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Mad Men Mondays: Old Fashioned & Mint Julep

Last night on Mad Men, there were classic martinis served at Joan's house (gin, 3 olives) and our copywriters were working on a Bacardi campaign, leading to multiple mentions of rum and coke. But two other drinks took precedence for me: the Old Fashioned that Don whipped up at the bar and the Mint Julep everyone was sipping at the party.

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Once again, I'm consulting my Grandpa's books, The Bartender's Friend (1946) and Old Mr. Boston's Complete Bartenders Guide (1935).

The Old Fashioned
Since I love bourbon (and rye in particular), I'll often order an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan when I'm in a bar where I know the bartender will create an excellent one (such as McCormick & Schmick's or a Ruby's restaurant.)

1 lump sugar
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1/2 oz Ginger Ale
1 jigger Rye

Muddle together the sugar, bitters, and ginger ale.
Add to mixing glass or shaker, along with 2 lumps of ice and rye.
Stir.
Pour into highball glass and garnish with orange slice and a cherry.

The Mint Julep
There are definitely more complex mint julep recipes out there, many involving your stove and a simple syrup. This version of the mint julep is the easy-to-make-behind-a-bar version

4 sprigs mint
crushed ice
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 tsp water
2 oz rye or bourbon
12 oz highball glass

Muddle 4 sprigs mint with powdered sugar and water and add to glass.
Fill glass quarter-full of shaved ice and stir.
Add 2 oz rye or bourbon
Top off with crushed ice and mint garnish


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Photo from AMC, by Carin Baer
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Posted by Michelle at 9:47 am in Cocktails, Entertainment, Mad Men Monday, Pop Culture, Television | Permalink | Comments (5)

5 Responses to “Mad Men Mondays: Old Fashioned & Mint Julep”

  1. Evan says:

    I am wary of an Old Fashioned. I have ordered it a few times at different places, and it always is horrible. On paper it sounds wonderful, but there is something with the bitters that just leaves it tasting like I was drinking from an ash tray.
    A Manhattan, on the other hand, has always been a safe go-to. The Rookwood in Mt. Adams makes an amazing one.

  2. I am a huge bourbon fan and these two are among my favorite cocktails. I was surprised to find it’s really easy to make your own mint syrup for mint juleps (or mojitos). I made a huge batch of this recipe for the Derby and froze the extra: http://twurl.nl/qxrylt
    Evan – if you want to give Old Fashioneds another shot, I suggest you try one with the cherries and orange crushed in the bottom with the sugar. I think that really offsets the bitters.

  3. John Martin says:

    Ginger ale? In an Old Fashioned?
    Which book did that come from or is this a McCormick & Schmick’s or a Ruby’s restaurant innovation?

  4. Michelle says:

    John:
    I was surprised too. This came from the 1946 edition of The Bartender’s Friend.
    My grandpa was a bartender in the 40s and 50s. He had a bunch of wonderful bartending books and this one I happen to love. It’s a pocket-sized, easy reference book that I can picture any WWII-era bartender pulling out of their apron pocket.

  5. I tried that Mint Julep last night. Super deal.
    Thanks for the great tip.

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