Manhattans and Mad Men

Don. Peggy. Joan. Roger. Even Betty.

I’ve missed you all. Especially Don. (Not you, Pete Campbell).

I was late to the game, watching Mad Men way after the rest of the world was already smitten. The first season was slow, but eventually it hooked me in. Getting to the show late meant watching all four seasons on Netflix. Getting my next fill of this heady, whiskey-soaked American life was as easy as clicking play.

Until the last episode. A sad night.

But on Sunday, my wait, our wait is finally over. Mad Men is back!

You could say we’ve been preparing by drinking Manhattans on the regular in the past week. A bartender made us some very generous Manhattans last Friday. We made our own on Sunday. Monday. Again on Wednesday.

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Maybe I also took a quick quiz on AMC’s site so I could finally know the answer to the all-important question – which Mad Man am I? Turns out I’m Joan Holloway. Sassy, among other things. I’ll take it! I’ve been told that once or twice.

Switching out the bourbon for rye whiskey is a very good idea if you’ve got it around. I sometimes prefer rye for a Manhattan, but I still love bourbon.

So… is it Sunday yet?


makes one drink

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • ice cubes
  • 1 brandied cherry

Fill a glass with ice cubes and water. Stir a couple of times before putting the glass in the freezer.

Add bourbon, vermouth, and bitters into a cocktail shaker.

Remove the glass from the freezer, and dump the ice and water.

Add a few ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and stir. Strain into chilled glass.

Add 1 brandied cherry to the cocktail.



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