By Sara Hammel / People.com
The characters on Mad Men, AMC’s hit show about an advertising agency in the 1960′s, seem to spend a lot of time imbibing old-time concoctions.
1. Don Draper (played by John Hamm, who was nominated for leading actor in a drama) is an old fashioned man, so his drink is …
According to Van Tiel, the Old Fashioned represents what is perhaps the oldest form of cocktail known. The first alleged use of the specific name “Old Fashioned” was for a whiskey cocktail in the 1880s, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky it was later brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.
• 2 oz Chivas Regal
• 1 dash angostura bitters
• 1 cherry
• 1 slice orange
Express oils of one large piece orange peel into old-fashioned glass. Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Add a garnish with a maraschino cherry.
The Red Snapper was originally mixed by the famous bartender Fernand “Pete” Petiot at Harry’s Bar in Paris, circa 1921, and dubbed a “Bucket of Blood,” by one of the bar’s patrons, according to Vintage Cocktails by Susan Waggoner and Robert Markel, Van Tiel says.
• 2 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
• 4 parts tomato juice
• 1 part Worchestershire sauce and tabasco sauce, to taste
• Generous pinch of black pepper
• Generous pinch of celery salt
• Creamed horseradish, to taste
Stir all ingredients in a pitcher until well mixed. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
3. Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery, who is nominated for supporting actor in a drama) loves his two-martini lunches with clients on Madison Avenue, so he drinks …
The Classic Martini
In 1896, Plymouth Gin was documented as the gin used in the Original Dry Martini recipe in Stuart’s Fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them, New York, says Van Tiel.
• 2 ½ oz. Plymouth Gin
• A splash of dry vermouth
• 2 drops of orange bitters
Add vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir, making sure the ice is coated with vermouth. Strain off excess vermouth and add remaining ingredients. Stir until extremely chilled and strain into a frozen martini glass. Garnish with an olive or a twist.