And the category is… Potent Potables

 Posted by on September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm, Season 2
Sep 182008

A few weeks ago, Basketcase Joy invented a ‘Don on the Beach’. It was inspired by the very notion of Bobbie Barrett’s proposition (and ultimate execution) in The New Girl. I think we could all use one.

I entirely quote:

Here is the Don on the Beach recipe I tinkered up last night (per Ellelque’s
banana/cherry comment) – tastes a bit like a Rusty Nail, but less sweet:

1 pt Rye (because “Mr Draper drinks rye”)
1/2 pt creme de banane
1/4 pt cherry brandy/kirsch

On the rocks, in an old-fashioned, toss in a maraschino cherry, and toast
your friends with Don’s wry smile!


  19 Responses to “And the category is… Potent Potables”

  1. He does drink an Old Fashioned. He also drinks:

    * beer, when he's building a playhouse
    * Martinis, when he's out with Roger and has plans for him
    * Alka-Seltzer, after a particularly bad night

    But I associate Don Draper with rye. The brand most like him would be high-proof and extremely hard to find. That's why I picked the one above.

    I'm trying to figure out a Betty drink. What kind of red wine would have been in vogue in the early '60's? French, I'd guess …

  2. Remember we had a Joan drink too. I suggested something like a spicy Bloody Mary, but someone did come up with a recipe.

  3. The Full Don Draper Treatment:

    A shot of Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye, neat. Side of ice cubes.

    It’s 130 proof. Stuff creates its own heat, the second it hits your tongue. Strong, but sexy and smooth.

    You will need those ice cubes …

  4. Okay, I have to try the Don on the beach recipe. Will be the first time ever buying rye.

  5. Ellelque:

    May I reprint my recipe for The Joan Holloway.

    Chop a couple of very ripe tomatoes and let them drain through a wire strainer to collect the tomato water. Save the tomatoes for the salsa. Combine in a cocktail shaker two parts vodka, one part tomato water, a dash or two of Tabasco sauce and a pinch of salt with ice cubes and shake. Strain into a chilled martini glass, run a twist of lemon around the rim and float a very thin slice of cucumber on top.

    One hot but discreet tomato, slightly salty, but cool as a cucumber.


  6. Marylou:

    Do try rye! I am a great fan of the classic Manhattan cocktail and I make mine with rye.

  7. Okay, now I have the Joan Hollowa, the Manhatten with rye, and these others, oh will there be enough episodes left????!!!! (smile) There are always the reruns.

  8. Doesn’t Don drink an old-fashioned? That is:
    2 oz bourbon
    1 sugar cube
    1 dash bitters

    Serve over ice. Brrrrrrrrr.

  9. My favorite drink moment has to be from the Season one episode, the morning after Don wins the award and before Adam turns up. In Don's office Sal plops two alka-seltzer tablets into his glass of whiskey. They fizzed away for the whole scene!

  10. Don also drinks whiskey, neat. When out to charm a client he'd insulted earlier that day.

    Patti, agreed. Me too. Don and Betty hacking their lungs up in 5G.

  11. A true Manhattan is made with rye and Don drinks rye (whiskey) neat as well. A cheap and very good brand of rye is Old Overholt. No reason to buy the $100 bottles of the stuff, Old Overholt is about $12.99. Once upon a time I worked for beverage alcohol magazines and the editor who really knows his stuff couldn't say enough nice things about Old Overholt. Rye is a little sweeter than the average whiskey which makes it smooth going down. It's not a sissy drink though.

    My favorite rye drink is actually a highball made of Old Overholt and Blenheim's spicy ginger ale. Sort of turns the purpose of a highball on its head.

    And my favorite whiskey moment is actually from Miller's Crossing the opening when Gabriel Byrne plops ice cubes in a glass and pours whiskey over them. Makes me run for the liquor cabinet every time. And all of The Thin Man is nice. It shows you how to solve murder mysteries while being witty and drinking martinis and rye the whole time.

  12. Joan strikes me as a luscious cherry gone sour, so I came up with the fruitier "Scarlet Sashay" for her drink. Kind of like a cosmo, but more intense. Plus, if you get sloshed like Petra Colson and spill it on your vampy carmine dress, nobody will notice!

    The Scarlet Sashay
    – 3 pt pineapple-infused vodka
    – 2 pt sour cherry juice
    – 1 pt bing (sweet) cherry juice
    – 1 pt cranberry juice

    Shake w/ ice, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with frozen raspberries, to keep the chill and add additional flavor as they thaw.

  13. @Marylou:
    The Don on the Beach is particularly sweet for a rye drink – Manhattan's are a great way to go for regular rye drinking, and I actually prefer mine neat. Then again, I prefer all my cocktails as close to straight spirits as possible – my personal non-special-occasion drink is an *extra* dry Bombay martini, straight up with a twist.

  14. Any MM cocktail party would have to include champagne, since that's what Betty was drinking at the Stork Club.

    Betty's Blue Charmeuse
    6 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
    1 T Blue Curacao
    1 sugar cube

    Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a flute, top with curacao, and pour in champagne. Be careful riding in Cadillacs.

  15. These all sound great, but I have request or a challenge depending on how you look at it. I don't drink, and I'm sure I'm not the only "Mad Men" fan who doesn't (although I know I'm in the minority on this one.) I think it would be great to have a non-alcholic drink. I was thinking of the Sally Drapper or Peggy Olson, but I'm up for any other suggestions people have.

  16. @Brenda – Wow, I can't wait to try that one!

    @Retrogirl – That's a great idea, although probably a bit easier than a "challenge", since spirits are the tricky part! I'm working on something called "Peggy's Twist" (brandy-based, but lo-cal), but I'm going to see if I can come up with something Sally-suitable as well…

  17. And let's not forget Sally's special Daddy's Bloody Mary: A tall glass of vodka with just enough tomato juice to turn it pink.

  18. Oh, and has everyone seen Sally's cocktail cheat sheet over at

  19. I noticed that, for office meetings, the drinks in the middle of the table are Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers…..with the option, of course, for whatever ELSE is available from their well-stocked supply, for the asking!

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