The End of An Era: 3 simple cocktail recipes to toast the series finale of Mad Men

We’re just hours away from the series finale of Mad Men. Whether you love it, you hate it, or love to hate it, the Emmy-award winning AMC series has undoubtedly contributed to the resurgence of cocktails in recent years. Here are three simple recipes to help you celebrate the end of an era:


Betty Draper-Francis’ go-to beverage, whether entertaining as Don’s wife or drinking alone at the bar.

  • 2 oz. vodka (or gin)
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice

Betty prefers it with vodka, but gin is perfectly acceptable. Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe and reminisce about the early years of Don and Betty’s marriage.

7 & 7

Although I don’t recall anyone actually drinking a 7 & 7 on Mad Men, we did catch a glimpse of Seagram’s Seven Crown whiskey in Don’s apartment.

  • 1.5 oz. Seagram’s Seven Crown American Whiskey
  • 6-8 oz. 7 Up

Start with a highball glass with ice and add whiskey. Fill with 7 Up, stir, and toast to the last 7 episodes.

Roger & Peggy’s Last Hurrah

If your liquor cabinet is looking a little light, you can always take a tip from Roger and Peggy and grab what’s available. Bonus points if it’s vermouth!

  • 1 bottle of whatever’s handy, such as Vermouth
  • 1 or more friends

Roller skates optional.

Cheer on the Seahawks with a “12th Man Gimlet”

gimletJust in time for Superbowl XLIX, get ready to cheer on the Seattle Seahawks with this hawktail recipe for a 12th Man Gimlet. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to your simple syrup- it won’t affect the taste but looks great next to a lime wedge.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 0.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. blue simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a football lime, and Go Hawks!

Much Too Much

Inspired by the Elvis Costello song New Amsterdam, Much Too Much adds a bitter herbal twist to a Gimlet. The raspberries provide a brilliant red hue to this tart cocktail.

  • 2 oz. New Amsterdam gin
  • 0.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • .25 oz. Cynar
  • 2 fresh raspberries

Muddle the 2 raspberries in a boston shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe.


For the truly brave, cut the simple syrup in half (using only 1/4 oz. instead of 1/2) and let the Cynar dominate.