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.

A Madtini evening with Jack Daniels: Lynchburg Lemonade

Jack Daniels - Lynchburg LemonadeCheck out other great cocktails on the Jack Daniels web site

Ingredients

  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 part sour mix
  • 1 part triple sec
  • 4 parts lemon-lime soda

Preparation

Combine all the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Stir and add the lemon-lime soda. Add slices of lemon, and garnish with a lemon wedge and maraschino cherry.

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A Wild Irish Rose and a Man on a Mission

Wild Irish Rose

Wild Irish Rose


Discovered a new blog today One year. 365 cocktails published by Mark Vierthaler out of Dodge City, KS. He’s currently on Day 71 of a mission to make a cocktail a day for 365 days. I’m just starting to explore the awesome drinks he’s published including this great drink from April 9, The Wild Irish Rose. All it look was one look at the delicious looking picture for the team at Madtini labs to head for the Irish Whiskey supply.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • 2 oz soda water

Preparation:
Pour all the ingredients into a rocks glass half-filled with ice cubes and stir.

Cheers to a Man on a 365 day cocktail mission!

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving – The Canadian Stone Fence… Cocktail of the Week #9 –

week9_stonefenceIt’s Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and we’re just waking up from a traditional post turkey coma-nap. This year, at Madtini World Headquarters we decided to skip the traditional oven-baked bird, and prepared a delicious turkey pizza (photos here) – you can see all the delicious details here. But, of course we couldn’t ignore our self-appointed duty to provide the people of the internet with our weekly cocktail recommendation.

A quick Google search brought us to this list of cocktails assembled specifically for Canadian Thanksgiving. We were sold on the ‘Canadian Stone Fence’ when we saw that it included delicious Apple Cider.

So, its not going to be easy, but now it’s just a matter of staying awake until tonight’s episode. Remember today is all about the Turkey and not the Duck (for the love of god Peggy, smarten up!!)

The Canadian Stone Fence Cocktail (makes one cocktail)

  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz Canadian Club (Canadian whisky)
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup

Mix all the ingredients with cracked ice in a shaker or blender. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cheers and take a moment to be thankful, but first pass those turkey leftovers over here buddy!

The Classic Manhattan – #Madtini Featured Cocktail for Week 2 of Mad Men Season 3

Preparing to make the Classic Manhattan

Preparing to make the Classic Manhattan

Mmmmm the Manhattan…. or maybe I should call it the Madhattan… is one of my favourite cocktails. Perhaps not as trendy currently as the Martini or the Cosmopolitan it’s still a classic and was a favourite in the 1960s.

Depending on where you find your recipe the Manhattan is made with whiskey, rye whiskey, Canadian whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, bourbon or even scotch. Personally, I’ve always favoured the Manhattan as made with Jack Daniels (Tennessee whiskey) and that’s what @RandyMatheson and I are making tonight. The classic Manhattan – whiskey, sweet vermouth and a maraschino cherry to garnish. Yum!

Served in a cocktail (martini) glass it’s sure to bring you right into the spirit of the Sterling-Cooper offices ;)

Classic Manhattan

2.5 ounces whiskey
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura® Bitters
1 Maraschino cherry

In a mixing glass combine whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters with 2 or 3 ice cubes stirring gently so as not to bruise the spirits and cloud the mixture.

Strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a curl of orange peel if desired.