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Mad Men Cocktails: The Pierre Hotel Irish Coffee

Don Draper Roger Stirling Drinking and Smoking Mad Men Cocktails: The Pierre Hotel Irish CoffeeIrish Coffee courtesy of The Pierre Hotel, New York, New York 

In the new book, the Unofficial Mad Men Cook Book, not only is the book laced with  late 50’s early 60’s Madison Avenue cuisine, the cocktails are just as sheik and classic as AMC’s Mad Men.  Don Draper, the Madison Avenue Advertising Executive was known to have a drink in his hand well before 11 am.  In 1956 the Pierre Hotel began serving Irish coffee as a way to market Irish Whiskey.  In the show Mad Men, Draper’s romantic interest Rachel Menkin, Jewish heir of a wealthy department store owner, orders a coffee at the Pierre Hotel and Draper tries to convince her to have an Irish Coffee in order to lighten the mood.  The Irish Coffee was invented by a chef at the Limerick Ireland Airport as to relax the passengers about to board a cross Atlantic Flight.


Note: The hotel uses Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey, but says the drink also works well with John Jameson Irish Whiskey.  Any variety of whiskey made in Ireland would suffice, hence the name “Irish Coffee.”


2 ounces Irish Whiskey (see note)

3 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar

4 ounces hot coffee

Whipped cream, for topping

Stir whiskey, brown sugar and coffee together in a mug. Add whipped cream on top.

Yield:  1 drink

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (Smart Pop, 2011).




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Mad Men Cocktails: Don’s Old Fashioned

Mad Men Cookbook1 Mad Men Cocktails: Don’s Old FashionedOld Fashioned courtesy of The Grand Central Oyster Bar, New York, New York

Bourbon or rye may be used in the Old Fashioned. Rye was originally used, and the Grand Central Oyster Bar is starting to use rye again in these drinks; they use Michters’, but Don would likely choose Canadian Club, the brand we often see in his office and home. Seagrams V.O. and Crown Royal were also popular in the 1960s, says Jonathan Rogers of The Grand Central Oyster Bar.  For the record, we love the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station!

1 orange slice

1 maraschino cherry

1 teaspoon sugar

Few drops of Angostura bitters

A splash of soda water to muddle ingredients

2 ½ ounces rye or bourbon


  1. In a mixing glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, sugar, bitters and a little soda water: using a muddler, push around and break up cherry and orange until flavor is released.
  2. Add soda water so cherry is wet and sugar is melted. Add bourbon or rye and serve over rocks, if desired.

Source: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook 





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Great Holiday Cocktails: The Domaine de Canton Gold Rush

Domaine de Canton Gold Rush Coktail1 289x300 Great Holiday Cocktails: The Domaine de Canton Gold RushA Canton & Bourbon Cocktail Easy to Mix for any Party!

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

The Domaine de Canton is simply one of the best liqueurs in the world.  Canton is a ginger based Cognac dating back to the days of the French Colonization of Indo China.  Canton is a small batch liqueur made with French eaux de vie using  XO and VSOP Grand Champagne Cognacs only.  Made with ginger root from Vietnam, the Canton is then hand made with all natural ingredients; Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng.  For the Domaine de Canton Gold Rush cocktail, take the Domaine de Canton, some Kentucky Straight Bourbon and lemon juice.  Easy work.  Not only is this one of the easiest cocktails to make, it’s one of the best.  Not too sweet, not too sour, with a full body mouth feel, we are in love with this cocktail.  The lemon perfectly tones down the bourbon and Canton together and makes both spirits in the drink a perfect combination.  The tiny sour kick at the end gives this cocktail one of our highest recommendations.  We love it because it’s easy to make, but we are in love with it because it’s just so good!  Not to mention, it’s a low calorie cocktail, relatively speaking.  For this cocktail, we used the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, inexpensive and good enough to drink straight, but excellent for any cocktail.  FYI, Buffalo Trace makes many of the world’s finest Bourbons such as Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare and many other award winning whiskeys.

