Mad for Plaid (and Gin)
Your Guide to a Mad Men Season 6 Premiere Party
Hold on to your fedoras gentlemen. Season 6 of Mad Men is nearly upon us and ready to usher in the politically and sartorially ominous late sixties with a bang.
Regardless of your feelings towards the motley crew of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and their “better” halves, consider it your duty to throw a rollicking good Mad Men themed premiere party. Teeming with enough gin to kill the memory of Peggy’s farewell.
The following is a (loose) guide of proper, if not painfully correct, dress code, libations and finger foods. All you need to supply is the enthusiasm towards seeing how far Don Draper will downspiral in the decade of free love.
First on the docket: The Attire
You know that renaissance of menswear we’ve been experiencing? Finely tailored suits, skinny ties, perfectly polished wingtips? That’s partially due to the glory that is early 60′s menswear displayed on previous seasons of Mad Men. And well, that’s all about to change.
There are two options at hand. Embrace this dark era of double breasted cardigans, Nehru suits and tuxes with satin turtlenecks… or attempt to make the situation comically appealing for the benefit of love bead laden ladies (who hopefully bare a striking resemblance to Joan).
If you want to fully commit, hit up your local thrift or vintage store to find the perfect ensemble (that has seen better days and enough Old Spice to make a grown man cry). You’re going to encounter a lot of polyester, but stand your ground. This is all for a cause bigger than your usually impeccable standards.
If you want to purchase an outfit with a shelf life longer than four hours, hunt for a pastel blue sport coat and pair it with white slacks. Even better, look at your current closet. Do you have a plaid blazer, or perhaps some plaid pants? Dust those off and dig in the back of your dresser for the widest tie you can find. Muster the courage to sport the paisley noose, and be on your merry way.
Next: The Libations
Correct cocktails are of the essence here (especially to emotionally handle the travesty you’re wearing right now), so make and take these with all the vigor of Draper finishing half a bottle of scotch before a partners meeting. And don’t be surprised if you have a guest or two performing their own version of Zou Bisou Bisou.
Meant to be swirled about in the midst of meaningful conversation or sipped alone in stern contemplation to attract passerby. Just don’t pair it with oysters and a broken elevator (looking at you, Roger).
- 6 ounces vodka
- 1 dash of dry vermouth
- 1 ounce of brine from olive jar
- 4 stuffed green olives
Combine vodka, vermouth, brine and olives in a mixing glass. You can either drink it on the rocks or strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The namesake of our glorious city with all of its lovely intentions. The sweet, the bitter and all the annoying extravagances you can’t imagine living without.
- 3/4 ounces sweet vermouth
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 1 dash bitters
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 twist orange peel
Combine vermouth, bourbon whiskey, bitters with 2 to 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass and stir gently. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain your drink mixture over the cherry. Rub the edge of the orange peel over the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink to release the oils without dropping it in.
Put aside your usual G&T for the night and enjoy a more elaborate cocktail that evokes the charm of simpler days.
- 2 ounces gin
- dash of lemon or lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon of superfine sugar
- 1 egg white
- Soda water
- 1 maraschino cherry
Pour gin, juice, sugar and egg white into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. After the egg white is mixed thoroughly with the other ingredients, strain into a chilled highball glass with ice cubes.
And finally: The Menu
Do not fear, most of your guests will be too busy consorting with the bar cart to take notice of the appetizers, let alone a proper meal. Take these time-honored and easily assembled treats into your culinary repertoire, if only for the night.
Spicy Maryland Crab Dip
Because what would the newly appointed age of television be without a questionable amount of mayonnaise and cheese? Make sure you don’t scrimp on the quality of crab meat or your guests might find out the hard way.
Grilled Barbecued Bacon-Chicken Skewers
Betty Draper and Betty Crocker may only share their name, but this delectable dish is so simple both parties would approve. Especially when the former is a few cocktails deep and asks Sally to make it.
Peaches and Cream Jello with Schnapps
Jelly was a sixties household staple, as was schnapps. It only made sense that the two be combined in one large, gelatinous and colorful mass.
And always remember, in the words of Don Draper, “Change is never good or bad. It simply is.”
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