It’s been a year and a half coming, but AMC’s Mad Men is coming back for Season 5 this Sunday night. To say I’m excited, is, pretty much an understatement. It’s such a wonderful program – the cast, the costuming, the sets. I just love it. I can’t wait to see what our favorite dashing gentleman Don Draper has been up to. And of course my favorite lady, Mrs. Holloway-Harris. How is she, ahem, progressing? All I can say is, I’m thanking my lucky stars that the premiere is 2 hours long!

So, to celebrate the return I wanted to share a retro cocktail. Whiskey sours are probably one of the most beloved mix drinks in existence. I’ve had them before, usually at a party or bar in my younger  years. They were always palatable, but they used the bottled sweet and sour mix, and that’s just not as good. The fresh lemon and lime juice, really sets it apart from the pack. Just enough to make you pucker, but then the sweetness added by the simple syrup rounds it out and brings all the flavors together. And, if you think you don’t like whiskey – give it a try. It’s amazing what lots of fresh citrus juice and sweetness can mask. Have no doubts though, these still have the power to put you on your ass.

I’m making a retro themed menu for Sunday night.  Nothing is set in stone yet, but I’m thinking Swedish meatballs and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. If you’re wondering where I got the flashy cocktail shaker and napkin, I applied to be a host for the Mad Men House Party that AMC was sponsoring, and I got chosen. So, in my party pack were a few Mad Men themed goodies, including the shaker and napkins. Thought they were too cute not to use!


  1. Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    Love it! 🙂

  2. Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

    I love it when you feature cocktails! My husband and I started a tradition to have our own happy hour on Fridays when he comes home from work. We enjoy trying new things, and this looks tasty.

    We watched 2 seasons of MM before giving up. We could only take so much of the Drapers.

    • Laura
      Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

      You know, I felt the same way about Don & Betty too, but things picked up after Season 2! Hope you enjoy the cocktail.

  3. Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

    I love a good whiskey sour and this looks delicious, Laura! Great photo, too. Mad Men needs to hurry the heck up already!

  4. Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    Your photo is gorgeous! I don’t think I like whiskey, but you’ve just convinced me to try one.

  5. Posted March 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    Such a fun post! I remember seeing Ina make these on her show, and thinking I’d like to try them. Maybe Sunday night will be the perfect opportunity! 🙂

  6. Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:20 PM | Permalink

    We love whiskey sours. Even the smell of them is retro…in a great way!

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