Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Do you know the password? Secret Mad Men cocktails at Peche.

Let's get something straight right now.

Forget your True Blood, your Real Housewives of ____, even your Breaking Bad and Dexter and all the other respectable shows that cleaned up at the Emmys a couple days ago.

Mad Men is the best program on television. Period.

Even the Emmys agree!

Are you watching Mad Men? Oh, please say you're watching it. You could even pop it open right now on Project Free TV, so there's really no excuse. Two years ago, Christina Hendricks - i.e. Joan Holloway, queen bee secretary on Mad Men - inspired me to dye my hair red. Before that, I was Betty Draper blond.

Here's another reason to watch. Did you know they drink constantly on that show? By which I mean, their characters drink, at work? It's funny to think back to a time when that was normal. The show takes place in the early 1960s, and whenever anyone steps into your office on Mad Men, the first question on your lips is always: "What'll you have to drink?" And then, you walk over to your little mirrored cocktail table, pour them scotch on the rocks, and that's that. No one, but no one, slurs their speech.

What a vision.

Above, some examples of specialty cocktails Peche is doing for the next month in honor of Mad Men. During happy hour Wednesdays through Sundays (4-6pm weekdays, all day Saturday/Sunday), each drink is only $5, and bartenders select a specific drink to highlight that week: Either one that has been featured on the show, or one that speaks to a specific character on Mad Men.

The Mad Men special is announced each week, every Wednesday, here.

But to get it, you need to know the password:


Each drink is an early '60s classic. I sampled some last week with miss Beth Bellanti, the brains behind this Mad Men cocktail operation, and it was tough to pick a favorite.

mint julep.

Bourbon. Cane sugar. Water. Lots o' mint.
This one looks like a garden on top!

the harpoon.

Precursor of The Cosmopolitan. Vodka. Orange liquor. Lime juice. Cranberry juice. Slice of lime.


Such a pretty garnish. Bourbon. Sugar dissolved with water and bitters. Aromatic bitters. Orange slice. Lemon wedge. Cherry.

brandy alexander.

Brandy. Cream. Dark crème de cacao. Nutmeg. Insanity. Probably my favorite.

Bottoms up, dolls.


Hipstercrite said...

I wish I watched Mad Men and I wished I watched it and drank at the various places in Austin that love Mad Men.

One day...

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Hipstercrite - The time is NIGH, my love.

Also, wow. Just noticed I titled this post, "Man Men." Thanks to @LaurenL for the correction. :) This blog needs a copy editor!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

It is the best show ever. And it needs all the props it can get right now as this might be the last season because of low ratings. Why more people aren't watching is beyond me... Maybe people think it's all about advertising the way people thought FNL was all about football...

Marcus said...

Kids these days don't appreciate a good cocktail. Back then, I think there was a .1 BAC shift in what was considered sober.

sugarsighting.com said...

Yes! I luhhhhv Brandy Alexanders.

ChrisNAustin said...

Season 1 where the kids at the Draper's house are actually making the cocktails and serving them to the parents on the couch. They're like 7 or 8 years old. Classic. I was out of mind the day my daughter could understand the word remote, identify it and cheerfully bring it over. We'll work on the "old-fashioned". Thanks for the Peche heads up.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Miss Meat and Potatoes - I KNOW. Is totally baffling to me, too.

@Marcus - Is that you, Marcus Swagger? At any rate I agree with you. I used to be a vodka-only girl, but classic cocktails introduces you to this whole canon of less popular, more distinctive spirits, with a sharp flavor profile all their own. Not that vodka isn't delightful - it is - but brandy? Yummy.

@Sugar Sighting - Me too, cupcake!

@ChrisNAustin - Haha, let us know how the cocktail training goes for your daughter. Oh poor Sally - are you watching right now? Girlfriend was *mortified* by Betty in the last episode.

Le Tigre said...

http://madmencastingcall.amctv.com/browse/detail/ZTRP7N - Vote for Tran!! Nuff' said.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Le Tigre - OH MAN. Tran's outfit / whole look is dee-vine!

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Austin Eavesdropper said...

@recoverpasswordtools.com - LOL! Even though you're probably a bot, your somewhat cryptic comment totally made me giggle this morning. :)

Ana Louisa said...

Yum! That mint julep is a VISION and the brandy alexander looks nothing short of divine. xo, A

Moody Girl said...

Mint Julep please!