‘Mad Men’ Inspired Cocktails

By Fabiana Santana

Try these sixties inspired cocktails dedicated to the hit show Man Men! Think Ginger Whisky, Greyhound, Pimm’s Cup and the Bloody Bull, which is a bloodless mary made with beef consomme and served with a meatball garnish.

Manhattan’s Blue Bar at the world famous Algonquin Hotel, where they serve a series of oxtails indicative of the time period, has actually been mentioned on the show. Some notable classic – and new classic – drink specialties include:

  • The Algonquin Cocktail Martini – This martini made of rye, vermouth and pineapple juice, was first invented at and named after the hotel. Various incarnations have been created and served throughout the world but the classic is best served by Rodney and his staff at The Blue Bar.
  • Dirty Don Mojito – Legend has it that the first time the now famous mojito was served in the United States was at The Algonquin. Rodney’s version is inspired by the infamous character that leads the cast of “Mad Men” and includes dark and golden top-shelf rums, club soda, mint, and lime.
  • Brandy Alexander – Original Round Table member and New York drama critic Alexander Woollcott claimed that this sweet, brandy-based cocktail was named after him. More than likely it was named after Czar Alexander II of Russia, but Woollcott was a confirmed fan of the drink, as was another frequent Algonquin guest, the great Broadway actress Helen Hayes, a reported teetotaler who once drank three Brandy Alexanders before she realized they contained alcohol.
  • The Blonde Betty– One of the most popular drinks for ladies in early 1960s New York – and no doubt what would have been Betty Draper’s chosen cocktail – was a Pink Squirrel. Rodney concocted his version – in a much more modern shade of “blonde” – inspired by the lovely Mrs. Draper that includes gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice.

Classic cocktail recipes to make at home!


  • Two parts gin
  • One part lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. Cointreau
  • One egg white
  • ½ tbsp sugar

Mix ingredients in a shaker half full of ice. Strain and serve in a lightly sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a strip of lemon rind.


  • 8-10 fresh mint leaves
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • One tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 oz. golden top-shelf rum (such as 10 Cane or Don Q)
  • ½ oz. dark top-shelf sipping rum (such as Ron Zacapa or Pyratt)
  • splash of club soda

Muddle the fresh mint leaves (infused not torn) with the lime juice and brown sugar.  Power shake with the golden rum and pour into an iced glass. Splash the club soda in the middle of the mixture and then julip-strain into a masculine old-fashioned glass.  Add the dark sipping rum to float along the top.  Top with a fresh mint flower and lime wedge as garnishes.

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