The Cocktails of Mad Men The New York Times 8.12.09

updated Jun 4, 2019
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Mad Men returns this Sunday. Do you have your Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, and Pink Squirrel Martinis ready?

Food is a distant relative who barely comes to visit compared to liquor on this show. And since booze is such a crucial in-office prop—maybe second only to cigarettes—the drinks had better be authentic.

This article in today’s Times notes that the creators of the show made a big mistake in Season 1, having Don Draper guzzle Fielding beer, which was not available in the United States at the time.

Well, they’ve cleaned up their act (when it comes to accuracy, at least). Cocktail experts like Dale DeGroff, who, by the way, also worked at an ad agency in the 1970s, weigh in on the authenticity of the show’s drinks, from the labels on the bottles to the type of whiskey Don Draper prefers.

Read the article: Sixties Accuracy in Every Sip

Nora has covered many classic cocktails in her Straight Up column. Check them all out here, and stay tuned for a special tutorial on gimlets (Betty Draper’s favorite) tomorrow.

Are you making any classic 60s cocktails in honor of Mad Men? AMC has a guide to the cocktails seen on the show, including the Pink Squirrel Martini…

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