The Domaine de Canton Gold Rush Cocktail:

1.5 parts Domaine de Canton Liqeuer

1 parts Kentucky Straight Bourbon

½ parts lemon juice

Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass…

We are literally drinking this cocktail right now and going to mix another immediately after we post this article….



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Great Christmas Cocktails: Basil Hayden’s Blitzen’s Bourbon

Basil Haybens Blitzens Bourbon Cocktail 300x294 Great Christmas Cocktails: Basil Hayden’s Blitzen’s BourbonRecipe by Duggan McDonnell

Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, although great for sipping neat or on the rocks, is also great for classic bourbon cocktails and Christmas cocktails.  A small batch bourbon by Jim Beam, the Basil Hayden’s Blitzen’s Bourbon takes the spirit of Santa and the reindeer and shakes up your glass full of Christmas cheer.  With bourbon, spices, bitters, apples, cinnamon, walnuts and sugar, this cocktail serves up a sweet and spicy Christmas cocktail.  Mix up a cocktail, sit back, relax by the fire and enjoy the holidays.

2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

1 Reindeer Spice Syrup (recipe below)

2 Dashes Angostura® Aromatic Bitters

Orange Peel

Reindeer Spice Syrup

3 Apples, peeled and diced

5 Large Cinnamon Sticks

1 cup Walnuts

2 cups Sugar

3 Cups Water


1. Place the diced apples into water and boil, then reduce heat to low.

2. Briefly toast cinnamon sticks and walnuts in a saucepan, then transfer into apple mixture.

3. Simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Gently stir in the 2 cups of sugar, thoroughly stirring, and remove from heat.

5. Once mixture has cooled, strain and press the juice and flavor from the boiled apples back in the mix.


1. In an old-fashioned glass, combine all ingredients and stir 20 times.

2. Garnish with an orange peel.




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Woodford Reserve Holiday Cocktails: Holiday Spice, Bourbon Ball & Candy Cane Infusion Cocktails

woodford reserve candy cane infusion cocktail Woodford Reserve Holiday Cocktails: Holiday Spice, Bourbon Ball & Candy Cane Infusion CocktailsWell-crafted holiday parties include well-crafted cocktails.  And while there are always the classics, a signature drink and a well-paired appetizer can separate your party from the rest.  We’ve assembled some of our favorite Woodford Reserve cocktails and some tasty bites that will have people talking until next holiday season.  Check out these great holiday cocktails, but these mixed drinks can be used for any occasion.  The Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon cocktails featuring the Holiday Spice, the Bourbon Ball and the Candy Cane infusion are easy to make and holiday tasty.



1 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. Chocolate liqueur
1 oz. Coffee liqueur
Heavy shake of Cayenne
Heavy shake of Cinnamon
Heavy splash of Half and half
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass
rimmed with graham cracker crumbs.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


woodford reserve holiday cocktails 257x300 Woodford Reserve Holiday Cocktails: Holiday Spice, Bourbon Ball & Candy Cane Infusion CocktailsWOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON BALL

2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. White créme de cacao
¼ oz. Hazelnut liqueur
Stir well with cracked ice,
then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a rolled chocolate curl.



1 liter Woodford Reserve®
3 Candy canes
Recipe Ideas
Serve 2 oz. candy cane infusion in cordial glass or chilled martini glass.
Pour 2 oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Combine 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion with 4 oz. hot chocolate.
Garnish with whipped cream and a candy cane.
Combine 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion with 4 oz. hot coffee. Garnish with whipped cream.
Pour 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Fill with eggnog and stir.
Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Pour 1 ½ oz. candy cane infusion over ice in rocks glass. Fill with cola and stir.
Drizzle 1 T. candy cane infusion over 2 scoops vanilla ice cream.
Garnish with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.




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Hanukkah Cocktails: The Basil Hayden’s Spinning Driedel Bourbon Pomegranate

Basil Hayden Spinning Dreidel Cocktail 196x300 Hanukkah Cocktails: The Basil Hayden’s Spinning Driedel Bourbon Pomegranate Recipe by Max Toast

Celebrate the eight crazy nights with a classic bourbon and the perfect Hanukkah cocktail.  With Basil Hayden’s small batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon by Jim Beam, this beautifully sipping bourbon makes a great cocktail.  With pomegranate, fig and lemon, the mix of fruit with the bourbon creates a refreshing mixed drink that will light your menorah!  Check out the cocktail recipe below and let us know what you think.


