“Mad Men” returns for a sixth season Sunday night on AMC. What better way to celebrate and catch up on the doings of Sterling Cooper Draper Price than to mix up a cocktail in honor of both the show and its Manhattan locale.
Basil Hayden, the small batch bourbon distiller, offers this take on the classic Manhattan, redone in a “Mad” mod style.
Basil Hayden’s “Mad”-Hattan
2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
3/4 parts Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambery
1 bar spoon Luxardo Maraschino Cherries
1 dash orange bitters
Add bourbon, vermouth, cherries and bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir until combined.
Editor’s note: If you can’t find Dolin Blanc Vermouth, go lighter (maybe 1/2 part) on the vermouth in your version and adjust to taste. I’ve seen Italian marschino cherries, which are different from the American style, at GauchoGourmet, Twin Liquors and more in town.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
Garnish with an orange twist.
Makes 1 cocktail.
From Damian Windsor