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.

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.

The Irish Canadian Old Fashioned

Irish Canadian Old Fashioned Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes of bitters
  • juice from half a lemon
  • twist or orange

Preparation
Combine the maple syrup and bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass, stir until well combined. Fill 2/3 of the glass with ice, then squeeze the lemon over the ice. Pour in Jameson and garnish with a twist or orange.

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The Irish Dreamsicle

Irish DreamsicleIngredients

  • 1 oz Jameson
  • 1/2 oz peach schnapps
  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • orange slice

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 3 ice cubes. Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

Adapted from a recipe at The Province.

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The Irish Manhattan

Irish Manhattan

Slàinte, and have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Jameson
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 can Guinness
  • Maraschino cherry

Preparation
Combine the whiskey, vermouth, and bitters to a mixing glass.  Fill the glass 2/3 of the way full with ice. Stir for15-20 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Pour a can of Guinness into a tall glass and allow to settle. Gently scoop all the light foam from the top of the Guinness and place it on top of the drink. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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The Irish Milkshake

Irish MilkshakeThis spiked shake would go perfect with your Guinness Burger, and its simple enough to make at home for your St. Patrick’s Day gathering.

Slàinte, and have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

Ingredients

  • 3 large scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 3 oz Guinness
  • 1 oz Jameson
  • Chocolate syrup

Ingredients
Combine Guinness, Jameson and ice cream in a blender until well mixed together, not all blenders will work the same which is why you can read the vitamix 5200 vs 5300 review here to know which one is the best and why. Drizzle the inside of a chilled glass with the chocolate syrup, then pour in the ice cream mixture. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Adapted from the menu at 25 Degrees in Hollywood.

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