Mad Men Finale - Say Goodbye With a Perfect Mad Men Inspired Cocktail

The much-awaited season finale of Mad Men taking is almost upon us. To celebrate the end of this iconic show, Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a list of Mad Men inspired cocktails to get you in the mood.

The Roof at Viceroy New York, a perfect Don and Roger watering hole, has provided us with some character inspired cocktails.

Old Don, same tricks, and same go-to cocktail recipe. He's disappeared into middle America and checked into a raggedy motel (while sincerely checking out of his normal life). He's learned valuable lessons along the way, but has entirely lost a sense of identity and is almost entirely alone. Will Don stay the course and once again become Dick Whitman?

OLD FASHIONED (Don Draper) Courtesy of The Roof at Viceroy New York Ingredients: 2oz Old Forrester Bourbon 1 oz  Demerara Syrup 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 dashes Regans Orange Bitters Preparation: Stir. Rocks. Lemon and orange twist crossed in glass.

In what is likely one of the most visually memorable moments of the season, Peggy Olsen struts into the McCann Erickson office after splitting a bottle of vermouth with Roger Sterling. Compelling and captivating, Peggy holds Bert Cooper's old painting of "an octopus pleasuring a lady" under her arm and shows she's not afraid to do things her own way.

SUIT & TIE (Peggy Olson) Courtesy of The Roof at Viceroy New York Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Absolut Elyx Vodka 3/4 oz Plymouth Gin 3/4 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth 1/4 oz Maraschino 2 dashes Regans Orange Bitters Preparation: Stir. Martini or coupe. Garnish with lemon twist.

The tried and true Manhattanite Pete realizes that the city isn't quite what it's cracked out to be. Though he's incredibly successful at McCann Erickson (and maybe more so than his other former partners), Duck Phillips convinces Pete to give Learjet a shot. Pete musters up the courage to ask Trudy to reunite their family and move to Wichita. Will the promise of starting over last for the couple, or is Weiner toying with fans' need for a happy ending? Raise one last glass to the city in which he was born and bred.

GG MANHATTAN (Pete Campbell) Courtesy of The Roof at Viceroy New York Ingredients: 2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon 1 oz Carpano Antica Vermouth 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Preparation: Stir. Rocks. Garnish with 3 skewered brandied cherries.

Joan's treatment by the old boys' club at McCann Erickson doesn't sit well with her. A force to be reckoned with on the Avon and Topaz accounts, the chauvinism at the new firm really pervades the atmosphere. Joan's departure stings as she invokes the ACLU and Betty Friedan, though ultimately she parts with 50-cents on the dollar of her partnership money.

SPICY PALOMA (Joan Holloway) Courtesy of The Roof at Viceroy New York Ingredients: 2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila 3/4 oz Thai ChileAperol 1 oz grapefruit juice 1/2  oz lime juice 1/2 oz simple syrup Preparation: Shake. Collins. Soda float. Garnish with grapefruit slice in glass.

SPICY PALOMA (Joan Holloway)

 

The Strip House at Planet Hollywood has created a pair of Mad Men inspired cocktails that will go down perfectly in this steakhouse that has that perfect New York Mad Men feel to it.

Strip House Vesper ($15) features Skyy Vodka, Beefeater Gin, Lillet Blanc and pickled onion juice topped with a pickled onion.

Strip House Sour ($15) features Seagram’s 7, Blood Orange Juice, fresh lemon and simple syrup garnished with house made brandied cherries.

Strip House Vesper & Sour

If you are hosting your own party to say goodbye to Mad Men, here are some great cocktails to make for you and your guests.

SAPPHIRE TONIC

Channel the ultimate girl-boss Peggy Olson with a Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonic that will put you at home in even the most exclusive of boys’ clubs.   2 parts Bombay Sapphire Gin Fevertree Tonic Garnish with a lime   Pour ingredients in a highball glass.      

THE ST-GERMAIN COCKTAIL

Perhaps you are more of a modern woman like Megan Draper, who’d serve a St-Germain Cocktail or the La Rosette at one of her raucous soirees.   2 parts MARTINI Prosecco 1½ parts St-Germain artisanal French elderflower liqueur 2 parts Sparkling water   Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist.        

LA ROSETTE

½ part St-Germain artisanal French elderflower liqueur Top with Martini Prosecco   Served in flute glass and garnished with a strawberry.          

DEWAR’S® OLD FASHIONED

Do you fancy yourself a Don Draper, sipping on a Dewar’s Old Fashioned as you wait for the next idea to strike?   1 part Dewar’s® White Label® Blended Scotch Whisky 1 teaspoon sugar 2 dashes bitters 2 orange slices 2 maraschino cherries Water or soda   In the bottom of a rocks glass, carefully muddle the sugar, bitters, 1 orange slice, 1 cherry and a splash of water or soda. Remove the orange rind and add Dewar’s and ice. Garnish with the remaining orange slice and cherry.    

DEWAR’S® 12 MANHATTAN

Joan Harris, the epitome of sultry sophistication, would choose a Manhattan as iconic as her curves.   3/4 parts Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth 2 1/2 parts Dewar’s® 12 Blended Scotch Whiskey 1 dash Angostura® bitters 1 maraschino cherry 1 twist orange peel   Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 - 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently, don't bruise the spirits and cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry.    

BOMBAY NEGRONI

Sip like the stealth Henry Francis, who enjoys this simple, yet bitter cocktail as he plans his client’s next political maneuver.   3 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin 3 oz. Campari 3 oz Martini & Rossi vermouth Slice of orange, halved   Combine gin, Campari, and vermouth in a large tumbler. Fill two glasses with ice, pour half of the negroni into each, and garnish with half the orange slice.  

DISARONNO GODFATHER

Direct, precise and to-the-point, Peter Campbell would choose a strong drink that combines Disaronno with his favorite scotch whiskey.   ¾ part Disaronno 1 ¼ part Scotch Whiskey Pour ingredients over ice.

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