I came across this fantastic little book on Amazon the other day. It’s based on Mad Men, a TV drama about a prestigious New York ad agency at the beginning of the 1960s. ‘The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook‘ is an anthology of cuisine and cocktails that either appear in Mad Men, or were served in the 1960s by bars and restaurants featured in the show. So it’s a little different to your normal cocktail book.
The book has been intensively researched down to the tiniest period detail. The authors, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin have carefully researched and recorded classic recipes such as, cocktails from the 21 Club and Stork Club, appetizers (Shrimp Cocktail) and salads (Waldorf Salad), main meals (Turkey Tetrazzin) and desserts (Pineapple Upside-Down cake…like my Mum makes). There’s also a small guide to some of the restaurants and bars frequented by Mad Men characters and a terrific index to navigate through all the recipes.
Image above: The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook (cover)
I thought I’d share one of the classic cocktails from the book – the Stock Club cocktail.
Stork Club Cocktail
From the Stork Club Bar Book by Lucius Beebe (Rinehard and Co., 1946)
WHAT YOU NEED
- Dash of lime juice
- Juice of half a lemon
- Dash of triple sec
- 45mls quality gin
- Dash of Angostura bitters
HOW TO MIX THIS DRINK
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass (120ml). Makes one drink.
Note: This cocktail also makes a wonderful punch. To serve multiply ingredients and pour into a punch bowl over a block of ice.
Whether you’re planning a Mad Men party or you just can’t get enough of the show itself, this is your essential guide to all foods and drinks… Mad Men-style.