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Mad Men Poker Night

Those of you who follow me on twitter, would know that I am going to a Mad Men themed dinner/poker night tomorrow, and although I haven’t seen an entire episode of the show through and through, the vintage lover in me is super stoked.

For those who don’t know, the show is set in a 1960’s New York Ad agency. A line skirts and little waists flount the set, men with serious expressions, slick hair and great suits abound. Ahhh bliss. I was totally born in the wrong decade. Fashion wise at least.

While we won’t be dressing up (who am I kidding, I know I can rock the skinny tapered jeans 60’s stylee), the menu will be a la 1960’s Americana. Julia Child and Jackie Kennedy were definitely an influence at this time in food and otherwise… So while I haven’t fully decided what I am going to make the following are on my list:

Old FashionedOld Fashioned

Traditionally served in a short, round, 8–12 ounce tumbler-like glass, called an Old-Fashioned glass, named after the drink.


* 2 oz bourbon whiskey
* 2 dashes Angostura® bitters
* 1 splash water
* 1 tsp sugar
* 1 maraschino cherry
* 1 orange wedge


Mix sugar, water and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir. Recipe from here.

whiskey sourWhiskey Sour


* 1 1/2 ounces whiskey (or bourbon, Scotch, Canadian whiskey, or Irish whiskey)
* 4 ounces sour mix, recipe follows
* Crushed ice
* 1 maraschino cherry


Combine the whiskey and sour mix in a large old-fashioned glass with ice. Stir, garnish with cherry, and serve.

Sour Mix:

1-ounce lemon juice

1-ounce sugar

2 ounces water

Combine lemon juice and sugar, then dilute with water and stir to dissolve sugar. Decorate glass with a sugared rim and or citrus as desired. Recipe from Emeril.

mint julepMint Julep


* 2 cups water
* 2 cups white sugar
* 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
* 32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon
* 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish


1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour syrup through a strainer to remove mint leaves
2. Fill eight cups or frozen goblets with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. (Proportions can be adjusted depending on each person’s sweet tooth). Top each cup with a mint sprig and a straw. Trim straws to just barely protrude from the top of the cups. Serve juleps on a silver platter.
Recipe from All Recipes.

And that’s just the drinks!!! Hmm..I am toying with making some eats too…keep your eyes peeled for another post methinks..

images from awesome drinks, ezra poundcake and the examiner.


2 Responses

  1. sounds like fun! be sure and wear pearls. 😉

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