2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon

1 part Pomegranate Juice

1 tablespoon Fig Preserve

1 bar spoon Fresh Lemon Juice

2 dashes Angostura® Aromatic Bitters


1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.

2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

3. Garnish with a lemon peel.




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A Single Malt’s Range: Great Glenfiddich Party Cocktails

glenfiddich logo A Single Malts Range: Great Glenfiddich Party CocktailsWho Said Scotch Can’t be Used for Cocktails?

By Mixologist Leah Matoney

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch is the #1 selling single malt scotch in the world.  Glenfiddich is also the most award winning scotch in the world.  Perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks, Glenfiddich is also great for refreshing cocktails.  Who said scotch can’t be used for cocktails?  These modern but classic cocktails feature Glenfiddich single malt blended perfectly with fruits and spices and turn classic scotch into a refreshing party drink.  Below are cocktail recipes for the Gaelic Pear, the Loch Ness Cocktail, Sweet Robbie Dhu,  Autumn in the Highlands.


glenfiddich cocktails A Single Malts Range: Great Glenfiddich Party CocktailsGaelic Pear

1.5oz Glenfiddich 12yr

2oz Pear Juice

.5 oz Agave Nectar

1oz Lemon Juice


Rxs Glass

Lemon garnish


Loch Ness Cocktail

1.5 oz. Glenfiddich 12yr

.5oz Licor 43

Orange Juice

Splash Sweet Vermouth


Rxs Glass

No garnish


Sweet Robbie Dhu

2 oz Glenfiddich 12yr

.5 oz Carpano Antica

.5oz Pomegranate Molasses

Dash Plum bitters

Shake Vigorously

Martini Glass

Pomegranate seed garnish (seeds will sink)


Autumn in the Highlands

1.5oz Glenfiddich 12yr

2 oz Pressed Apple cider

Fill with Ginger Ale

Dash Orange Bitters

Rxs glass

Orange twist garnish




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Classic Holiday Cocktails by Morton’s Steakhouse: Holiday Punch, Egg Nog & Pomegranate Prosecco Punch

egg nog holiday cocktail Classic Holiday Cocktails by Mortons Steakhouse: Holiday Punch, Egg Nog & Pomegranate Prosecco PunchBy Morton’s Sommelier and Mixologits Sara Fasolino

For holiday libations, there are two things to keep in mind: cost and time.  Both food and beverage costs have increased quite a bit, so I could talk for days about super high-end, expensive, hard-to-find “wow” items.  Or I can dig a little deeper and talk about something accessible and easy to find, something that’s more of a budget-worthy “wow.”  Aren’t those usually the best anyway?  And when we’re talking time, who wants to man (or woman) a bar all night and be bartender…besides me, of course.  The easiest thing to do is have something self-serve so you don’t have to keep an eye on peoples’ drinks all night.  As the host, you have enough to worry about.  So, what can we do to make things inexpensive and easy? Plan and prep. With just a few ingredients, you can create several different cocktails…something for everyone…and make it a great party.  Punches are always a great option, because they are easy to make and are self-serve. Keep in mind when you are mixing alcohol with a bunch of other ingredients that you don’t necessarily have to use the super high-end stuff.  Also keep in mind that you should prepare for 1-2 drinks per person, per hour.


prosecco punch cocktail Classic Holiday Cocktails by Mortons Steakhouse: Holiday Punch, Egg Nog & Pomegranate Prosecco PunchHoliday Punch

This recipe serves 15 – 20, so you can adjust the quantities to suit your needs. If you want to make a non-alcoholic version for guests and kids, just omit the Bourbon…and make sure the punch bowls are labeled clearly!

1 gallon Apple Cider

6 Star Anise

6 cnnamon sticks (plus garnish)

6 cloves

1 zest of orange peel

32 ounces bourbon (such as Maker’s Mark)

Combine cider, anise, cinnamon, clove and zest in a pot and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Strain into punch bowl, add bourbon and serve warm or over ice.


