Mad Men Season 3 Premiere Cocktail Party

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Finally! Season 3 of Mad Men premieres August 16. And it’s just not Mad Men without booze.

Who can forget when Sally Draper mixed a Tom Collins for the grownups? Or when Don Draper wooed Rachel Menken with one of the prettiest Mai Tais I’ve ever seen? And of course there was Freddy Rumson’s … incident in the office after one Screwdriver too many.

So what better way to celebrate the start of this new season than with a 1960s Mad Men cocktail party!

Here are a few cocktails we’ve seen characters order, plus some additional suggestions appropriate for the era:

Old Fashioned (Don Draper)


1 sugar cube
1 dash bitters
1 tsp. water
2 oz rye whiskey


Muddle the sugar cube, bitters and water in an old-fashioned glass. Add rye and stir. Add ice plus a twist of lemon peel. (Don’t leave the peel in the glass) Garnish with an orange slice.

Vodka Gimlet (Betty Draper)


1 oz lime juice
1 tsp. simple syrup
1.5 oz vodka


Shake with ice then strain into a cocktail glass.

Gibson (Roger Sterling)


2.5 oz gin
½ oz dry vermouth


Stir with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cocktail onion.

Brandy Alexander (Peggy Olson)


½ oz crème de cacao
½ oz brandy
½ oz heavy cream


Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.

Other 1960s cocktails:

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