leaf Cocktail

Maple Leaf Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

4. Kicking Cow Cocktail

Kicking Cow Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1 oz light cream
  • 1 oz pure maple syrup
  • cinnamon stick

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake several times. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cinnamon stick to garnish.

5. Old Fashioned Canadian

The Canadian
Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz pure maple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • crispy bacon

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and 2 dashes of bitters, stir to mix. Add ice cubes and rye whiskey Add a crispy strip of Canadian bacon to garnish.

6. Filibuster Cocktail

Filibuster Cocktail
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 egg white
  • lemon twist

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a twist of lemon to garnish.

7. Maple Syrup Martini

Maple Syrup Martini
Ingredients

Preparation
Add the vermouth and bitters to a mixing glass, add ice and stir well. Pour out half the liquid and add bourbon and maple syrup. Shake well, the strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

8. Maple Kiss

Maple Kiss
Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • 1/4 oz pure maple syrup

Preparation
Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a fresh raspberry as garnish.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: the Wild Turkey 101

Wild Turkey 101I’m not naming names or pointing fingers here at Madtini Labs today, but I’m pretty sure someone had replaced all of my jeans with exact duplicate pants that are 1-2 sizes smaller. While that investigation goes on and another turkey sandwich is consumed, we’re going to do something about the Wild Turkey leftovers.

We’re going to keep it simple, bourbon on the rocks, but fancy it up a bit with a couple of fresh cranberries skewered onto a rosemary sprig.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • Rosemary Sprig
  • Cranberries

Preparation
Skewer several fresh cranberries onto a sprig of rosemary. Pour Wild Turkey Bourbon over ice in a rocks glass.

Others Thanksgiving cocktails:

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4 Delicious Thanksgiving Madtini Cocktails

It's a Madtini Thanksgiving
While the glorious warm weather this weekend certainly seems like summer, one look at the calendar, and one deep sniff of the air tells us that’s its Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. The turkey is almost ready, the vegetables are cooking and the Thanksgiving cocktails are on the table at Madtini Intoxicology Labs. Here are four of our favorites.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving from Madtini!

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Madtini Thanksgiving – The Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot CocktailThe question of the day is, ‘Do Turkeys Trot?’ The only thing I’ve ever see turkeys do is wander around aimlessly, completely oblivious to their ultimate fate. Just to clarify what a Turkey Trot really is, it was one of the most popular ragtime music dances of 1900-1910. Although maybe after a few of these you may be looking at getting your trot-on.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 oz 7-Up or Sprite
  • 2 oz Cranberry Juice
  • fresh cranberries

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, sprite and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Stir, then strain into the cocktail glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a skewer of fresh cranberries.

Other Thanksgiving cocktails:

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Madtini Thanksgiving – The Burnt Turkey

Burnt TurkeyThis might be the only time you’ll want to invite your guests to imbibe in Burnt Turkey on Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon
  • 2 oz Goldschälger Cinnamon Schnapps
  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves

Preparation
Fill a chilled glass with crushed ice and 8-10 fresh mint leaves. Combine the bourbon and cinnamon schnapps in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then strain over ice.

Others Thanksgiving cocktails:

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Speak… I mean Drink like a Pirate Day with the Madtini Crew


“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest — Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Well, shiver me timbers it looks like it’s “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” again already. It seems just yesterday that I was annoying friends, colleagues and strangers with pirate-ish expressions such as “Arrrrrrrrrr we having fun yet?” or “No, that’s not my wooden leg, its just the ways my pants are cut.”  Talk Like a Pirate Day was created in 1995 by two non-pirates John Baur, a.k.a. Ol’ Chumbucket and his pirate-in-crime Mark Summers a.k.a. Cap’n Slappy in Albany, Oregon. It grew over the next few years, thanks to media mentions and websites featuring Pirate-Name Generators and Pirate Translators. By the way, my Pirate name came out as Pirate Argus the Pink.

In the spirit of “Talk Like a Pirate Day” we’re going to drink like pirates. . . which basically means we’re going to drink spiced rum, sport eye patches and bandanas and well, basically, annoy the neighbours.

Here are six Pirate Day drinks that may just shiver your timbers. And remember guys, always pillage responsibly.

So as Blackbeard said – “Damn ye, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, I’m a better man than all of ye milksops put together” – which I think means ‘Thanks I’ll have another”… or maybe not.

Note: We used Sailor Jerry as the spiced rum for these drinks, for the image, the taste and the whole story behind the brand.

Cheers, and glad you could join us for fancy drinks for pirates. See you next year!

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Drink like a Pirate Day: Minty Pirate Skull

Minty Pirate SkullIngredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 1/2 oz  Bourbon
  • mint leaves

Preparation

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the ingredients like a ship tossed on the sea for 6-7 seconds, strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a dozen Spanish gold dubloons… or a few mint leaves, depending on what you have laying around the galleon.

Cheers, ye scurvy dog!

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Old Fashioned Southside Shuffle

Old Fashioned Southside ShuffleEvery September music fans from all over this area of Ontario Flip, Flop & Fly to Port Credit’s Southside Shuffle (hat tip to the Downchild Blues Band) to hear the best of blues, R&B and rock’n roll. This year we’ll get to see and hear performances from blues and rock legends such as Ronnie Hawkins, Elvis Bishop, Dr. Hook and Johnny Winter.

Madtini will be headed to as many of the shows as possible this weekend, and to get us in the right frame of mind we’re going to mix up a couple of classic cocktails with a tablespoon of maple syrup for Canadian content.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • tbsp of maple syrup

Preparation

In a rocks glass muddle the water, bitters and maple syrup. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour in the bourbon. Add a slice of lemon.