Mad Men (Season 5)

His account history of airlines, cars, cigarettes, and beauty products speak for themselves—Don Draper has a creative mind. But while he jazzes things up when it comes to ad sales, taking risks with unexpected pitches, the Mad Men character tends to keep his cocktail preferences classically cool. The Madison Ave. legend’s taste for flavorful libations as yet to run dry, and we have a feeling that he won’t ditch his go-to drinks, like the Manhattan, in Season 7 either.

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Because a Mad Men viewing party wouldn’t be the same without an ode to Don and his crew, it’s essential for you to give your guests the option of a decadent drink that the entire agency would approve of. Kick off your celebrations with the Neruda, a version of the Manhattan created by mixologist Kenneth McCoy of Ward III, using Hornitos’ Black Barrel Tequila.


The Neruda
-2 Parts Hornitos Black Barrel
-1 Part Sweet Vermouth
-Candied Habañero

So what makes this the ideal drink to sip on while you watch the award-winning show? Mixologist Kenneth McCoy says it’s “big, bold, adventurous, and has attitude.” Sounds familiar, right?

“This isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s different, it’s pronounced,” he explains.

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Grab your ingredients and supplies (McCoy says you should have the basics—items like liquid measuring devices, a Julep strainer, a bar spoon, and a mixing glass or tin) and test the recipe out for yourself.

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Worried your guests will get a bit hungry? Our expert suggests pairing this drink with snacks that are “simple but interesting.” His picks include deviled eggs with paprika, hot and spicy nuts, bacon-wrapped dates, garlic and parmesan popcorn, and harissa and hummus toast. Yum!

Do you think you’ll give this drink a try? Tweet @OKMagazine and leave a comment below.

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