In just two days we will begin our final farewell to Don Draper and his cohorts. Mad Men has made such an impressive impact on television since its premiere. It was and still is one of the most talked about shows in television history. Its culmination is going to be a sad one, but the party will go on!
Food and drink has been a big part of the show since its inception. In fact, with the release of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook in 2011, the relationship between the show and its food/drink references has been further solidified.
I was asked to participate in the first Virtual Mad Men Dinner Party back in 2012, prior to the release of Season 5. I happily whipped up a couple versions of my favorite breakfast in a glass–Bloody Mary–both from the famed 21 Club in New York City.
I was later interviewed by the New York Post to discuss my party plans for viewing the Season 5 premiere, and even participated in a fun photo shoot featuring a pair of retro Dolce & Gabbanas and a pan of my beloved Nutella Bread Pudding.
One could say that ever since then, Mad Men has had a very special place in my heart. I’m really sad to see it go, but if we’re seeing it off, let’s do it in style: Mad Men-style!
We certainly can’t have a Mad Men premiere party without some booze. There are lots of cocktails to choose from, but I decided to create the light and refreshing Stork Club Cocktail, featuring gin and fresh orange juice.
I actually used a bright Cara Cara orange for mine, and the result was absolutely divine. The recipe doesn’t indicate any garnish, but I simply used a strip of orange peel, although a maraschino cherry would also offer a colorful, retro feel to the drink.
Stork Club Cocktail
- Dash of lime juice
- Juice of half an orange
- Dash of triple sec
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- Dash of angostura bitters
- Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well, and strain into a chilled 4-ounce cocktail glass.
Notes & Nutrition
- Use a dash of lemon juice if you don’t have lime.
- I suggest straining your freshly squeezed orange juice before adding to your shaker to ensure you don’t end up with pulp floating around in your cocktail.
- This cocktail also makes a wonderful punch. To serve, multiply ingredients and pour into a bunch bowl over a block of ice.