Girl Drink Drunk: Mad Men Edition
Oh yes, the cocktails. See, while Mad Men is known for its attention to detail from period-perfect lipsticks to couches to fonts, it also nails the cocktail hour in terms of drinks and attitude. The office bar sets, the Manhattans and Old-Fashioneds, the nonchalant drinking at home around the kids. Reminds me of my grandparents, actually, who were very much of the Mad Men era in terms of style--even into their final years. I recall an episode with little Sally Draper preparing a drink for her father and his guests just like my sis and I used to at our grandparents' house. "You have to muddle it..."
So when AMC provided the Mad Men Cocktail Guide, I ran straight to Pogo's to prepare for my foray into the age of Helvetica and drinks that got you snockered by 4 p.m. The guide offered choices including the Tom Collins, Gimlet and Bloody Mary, but Granddaddy already taught me how to make those. Greyhound and Screwdriver...too brunchy. And I didn't have a copper tankard for the Moscow Mule, so I went with Don Draper's favorite and a ladies' choice: the Old Fashioned and the Pink Squirrel.
|Me and my Albino Squirrel|
Now, according to a bartender friend who wishes to remain nameless and since I am often served by this person I will abide, the Old-Fashioned might be the biggest pain-in-the-ass to make during a rush. Not only does it have a good many ingredients, but according to Nameless Bartender, if someone orders one, another person will overhear the order, think it's a good idea and order their own. And so on.
Jake and Marla were served their cocktails and Jake--being a whiskey drinker--took to it a bit easier than Marla. She got a little too excited after seeing the fruit and took a huge gulp, not expecting the strength of the drink. Then she made a bizarre raspy crowing sound, threw her arms up in the air and squinched her face in kinda like a baby who ate something they didn't like. She kept trying to sip it a few more times, but ultimately the Old-Fashioned was as hard a sell as some of the clients on Mad Men. I suppose a little soda water (a recipe variation that causes much controversy amongst no one that I know of, but apparently cocktail purists have strong opinions) would have helped dilute the alcohol. Jake nearly finished his before option for the 12-year-old whiskey someone had gifted him.
I like the Squirrels, but the cream factor will keep them from being a regular part of my drink diet. The Old-Fashioned is fine by me...if I'm not looking to make it through an hour of captivating television. My ol' Kentucky bourbon makes mama a little sleepy-drunk. Guess that would be a good thing if I were Sal's wife but not so awesome for a Sterling Cooper happy hour.