This cocktail is sort of a modern old fashioned, but the bones are the same. It’s sparkling, citrusy, and super refreshing!
Mad Men starts back up in just a few weeks (April 5th, y’all!), and I am SO EXCITED. I’ve been wanting to come up with a Mad Men cocktail to celebrate and finally landed on a recipe last week. It’s basically the opposite of an old fashioned.
You can thank my little sister for this idea. I am allergic to brown liquor, so I can’t drink an old fashioned. But Mad Men is one of my favorite shows, so I couldn’t resist making my own signature Mad Men cocktail for the start of the final season.
This is me starting with a recipe for a classic old fashioned and changing it up to suit my tastes.
An old fashioned is made with bourbon, orange, bitters and a sugar cube with a cherry garnish. After a little bit of discussion Amanda and I decided to go with gin instead of bourbon and keep the orange, bitters, and sugar. Instead of flat water, we used seltzer to give this modern old fashioned a little bit of lightness. And of course I couldn’t resist throwing some fresh herbs in there. Because spring is here.
It’s called A New Fangled, and I’m not sorry. It really has very little to do with Don Draper’s favorite drink, but I sure did enjoy making and drinking it. I think Joan might even approve. I certainly do!
A New Fangled, Modern Old Fashioned
Yield: 1 Mad Men cocktail
- 1 1/2 ounces of good gin
- 1 generous wedge of a tangerine (1/5 to 1/6 of a tangerine, depending on how orangey you want your drink)
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar (A classic old fashioned uses a sugar cube, which is just over 1/2 teaspoon. I’m reducing this by quite a bit, and you can add more to taste, if this isn’t sweet enough for you.)
- soda water
- a few dashes of orange bitters
- Combine the gin, tangerine, basil, and sugar in a rocks glass, and use a muddler or a spoon to muddle these together. Squish things up really well.
- Top off the glass with ice, then soda water, and finish the whole thing off with the bitters. You can garnish with a tangerine wedge, if you like.
- Serve while re-watching the first half of Mad Men season seven, because you know you don’t remember everything that happened.