Mad Men-Inspired Cocktails From

John Slattery (left) and Jon Hamm / Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

By Sara Hammel /

The characters on Mad Men, AMC’s hit show about an advertising agency in the 1960’s, seem to spend a lot of time imbibing old-time concoctions.

So when mixologist – and cocktail historian – Nick Van Tiel wanted to give a nod to the upcoming Emmy Awards, he pulled together a series of cocktails that best match the characters on the show (Mad Men that led the pack with 19 nominations).Van Tiel, Beefeater’s U.S. Brand Ambassador, shared his ideas and recipes with PEOPLE:

1. Don Draper (played by John Hamm, who was nominated for leading actor in a drama) is an old fashioned man, so his drink is …

Old Fashioned
According to Van Tiel, the Old Fashioned represents what is perhaps the oldest form of cocktail known. The first alleged use of the specific name “Old Fashioned” was for a whiskey cocktail in the 1880s, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club in Louisville, Kentucky it was later brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.

• 2 oz Chivas Regal
• 1 dash angostura bitters
• 1 cherry
• 1 slice orange

Express oils of one large piece orange peel into old-fashioned glass. Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Add a garnish with a maraschino cherry.

2. Joan Harris(played by Christina Hendricks, who is nominated for supporting actress in a drama) has sipped many a bloody mary during the show, and she’d prefer the original recipe, Van Tiel suspects. She drinks …Red Snapper (The original Bloody Mary)
The Red Snapper was originally mixed by the famous bartender Fernand “Pete” Petiot at Harry’s Bar in Paris, circa 1921, and dubbed a “Bucket of Blood,” by one of the bar’s patrons, according to Vintage Cocktails by Susan Waggoner and Robert Markel, Van Tiel says.

• 2 parts Beefeater London Dry Gin
• 4 parts tomato juice
• 1 part Worchestershire sauce and tabasco sauce, to taste
• Generous pinch of black pepper
• Generous pinch of celery salt
• Creamed horseradish, to taste

Stir all ingredients in a pitcher until well mixed. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

3. Roger Sterling (played by John Slattery, who is nominated for supporting actor in a drama) loves his two-martini lunches with clients on Madison Avenue, so he drinks …

The Classic Martini
In 1896, Plymouth Gin was documented as the gin used in the Original Dry Martini recipe in Stuart’s Fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them, New York, says Van Tiel.

• 2 ½ oz. Plymouth Gin
• A splash of dry vermouth
• 2 drops of orange bitters

Add vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir, making sure the ice is coated with vermouth. Strain off excess vermouth and add remaining ingredients. Stir until extremely chilled and strain into a frozen martini glass. Garnish with an olive or a twist.


By Sara Hammel /

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