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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The Chilly Maple Manhattan – a Toast to Surviving Winter

Chilly Maple ManhattanSeems like its been a tough winter on the streets of Manhattan. Every time we’d turn on the news it seemed like everyone was digging themselves out from another foot of snow.

Let’s raise our glasses to surviving winter and forgetting about gloves, coats and mitts until next year. It’s time to gather ourselves up and head for the patios, rooftops and cafes to share good times. So, in honour of spring here’s a variation on the classic Manhattan with just enough maple syrup to sweeten things up.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz maple syrup
  • dash or two 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.

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The Nor’easter – North meets South in a Perfect Storm

Nor'easterThe sap is running wild in the maple woods of the North East so this week we’re making cocktails with the sweet and delicious taste of maple syrup.

This drink recipe comes from the bar at Char No 4, Brooklyn’s home of American Whiskey with 150 types on hand for your enjoyment. Their twist on the Dark & Stormy is like a south meeting north in a perfect storm in your glass.

Ingredients

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

Preparation
Combine the bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 10-12 times. Strain and pour over ice in a rocks glass. Add a splash of ginger beer on top and garnish with a lime wheel.

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5 Essential Drink Links You May Missed This Week

5 Drink Links - March 19This week’s drink links include a look at the Top 10 Cocktails in Toronto, Buffalo Trace’s quest for the perfect bourbon, Irish Whiskey drinks, a fun jelly shot recipes for St. Patrick’s Day and the winner of the Cocktail World Cup.

Cheers until next time.

1 / The 10 Best Cocktails in Toronto
NOW Weekly searched the cities best bars to find http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story.cfm?content=179442“>Toronto’s tastiest mixes. From the Log Cabin at The Comrade to The Mad Man at Bar Chef, here are the best cocktails in Toronto, and the bartenders behind them.

2 / The Quest for the Perfect Bourbon
The folks at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankford, KY aren’t just sitting back on their laurels. For the past 20 years they have been working on Project Holy Grail, in a quest to unearth the variables in whiskey making and chemical makeup to produce the “perfect” whiskey.

3 / Toasting St. Patrick with Irish Whiskeys
You don’t have to limit yourself to green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. This Globe & Mail story features several cocktails featuring Irish Whiskey picked from the Complete Home Bartender’s Guide, a staple of the Madtini cocktail book library.

4 / Lucky-tini Jelly Shot
What could be more fun that a delicious green cocktail this St. Patrick’s Day? How about that same cocktail as a Jelly Shot? Jellyshot Test Kitchen is serving up a recipe for a Lucky-tini Jelly Shot using vodka and Midori watermelon liqueur.

5 / Italians Wins Cocktail World Cup
Team Italy bested six other crews of bartenders to take the title at the 42BELOW Cocktail Word Cup last weekend in Queenstown, New Zealand. Their drink the Elixir of Love, a mix of pineapple, lavender vodka, limoncello, raspberry liqueur and Fernet Branca helped them win the finale and the title.

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5 image in collage by Leo Reynolds used under CC license.

A Night of Old-Style Cocktails with Snapstaff

Snapstaff Cocktail TastingOn Saturday night Madtini was invited out to a special cocktail tasting session with Snapstaff, a Toronto-based group bringing cocktail revivalism to private events. We were joined by Alexa Clark, blogger/author of Cheap Eats Toronto, and organizer of the Secret Pickle Supper Club and Zaigham Zulqernain, of the marketing agency House of Bamboo.

Snapstaff began offering their services to the Toronto area back in May, and their mission is to bring crafted cocktails to clients that are tired of the typical sweet drinks that are full of artificial flavours and colours. They specialize in using real ingredients including freshly squeezed juices, bitters, teas, agave, herbs and spices. They will prepare a special menu of drinks for your guests, taking into account the theme, season and and anything else you’d like.

We were served up 5 of their featured cocktails. The most difficult decision was which drink to try first.

The first drink we tried was the Cumberland, a cool cocktail perfect for a summer patio featuring muddled cucumber, pear nectar, lemon juice, simple syrup and gin. Next up was the Cilantro Mule, featuring fresh lime juice, fresh coriander, ginger-lemongrass cordial, gin, topped with club soda and garnished with a slice of lime and a sprig of coriander. Drink #3 was the Greyhound Deluxe, a mix of fresh-squeezed grapefruit and lime, simple syrup, vodka, cherry bitters and a mint leaf.

Things got even more interesting with the last two drinks we sampled. The New Old Fashioned was a strong, sophisticated drink ideal described by Zaigham as perfect for sipping on a cold winter night next to a fire with a good cigar. The drink was made up of sliced pitted cherries, maple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and bourbon. This drink would set Don Draper back a few steps.

The final drink was the Georgian Jealousy, a complex cocktail based on late 19th century tastes. The drink balanced the aromatics of the gin with tannins, vinegar and honey and then completed the drink with strong tea, apple cider vinegar, honey and gin.

It was tough to choose a favorite of this group, but if i had to choose one Snapstaff drink it would be the New Old Fashioned… or the Greyhound Deluxe… or the… Find out for yourself and hire Snapstaff for your next party or event in the Toronto area. Their rates are on the website.

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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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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