Mad Men Cocktails

A cocktail for all your favorite Mad Men

Like a brooding, laconic version of Sex and the City (“I’m such a Miranda”), Mad Men offers a favorite character for every type of fan. There’s the dashing, taciturn Don Draper, the sarcastic and witty Peggy Olson, and the persnickety Pete Campbell. We all know who we love, and who we love to hate.

All of these Mad Men cocktails are either portrayed on the show or would have been popular during the era. Some are the go-to favorites of certain characters (like the Old-Fashioned), while others only show up in an episode or two (like the Mai Tai). Here are some more details on the recurring drinks and their associated characters:

Old-Fashioned // Don Draper

The cocktail that started it all, for the man who started it all. Don Draper’s favorite drink is a must-have for any fan of the show, and any fan of great cocktails in general.

Vodka Gimlet // Betty Draper

The signature drink of Betty Francis, a polarizing figure portrayed by the wonderfully talented January Jones. While the traditional Gimlet is made with gin, many agree with Betty that substituting vodka makes for a more refreshing, uncomplicated cocktail.

Bloody Mary, Vodka Martini, Gibson // Roger Sterling

A go-to for numerous characters, the Bloody Mary works just as well at brunchtime as it does after dinner. This savory cocktail is frequently suggested by Roger, who seems content with just about anything as long as it has vodka in it (hence his love of the Vodka Martini and Gibson).

Manhattan // Peggy Olson

A card-carrying member of the holy trinity of classic cocktails, the Manhattan is the drink of choice for thick-skinned copywriter Peggy Olson. After a long day of insufferable antics from your creative team, this is a perfect drink to help you unwind.

Mai Tai // Megan Draper

When Don and his new wife Megan take a vacation to Hawaii, they throw back enough Mai Tais (and other tropical drinks) to last them a lifetime. Seems like they needed to, what with the plethora of overly-talkative midwesterners at the hotel.

Tom Collins, Gin Fizz // Joan Harris

Joan Harris was known to enjoy a Tom Collins from time to time, and when her abusive husband returns from Vietnam, Joan and his family take him out for a painfully awkward dinner. Joan washes it all down with a Gin Fizz, which is the first time this classic cocktail appears on the show.

  • Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, Lime
    Often a hangover "cure" for the urban brunch-goers of the world, the Bloody Mary makes for a nicely savory start to your Sunday when the bottomless Mimosas just aren't going to cut it. A Bloody Mary can be very spicy, very mild, or somewhere in between, so adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce to taste. And for an extra kick, you can add some ground cayenne pep…
  • Light rum, Pineapple juice, Blue Curacao, Cream of coconut, Pineapple, Cherry
  • White rum, Lime, Simple syrup
    The classic Daiquiri is a wonderfully simple cocktail consisting of white rum, lime juice, and sugar. That's it. You should always use fresh-squeezed lime juice, as the bottled stuff comes from concentrate and doesn't taste nearly as good (and, in some cases, can even impart some nasty metallic flavors). To avoid getting clumps of granulated sugar in your Da…
  • Gin, Vermouth, Cocktail onion
    The Gibson is a variation of the Martini that is spirit-forward with a salty and savory flavor.
  • Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Soda Water, Egg White
    The Gin Fizz is a classic gin cocktail made with simple syrup, lemon juice, soda water, and, optionally, egg white. It's probably the most famous fizz recipe, a category of drinks that are typically made with soda (hence the name), citrus, and sometimes egg white for texture (its cousin, the Ramos Gin Fizz, is another favorite). It's tart, rich, and has just…
  • Rum, Orgeat syrup, Orange Curaçao, Rock candy syrup, Lime juice, Mint
    The Mai Tai is an absolutely essential tiki cocktail that any beach bum worth their salt needs to know. Don't be fooled by any neon-colored pretenders or bottled mixes—this is a classic drink that doesn't need to show off. It's simple, delicious, and shows off the almond notes of a good orgeat alongside a timeless blend of rum, orange liqueur, and lime.To ma…
  • vodka, ginger beer, lime juice
    The Moscow Mule is a classic, refreshing vodka cocktail, great for hot summer days or a night out on the town. It isn't the most complicated recipe, but the Moscow Mule is certainly delicious if you're looking for something frosty, gingery, and crisp. We recommend using fresh lime juice, as the bottled stuff from concentrate has a lot less in the way of arom…
  • Cognac, Cointreau, Lemon juice
    The Sidecar is a Prohibition-era classic with a nice balance of citrus and sweet, making it a perennial favorite. The exact origin of the Sidecar is unclear, and as a cocktail it definitely demands some experimentation with the proportions. Most ratios are equally valid (don't tell anyone we said that...), but this recipe is the one we've found most reliably…
  • Brandy, white crème de menthe
    Dating back to at least 1917, the Stinger is a classic cocktail known as a "duo," i.e., a drink made with only two ingredients: a spirit and a liqueur. It became famous in the 20th century for its references in literature, film, radio plays, and even James Bond novels. It's a fantastic combination of brandy and white crème de menthe, and it certainly looks p…
  • Gin, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Club soda, Maraschino cherry
    The Tom Collins is a classic summer highball that's perfect for the golf course or a backyard barbecue, made from gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. The Tom Collins is served in, you guessed it, a Collins glass, which is narrower than a typical highball. A nice side effect of this glassware is that when you tilt the drink all the way back to get …
  • Vodka, Dry Vermouth, Olive
    The Vodka Martini is, as the name would imply, simply a variation of the classic Dry Martini that uses vodka instead of gin. It makes for a very different drink, in which the aromas from the vermouth are more pronounced relative to those of the spirit. And, as a bonus, it lets you order a sexy-looking Martini even if you can't stand the thought of drinking g…
  • Whiskey, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White
    The Whiskey Sour is a classic drink, certainly, but it's never been accused of being a pretentious one. Nor, thanks to its unassuming simplicity, has it ever held a seat at the table with some of its classic brethren, like the Martini or Manhattan. As cocktail historian David Wondrich once put it, the Whiskey Sour "is the fried-egg sandwich of American mixol…
  • Vodka, Coffee liqueur, Light cream
    A White Russian is a simple vodka cocktail with a creamy, coffee flavor that makes for a great dessert drink. It is very similar to a Kahlua and Cream but stronger due to the addition of vodka.Believed to have been invented sometime in the 1950s, the White Russian cocktail has enjoyed renewed popularity thanks to the 1998 Hollywood hit The Big Lebowski in wh…
  • Gin, Champagne, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Lemon Twist
    The French 75 is a classic sweet and sour cocktail, augmented nicely by refreshing bubbles from the champagne. This one made its first appearance in print during Prohibition in 1927.
  • Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters
    The Manhattan cocktail is simple, elegant, and overflowing with class—the perfect drink to round out a long day at the office or enjoy under candlelight with a loved one. You should always use rye whiskey (some Canadian whiskies with a high percentage of rye will do in a pinch), and we recommend a quality sweet vermouth like Noilly Prat Rouge, Carpano Antica…
  • Bourbon, Mint, Simple Syrup, Crushed Ice
    Typically associated with the Kentucky Derby, this cocktail is a refreshing—if divisive—treat for the spring and summer. As far as the bourbon goes, we don’t recommend using anything too expensive unless you’ve got some income that desperately needs disposing, since it tends to get a little washed out by the other flavors. Be sure to find the freshest mint y…
  • Bourbon or rye whiskey, Angostura bitters, sugar cube, orange peel
    The Old-Fashioned cocktail dates back to the turn of the nineteenth century—the very dawn of the word “cocktail” itself—and is often regarded as the most essential of the classic cocktails, if not the best-known whiskey drink of all time.The Old-Fashioned cocktail is a simple drink, consisting of bourbon or rye whiskey, sugar or simple syrup, Angostura bitte…
  • Light rum, Lime, Coca-Cola
    A Cuba Libre is a simple cocktail that very similar to a Rum & Coke, with the addition to fresh lime juice for a citrus twist.
  • Vodka, Lime Juice, Lime
    The Vodka Gimlet is equally at home on hot summer days by the pool and cool nights in hotel lobbies. The recipe is simply a vodka-based variation on the classic Gimlet that's refreshing, delightful, and easy to make. Where the traditional gin can sometimes be fairly complex, substituting vodka gives rise to a smooth, straightforward drink instead.The Vodka G…

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