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6 Ways to Drink Like Don Draper for the Mad Men Premiere

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Let's be serious: the only reason any of us really watch Mad Men is to fantasize about being as cool as Don Draper. And if there's ever any chance of that happening, you'll need booze (and ice, fetched by your secretary) in a glass, and you'll need it fast.

Make any one of these classics, sit back, and settle in for this season's premiere. (Really settle in -- it's two hours.) Who knows, maybe Pete and Trudy will finally work things out, maybe Peggy will out-Don Don, maybe you'll drink two Old Fashioneds and never know the difference. It's Jimmy Barrett logic: the drunker you are, the funnier all of this becomes. Cheers, people. 

Old Fashioned





Classic Daiquiri

Still want another? Click play and watch every drink consumed during the show. Ever. 

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Tags: cocktails, drinks, Mad Men, Don Draper, 1968

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Comments (8)


over 2 years ago ryanm

Yes--a Boulevardier--that's it. Not sure why I can never remember the name, since I sure can remember the drink.


over 2 years ago priyaramkumar1982

Was there really someone drinking negroni?


over 2 years ago LauriL

I've never seen the show either but Marian you are dead on! And to Ryanm...would that be a Mangroni? LOL!!


over 2 years ago ryanm

A Mangroni--nice! For what it's worth, I don't watch the show either. In fact I'm not sure I know anyone who's much of a TV person. But we do all like our libations.


over 2 years ago LauriL

I watched very closely and I didn't see anyone drinking a Manhattan or a Negroni!!! Lol


over 2 years ago Marian Bull

But isn't it appropriate to watch a show about Manhattan while drinking a Manhattan? (And isn't a negroni always appropriate?)

I don't watch the show, but I'm always happy to find an excuse to stir myself a cocktail and pretend I'm as much of a baller as Don Draper.


over 2 years ago ryanm

I can't recall its name, but that mash-up between a Manhattan and a Negroni is also quite nice (I prefer it to both, in fact): equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth, and rye/bourbon.

over 2 years ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

I think you may be talking about a Boulevardier, and if so, nicely done.