Pull on your stockings, grab your gloves and raise your martini glass because season five of Mad Men premieres Sunday! Interested in eating and drinking like an ad man or woman to celebrate? Get your hands on a copy of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook -- it’ll take you back in time to the way things really were.
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The sizzling ‘60s
We’re over the moon about so many things that are retro and Mad Men has had us loving the feel of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is a great guide to take your taste buds back in time with authentic cocktails, meals and desserts.
Thanks to loads of research, testing and attention to detail, The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (published by Smart Pop), will pull you straight into the scenes of the AMC Emmy Award-winning show’s dining and drinking delights.
The cookbook’s authors and their team got it right. They scoured cookbooks from the 1950s and 1960s, consulted with real-world restaurants and bars featured in the show, and found historical information that helped explain why certain foods and drinks were so popular at the time.
Not only historically accurate, but each recipe in the cookbook (there are more than 70), whether a cocktail recipe or an appetizer recipe, is prefaced with details about the specific scene from the show when it was introduced.
Time for a cocktail and a little dinner
From the "21" Club Bloody Mary (seen on the show in restaurants, conference rooms and Don Draper’s house -- Mad Men loves this drink) to Deviled Eggs and Chicken Kiev, you’ll have what you need to host a throwback cocktail party, a special birthday bash that’ll make your mom feel young again or just a homemade dinner for that hardworking ad man of your own… or something like that!
Try some of the recipes straight from the pages of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook!
Don’s Old Fashioned cocktail recipe
Photo courtesy of Nina Gallant
- 1 orange slice
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- A few drops Angostura bitters
- 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.
"21" Club Bloody Mary recipe
Photo courtesy "21" Club
For the Bloody Mary mix:
- 24 ounces tomato juice
- 1-1/4 ounces Worcestershire sauce
- 4-5 drops Tabasco sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon olive brine
For the drink:
- 2 ounces vodka
- Lime wedge
- 1/2 teaspoon horseradish (optional)
- Make the Bloody Mary mix. Mix the tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive brine in a large container. Taste and adjust as needed.
- Pour the vodka over rocks in a highball glass. Fill the glass with Bloody Mary mix.
- Stir and garnish with a lime wedge. Add horseradish, if desired.
Sardi’s Hearts of Palm Salad recipe
Photo courtesy of Nina Gallant
- 6 lettuce leaves
- 6 whole pieces canned hearts of palm, drained (about 21 ounces)
- 6 thin slices pimiento
- 6 sprigs watercress
- 4 tablespoons Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1/2 dill pickle, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon capers, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped pimiento
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped hard-boiled egg white
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- Place the finely chopped ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle with salt and add olive oil. Stir thoroughly while adding vinegar. Keep in refrigerator. Always stir before using.
- Place lettuce flat on dish. Arrange hearts of palm in a row. Arrange pimiento slices across lettuce and decorate at side with watercress.
Classic Shrimp Cocktail recipe
Photo courtesy of 30Aeats.com
Yields: 6 servings
For the shrimp:
- 36 medium-large shrimp
- 1 thick slice lemon
- 3 sprigs parsley
- 1 peeled onion
- 3-4 peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the cocktail sauce:
- 3/4 cup chili sauce
- 2-3 tablespoons horseradish
- 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon grated onion
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- A few drops Tabasco sauce
- Finely chopped celery, optional
- Lettuce, for serving, optional
- Prepare the shrimp: Shrimp may be shelled and cleaned before or after cooking, by peeling off the shell, rinsing off any grit and removing the black vein down the back. Leave shrimp tails intact.
- Pour enough water to cover the shrimp in a saucepan. Add lemon, parsley, onion, peppercorns and salt. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Simmer for three to five minutes, depending on the size, until shrimp are pink and cooked through. Do not overcook. Drain and chill shrimp until ready to serve.
- For the cocktail sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix and refrigerate.
- To serve as individual appetizers, mix shrimp with finely chopped celery (if desired) and serve in lettuce-lined sherbet glasses.
- For a party snack, fill a large bowl with crushed ice and center with a small bowl of cocktail sauce; arrange shrimp over ice.
- Top with freshly chopped celery (if desired). Serve with wooden picks for dipping shrimp into sauce.
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