Egg Nog

This recipe also serves about 15-20 and is meant to be used in one day. This is a cooked version, just in case you are nervous about eating raw eggs.

6 eggs, separated

3/4 cup sugar

1 quart milk

1 pint cream

16 ounces bourbon

Grated nutmeg


Beat the yolks until they are light in color and gradually mix in 1/2 cup of the sugar.

Combine milk, cream and nutmeg in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and slowly add the yolks to the warm mixture, being careful to not add too quickly…or you’ll get scrambled eggs.

Return to heat and bring to 160 F. Add bourbon and place in bowl in refrigerator to cool.

While cooling, beat the egg whites with the remaining sugar until they form stiff peaks. Fold into the bourbon mixture, grate fresh nutmeg over the concoction and serve.


Pomegranate Prosecco Punch

This is a lighter option, in case your guests don’t want mixed cocktails or hard liquor.  Prosecco is so popular right now, and you don’t need to spend very much to get a nice bottle.  This recipe makes 12 drinks.

1 bottle Prosecco

2 cups orange juice

2 cups limeade

1 quart pomegranate juice

Orange slices

Pomegranate seeds


Mix Prosecco, orange juice, limeade and pomegranate juice into a punch bowl.

Add orange slices and pomegranate seeds for garnish.

Serve in glasses over ice (don’t add ice to the punch bowl or you will water it down).

These three punches are all easy to make, and they won’t break your bank.  And you may not even need to go out and buy each and every ingredient if you already have some of them for your holiday cooking.  Not to mention the fact that no one goes to a party empty-handed these days, so you can ask your guests to bring locally-brewed seasonal beers or their favorite wine.  The point is, you can mix it up AND not go over budget AND create cocktail “WOWs” for your guests!




Sara Fasolino

Beverage Manager/Certified Sommelier and Mixologist

Morton’s The Steakhouse




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Best Fall Bourbon Cocktails: Basil Hayden’s Autumn Harvest

Basil Haydens Bourbon Autumn Harvest Cocktail 277x300 Best Fall Bourbon Cocktails: Basil Hayden’s Autumn HarvestRecipe by Charles Joly – Chicago, IL

What better way to enjoy the fall and the holidays with a beautiful bourbon cocktail to warm you up.  Try a Basil Hayden’s Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Cocktail with a little bit of milk stout, some cherry liqueur, and bitters.  And if you don’t have all the ingredients, a Basil Hayden’s straight or on the rocks is pretty damn good too.  Bourbon is as Bourbon does.


2 Parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon®

¾ parts Heering® Cherry Liquor

1 dash Fee Brothers® Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters

2 parts Milk Stout Beer

Fresh Nutmeg


1. Combine Basil Hayden’s, cherry liquor and bitters in a mixing glass.

2. Add ice and shake.

3. Roll in the milk stout beer.

4. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice.

5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cherry on top.




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The Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum & Cider Holiday Cocktail

sailer jerry spiced rum holiday cider cocktail The Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum & Cider Holiday CocktailWith the family coming to town or if you’re heading home to see them, everyone could certainly use a little “ Holiday Juice” to make the day more palatable…which would defiantly not describe your Aunt’s stuffing.  With all the flavored vodkas out there, it would be easy to just fill a glass with ice and let the fun begin, but why not spend some time and create a cocktail the whole family will love.  And if they don’t , more for you.  Right?

Combine 8 cups of Apple cider with slices of ½  an orange,  dried cranberries a stick of cinnamon and a nutmeg nugget. Heat on the stove until just before boiling then turn off and let stand for about an hour or as long as you can wait.  It needs to cool off, so how ever you can do that quickly. Fill a pitcher with 2 cups of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and add the cider mixture.  Stir together and add more fresh apple and pear slices. A lemon wedge or two can help as well.  Fill a few glasses with ice and pour the cocktail.  Stir with a straw, or a cinnamon stick if your fancy and let the holiday’s begin.  Enjoy!!!




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