The Old Fashioned

Did you know Mad Men has a cookbook? We discovered it  this weekend and have been living in the 60′s ever since – which basically means eating roasts, jello, and drinking copious amounts of gin and bourbon.

The first cocktail I ever had was a Dirty Sapphire Martini. It is, to this day, my drink of choice. Second? A Sapphire Gimlet. Can you tell who’s the fan of gin around here, eh?

But GamerMan… he’s more of a bourbon guy. Which is why when I found the recipe for an Old Fashioned in the Mad Men cookbook, I immediately ran to the cupboard and whipped one up!

Old Fashioned

(makes 1 drink – per The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook)

1 orange slice
1 maraschino cherry
1 teaspoon sugar
Few drops of Angostura bitters
A splash of soda water to muddle ingredients
2 1⁄2 ounces rye or bourbon

In a mixing glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters, and a little soda water: push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released.

Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar is melted.

Add rye or bourbon and serve over rocks, if desired.

Pomegranate Margaritini

Friday night we went to Olive Garden to celebrate my father’s birthday. PAR-TAY!

GamerMan and I got there first, and after launching myself from the car so I could get our names in and not wait 4 hours for bread sticks, I found there was absolutely no line and was immediately seated. How’bout that! SO, while the hubs parked the car, I ordered a drink!

Our waitress was super nice and suggested the Pomegranate Margarita Martini. It was delicious and devoured in .4 seconds. But being $10 a pop, I wasn’t about to order another one so I impatiently (and apparently quite loudly) waited until I got home before running to the interwebs to find a comparable recipe.

Lucky for me the copycat recipe immediately popped up. Unlucky for me, I didn’t have all the ingredients (and I wasn’t about to spend $100 on booze after all.the.cute.props I just.bought). So I did what any geeky lush would do – AN ADAPTATION!

Pomegranate Margaritini

(adapted from TopSecretRecipes - Serves 1)

1 oz Jose Cuervo Silver
3/4 oz Absolut Orient Apple
1.5 oz POM
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoons orange juice, low/no pulp
2 oz Sweet & Sour Mix

In a cocktail shaker, vigorously shake ingredients with a handful of ice. Strain into a chilled glass and serve with a lime round. Enjoy!

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