The blogoshere is bumping with anticipation for the Season 4 Mad Men premiere. What’s not love about 1960s office glamour, politics and gender struggles? People even went to offices back then!
But enough with the social commentary…here’s a little jewelry roundup and cocktail menu inspired by the show’s leading ladies. A warm thank you to my friend Kathryn, who’s responsible for helping you look and feel your best when hosting a Sunday night viewing party.
Blippy Bipolar Betty (Dark ‘n’ Stormy)
Though Betty is known for drinking gimlets, which suggest “cool, collected, slightly alcoholic homemaker,” all of the recent turmoil in the Draper household calls for something a little more dramatic. A departure from Betty’s typical style, and designed to look like an impending tempest, the dark ‘n’ stormy fits the bill.
6 oz Ginger Beer (Maine Root, Barritt’s, or Gosling’s)
2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Pour ginger beer over ice in a collins glass and gently top with the rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.
All top right jewels are part of Tiffany’s Schlumberger collection (new or vintage). All bottom left rings reflect what these the ladies’ granddaughters might wear today.
Judgment Day Joan (Sidecar)
Like Joan, the sidecar is smooth and a bit sweet but with a slightly tart kick, and it gets the job done. This drink is not flashy – Joan is not one to seek attention – but it has understated class. Bonus: The warm color complements Joan’s copper hair.
2 parts Cognac
1 part Cointreau
1 part Lemon Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.
Power Hungry Peg (Whiskey Sour)
Living in Don Draper’s whiskey-soaked shadow and now one of the boys, but still ladylike, Peggy is suited by a whiskey sour. The whiskey can easily be found around the office, and the sharpness of the lemon echoes Peggy’s wit, but it is softened by a little sweetness and a little fruit.
2 oz Rye or Blended Whiskey
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp Super Fine Sugar or Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass or over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice and a cherry.
Trudy Campbell – Planter’s Punch
Like Trudy, this cocktail is attention-seeking, lacks depth, and looks great at parties. There are many recipes; this is one:
1 part Dark Rum
2 parts Orange Juice
1 part Pineapple Juice
1/2 part Grenadine
1 dash Angustora Bitters (optional)
Serve over ice in a collins glass. Garnish with an orange slice and/or lemon slice and a cherry.
Mona Sterling – Negroni
The perfect drink for Mona – bitter (from the Campari, and the cheating ex-husband) but with class and integrity. I chose the Negroni instead of its diluted-with-soda sister, the Americano, because, well, Mona can handle it.
1 part Gin
1 part Sweet Vermouth
1 part Campari
Serve over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with orange peel.