We can't indulge in the Season 6 premiere of Mad Men without supping on a couple cocktails as we find out whether Don Draper is going to have a roving eye once again or if he stays loyal to his ambitious wife Megan.
And will Peggy return to her mentor, Don after leaving Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce for pastures new in season 5.
Check out these fab cocktail recipe ideas to quench your thirst while catching up on the hit 50s show which is back this Sunday, April 7th on AMC.
Basil Hayden's bourbon is a favorite among the cast and crew with show creator Matthew Weiner revealing that he often drinks it with his writers in the writers room so here are some options using the delicious liquor.
Basil Hayden's® Mad-hattan (Created by Damian Windsor, LA)
2 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon
3/4 parts Dolin® Blanc Vermouth de Chambery
1 bar spoon Luxardo® Maraschino Cherries
1 dash Orange Bitters
1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until combined.
2. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
3. Garnish with an orange twist.
Basil Hayden's® Old Fashioned - Recipe by Shawn Thompson, Chicago
1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
2 dashes of Bitters
2 tsp Demerara Sugar
1/8 Blood Orange (or Clementine Orange)
1 Griottine® Cherry
Splash of Soda Water
1. In a rocks glass, muddle the cherry and blood orange with the skin removed in the sugar
2. Add bitters and Basil Hayden's and stir until the sugar is dissolved
3. Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a slice of blood orange
Basil Hayden's Manhattan 2.0
1½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
½ part Sweet Vermouth
½ part Dry Vermouth
½ part Maple Syrup
2 dashes of Bitters
1. Stir together the bourbon, vermouths, maple syrup and bitters over ice in a rocks glass
2. Garnish with a cherry and serve.
MORE COCKTAILS IDEAS!
APPLE CIDER SIDECAR – Whiskey Park (100 Central Park Ave.)
1.5oz Remy Martin VSOP
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce lemon juice
1 shot glass of Crispin Apple Cider
Shake and top off with the cider. Serve in a martini glass. Rim with cinnamon sugar and garnish with an orange twist.
The stigma surrounding Pete Campbell’s hard-fought partnership still leaves him on the sidelines, but he chooses a drink with classic sophistication to emphasize his confidence and charisma to level the playing field amongst the partners.
MOON BLOSSOM- Koi SoHo (246 Spring Street)
1 ½ ounces Absolut Acai
¾ ounce lemon simple
¼ ounce lychee puree
Shake ingredients and strain over ice in 9 ounce glass. Top with Moon Rabbit Sparkling Sake.
Travel abroad from the comfort of Bert Cooper’s office with Japanese delicacies that are not only pleasing to the most discerning palates, but stimulating to the senses as well. Just don’t forget to take off your socks before entering!
THE SILVER FOX FIZZ – (A DISARONNO original recipe)
2 ounces BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin
¾ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce orgeat syrup (syrup made from almonds, sugar and rose or orange flower water)
1 egg white
Soda to taste
DISARONNO to taste
In a flute glass, build ingredients. Top generously with DISARONNO.
Smoldering silver fox Roger Sterling plays hooky from work and attracts covetable attention while drinking this suave egg white concoction.
HARD ROCK INTERNATIONAL mixes up “classic” cocktails like Don Draper – with a Hard Rock twist.
We think these period-perfect cocktails would be a great way to celebrate the Mad Men premiere during a viewing party or to cap off a stressful day at the office:
Bees Knees – a classic Prohibition cocktail from the 1930’s that used honey in order to mask the smell of liquor.
2 oz Hendricks
1 ½ oz Sweet & Sour
1 oz honey syrup (equal parts honey and simple syrup)
Shake and strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a lemon wedge in the drink
Whiskey Sour – one of the original cocktails and among the first in the ‘sour’ drinks family.
1 ½ oz Crown Royal
½ oz Luxardo
3 oz sweet & sour
Shake without ice and strain over fresh ice
Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry floating in the drink
Manhattan – like the city it’s named for, the classic cocktail is the epitome of refined sophistication, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to make!
2 oz rye
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash bitters
Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and an orange peel twist
Don’s Old Fashioned
1 1/2 parts Jim Beam® Bourbon
2 dashes bitters
In an old-fashioned glass, place 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 2 dashes bitters dissolved in water. Fill with ice. Pour 1-1/2 parts Jim Beam® Bourbon; add cherry, orange slice and lemon wedge.
1-3/4 parts Jim Beam® Bourbon
3/4 part vermouth
Add 3/4 part sweet vermouth to 1-3/4 parts Jim Beam® Bourbon in a manhattan glass. Add a cherry. Optional: add 1 dash bitters. Enjoy.
Smooth & Sour
2 parts Jim Beam Black® Bourbon
1 part amaretto liqueur
1 part triple sec
2 parts sour mix
2 parts lemon-lime soda
Serve shaken in a tall glass with cracked ice. Garnish with a squeeze of lemon.