POPSUGAR Celebrity

Toast Mad Men's Return With Cocktail Classics

Apr 5 2013 - 11:54am

Thank goodness Mad Men returns for its sixth season this Sunday; any longer, and I might have taken up a three-martini lunch habit. I am giddy at the return of retro style and classic cocktails. Even as it evolves, the 1960s-set show always shines a compelling lens on American cocktail culture. Celebrate the return of this tribute to classic libations by mixing up a drink (or three) featured on the show.

Sources: AMC [1] and Anna Monette Roberts


Roger Sterling hasn't stopped knocking back martinis at lunch. The classic dry version uses vodka or gin, dry vermouth, and olives.

Source: Flickr user wickenden [2]

Tom Collins

This sweet and sour gin cocktail [3] is perfect for Summer parties — so perfect that Don teaches his 6-year-old how to make it for guests.

Photo: Nancy Einhart

Brandy Alexander

A milky mix of brandy, cream, and crème de cacao, the Brandy Alexander [4] helps Peggy through an unsuccessful date in one episode. Watch this instructional video [5] to see how it's done.

Photo: Nancy Einhart

Old Fashioned

Don Draper is a brown-liquor man who is known to order old fashioned cocktails [6], made with whiskey, bitters, and a touch of sugar.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Campari With a Twist

Now-departed art director Salvatore is partial toward Campari, a classic Italian aperitif. He orders his with a twist, rather than in a negroni cocktail [7].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Gin Gimlet

Betty Francis has been known to sip gimlets [8], a classic cocktail made with gin and Rose's lime juice, served up.

Source: Flickr User Trisha @ cheekyattitude [9]

Mai Tai

In season one, Don has drinks with a client named Rachel Menken, who boldly orders a mai tai [10] in a dimly lit lounge. This tiki drink is made with dark rum and orgeat syrup.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Sambuca Con Mosca

In a pivotal scene in season one, Salvatore explains that sambuca con mosca — Italian anise liqueur [11] with espresso beans — translates to sambuca "with flies."

Source: Flickr User Caitlinator [12]

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary [13] isn't just Peggy's drink of choice; it was also Don and Betty's choice libation to relax with on Sunday afternoons. Spice it up with hot sauces or with the addition of black pepper and horseradish [14], as pictured.

Photo: Nicole Perry

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