Party Like Don Draper
fter much anticipation, AMC’s Mad Men starts Season Five this Sunday, March 25th. You’ll be needing snacks and cocktails, so we’ve got you covered with a few ideas from the 60′s. While everything back then was usually homemade, here are some easy cheats for the new millennium that even the discerning gentlemen at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce wouldn’t notice.
In true Mad Men form, your night needs to start with a good cocktail. Vodka gimlets, Manhattans, and martinis are favorites on the show. Download the Mad Men Cocktail Guide to your iPhone and practice without wasting booze or making a mess with 21 drink guides and 11 playable cocktails.
Entertaining guests at home? Two must-haves are Devil-ish Eggs and pigs-in-a-blanket. Find the former at Founding Farmers. These famous eggs are made using cage-free eggs and come four to an order for $4. You can also order them topped with Maine lobster, smoked salmon, and crab for $14. 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202.822.8783
Pigs-in-a-Blanket is an appetizer that even Betty Draper could make. All you need are frankfurters, phyllo dough, mustard, sugar-free ketchup, American cheese and Rocco DiSpirito’s recipe and video.
Next, serve an Iceberg Wedge Salad ($8) from Firefly, which is a perfect wedge of iceberg lettuce, topped with bacon bits, and Great Hill blue cheese dressing. Unlike Pete Campbell’s sales pitches, this salad will not disappoint. 1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 202.861.1310
And what’s a 60′s party without fondue? While there’s no take-out fondue, cheese fondue is pretty easy to make at home. Check out the Swiss Fondue recipe from the 1963 issue of Better Homes and Garden. Suggested dippers? Fresh broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and cubes of French baguette, of course!
A Tunnel of Fudge cake is a sweet ending to any evening, and this recipe has been in the Pillsbury Cookbook since 1966. I’m talking about a chocolate Bundt cake with warm chocolate filling. If you’re more about the eating than the baking, stop by Watergate Pastry for the German Chocolate Cake, where an 8″ cake serves 10-12 for $27.50. 2534 Virginia Avenue NW. 202.342.7777.
With these food and drink choices you will have no problem partying like a 1960′s mad man.