Hosting a Mad Men Cocktail Party?

Hosting a MedMen Cocktail Party tonight?  Check out these great Mad Men era cocktails we found.  As always, we recommend substituting organic ingredients if they’re available!

 

Blinker
The Blinker cocktail

This spin on a 1930s classic uses raspberry simple syrup instead of grenadine.

Ingredients:

Ice

2 ounces rye whiskey

1 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

1 teaspoon store-bought or homemade raspberry syrup

A twist of lemon peel

 

Directions:

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the rye, grapefruit juice and raspberry syrup. Shake well, then double strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.

 

Red Hook

This variation on a Manhattan is a little bit sweeter.

Ingredients:

Ice

2 ounces rye whiskey

1/2 ounce Punt e Mes (an Italian vermouth, can substitute)

1/4 ounce maraschino liquor

Maraschino cheery or preserved cherries for garnish


Red Hook cocktail

Directions:

Fill a mixing glass halfway with ice. Add the rye whiskey, Punt e Mes and maraschino liqueur. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass.

 

Original Martini

Early martini recipes called for sweet, rather than dry vermouth.

Ingredients:

Ice

1 ounce gin

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 dash orange bitters

1 maraschino cherry, for garnish

 

Directions:

Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add the gin, vermouth and bitters and stir vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

 

Source (Deb Lindsey/THE WASHINGTON POST)

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