Drinking, Don Draper-Style, TheHoochLife.com

Don and his Mad Men crew can party like it’s 1959. Celebrate the holidays with classic, mid-century style.

Don Draper asks for an Old Fashioned. The befuddled bartender quips that a blind man must have set up the bar: “There’s no bourbon.” Draper graciously hops over the bar to assist. “Rye okay with you,” he asks the bartender, setting up two glasses with his concoction. “You look like you know what you’re doing,” says the bartender. Indeed. Draper muddles the sugar cube, bitters and water in a glass as he prepares a classic Old Fashioned.

The Mad man’s favorite (2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey, one to three dashes of bitters, a sugar cube and splash of water) is just one cocktail that has survived the past six decades of new, experimental concoctions and remains a classic today, particularly during the holidays. Patrons are more inclined to try something different and more classic during the holidays, because it feels special. It’s out with the old and in with the, well, old.

At New York’s Employees Only, the Old Fashioned, and other ’50s-era classics, are on the menu during the frostier months and year round, but holidays are the perfect time to explore more wintry, fuller cocktails like the Manhattan, Tom Collins, White Russian, Sloe Gin Fizz, Sidecar, Whiskey Sour and other classic blends. Read more

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~ by Tina Benitez-Eves on December 16, 2011.

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