Cocktail Hour: Mad Men

I don’t watch a ton of TV. When I do, I tend to like dramas. I love Big Love, The Tudors (and am looking forward to The Borgias), and Dexter. But my favorite show of the past ten years?

Mad Men.

What’ s not to like?  There’s intrigue, romance, sex, comedy and… cocktails.

If I drank like they did, I’d probably be unconscious.

So I’ve been Betty Draper for Halloween (complete with a pill bottle and an apron), I obsessively read Mad Men blogs, bought a poster with the iconic Mad Men glass (I own a real, live version) and may be currently the butt of Terry’s jokes since I bought a Mad Men Joan Holloway Barbie doll.


But mostly, this season I’m interested in watching what they drink.  This is an era of cocktails– the classics and Tiki were popular, but it was before a lot of the artificial monstrosities of the 70s and 80s.  These are sophisticated cocktails:

You get the idea– the stuff that today we consider classic, or maybe associate with our grandparents.  If you want a list of Mad Men-style cocktails for your Mad Men watching party, check out Mad Men’s cocktail site.  YumSugar puts each cocktail into its character’s context (Don Draper”s daughter, Sally, knows how to make a Tom Collins, for example, and Betty drinks a Vodka Gimlet.).

And if you’re going to just have a drink around the office?  Canadian Club Whiskey, neat or on the rocks.

I can’t wait to see what they’re drinking this season– Michelle will talk about it on Mondays, but don’t be surprised if I chime in if there’s something really neat.  I’m just waiting for Sally Draper to start drinking some of the cocktails she’s shaking… poor kid!