With our client’s Prohibition/1920′s/Boardwalk Empire party coming up in just s a few short days (ahh!) I’m feeling a bit inspired by theme parties today. Combine that with my obsession with Mad Men (and the season premier last night!) and today’s blog post is born….
Let’s throw a Mad Men party! Between the awesome fashion and delicious beverages, this party is a win win for all those invited! If you are also a fan of the show and caught the premier last night please think twice before having someone imitate Don’s (current) wife Megan and her little song and dance. Zooby Zooby Zoo.
Perhaps the most consumed beverage of the show…
Don’s Old Fashioned - Recipe courtesy of The Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, New York, via “The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook”
- 1 orange slice
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Few drops of Angostura bitters
- A splash of soda water to muddle ingredients
- 2 ½ ounces rye or bourbon
Directions: In a mixing glass muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water, breaking up cherry and orange until flavor is released. Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar is melted. Add bourbon or rye and serve over rocks, if desired
Note: Bourbon or rye may be used in the Old Fashioned. Rye was originally used, and The Grand Central Oyster Bar is starting to use rye again in these drinks; they use Michters’, but Don would likely choose Canadian Club, the brand we often see in his office and home. Seagrams V.O. and Crown Royal were also popular in the 1960s, says Jonathan Rogers of The Grand Central Oyster Bar.
There are great options out there for outfits to match this era. I love them all!
Sure you can search all around the web for Mad Men inspired outfits but why go through the hassle when you can just hit up Banana Republic’s exclusive Mad Men line and dress like Don, Joan, Peggy, and Roger as often as you want!
All the “little extras” to make it the perfect Sterling Cooper Draper Price shindig.