Warning! For adults only, this recipe contains alcohol.
The advertising executives of AMC’s Mad Men have brought the cocktails of the swinging 1960s back into style. Don Draper’s drink of choice is the Old Fashioned; Joan Halloway relaxes with a Tom Collins; and Roger Sterling gravitates toward anything with vodka or gin.
But nothing epitomizes the 1960s more succinctly than Betty Draper’s signature beverage, the Vodka Gimlet. Give the lady some credit: If you had a philandering husband with a mysterious past, you’d drink a lot of gimlets, too.
11/2 oz. vodka
3–4 lime slices
3/4 oz. lime juice
Pour vodka and lime juice into a mixing glass. Shake and strain into martini glass. Add 3 to 4 slices of lime. For extra flavor, garnish with mint leaves.
Turn on any episode of Mad Men—the first few seasons are currently available on DVD.
Sip your Vodka Gimlet whenever:
A cocktail is served
A cigarette is lit
Characters commit adultery
Characters reference a historical event
Don Draper has a flashback
Bert Cooper references his love of Japanese culture
Pete Campbell feels unappreciated
A female employee cries in the restroom
Finish your drink if:
A character discovers she is pregnant
A character makes a homophobic remark in the presence of Salvatore Romano
Don Draper rescues a client meeting with a brilliant idea
Betty Draper neglects her children
A character rides a John Deere tractor
Excerpted from The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion by Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Copyright © 2011 By Duane Swierczynski Excerpted by permission of Quirk Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.