The fifth season finale of “Mad Men” left viewers with an image of Don Draper seated at a bar, deliberating over staying true to his wife or pursuing a couple of young ladies. On Sunday, April 7th, beginning at 8pm, Gerber Group’s Whiskey Park invites you to take Don’s seat at the bar to watch the action unfold at the “Mad Men” Season Premiere Viewing Party.
Guests are encouraged to dress to impress – perhaps in wardrobes inspired by a prep school Pete Campbell, a crisp, double-breasted jacket like Roger Sterling’s, a demure and feminine Betty Francis, a modern and chic Megan Draper, or a seductive Joan Holloway-Harris. Guests can re-live the swinging sixties while watching the Season 6 premiere and dancing to an eclectic mix of old-school jazz, classic rock ‘n’ roll and electronica.
Enjoy a drink and delve into Don’s boozy world of advertising with The Whiskey, or woo your clients with something flashy like Pete’s Midnight Manhattan that’s sure to strike a deal. Order Betty’s refreshing Coconut Basil Gimlet, or raise a glass to Peggy’s new job with a joyous Strawberry Mojito.
Additionally, fans of the show should prepare to put their special knowledge of the world of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce to the test. Guests will have a chance to answer “Mad Men” trivia questions to win a $50 gift card that can be used at any of Gerber Group’s locations.
In case you’d rather stay home to celebrate the premiere, below are some cocktails to keep you tipsy throughout the night…
APPLE CIDER SIDECAR – Whiskey Park (100 Central Park Ave.)
1.5oz Remy Martin VSOP
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce lemon juice
1 shot glass of Crispin Apple Cider
Shake and top off with the cider. Serve in a martini glass. Rim with cinnamon sugar and garnish with an orange twist.
The stigma surrounding Pete Campbell’s hard-fought partnership still leaves him on the sidelines, but he chooses a drink with classic sophistication to emphasize his confidence and charisma to level the playing field amongst the partners.
THE SILVER FOX FIZZ – (A DISARONNO original recipe)
2 ounces BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin
¾ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce orgeat syrup (syrup made from almonds, sugar and rose or orange flower water)
1 egg white
Soda to taste
DISARONNO to taste
In a flute glass, build ingredients. Top generously with DISARONNO.
Smoldering silver fox Roger Sterling plays hooky from work and attracts covetable attention while drinking this suave egg white concoction.
MOON BLOSSOM – Koi SoHo (246 Spring Street)
1 ½ ounces Absolut Acai
¾ ounce lemon simple
¼ ounce lychee puree
Shake ingredients and strain over ice in 9 ounce glass. Top with Moon Rabbit Sparkling Sake.
Travel abroad from the comfort of Bert Cooper’s office with Japanese delicacies that are not only pleasing to the most discerning palates, but stimulating to the senses as well. Just don’t forget to take off your socks before entering!
BIRDS OF PARADISE – Havana Central (151 West 46th Street)
2 ounces Don Julio Blanco
1 ounce passion fruit puree
1 wheel lime, freshly squeezed (juice only)
Splash Chambord liquor
In a mixing glass, add Don Julio, Passion Fruit Puree, fresh squeezed lime wheel & ice (fold and squeeze a lime wheel into mixing glass). Shake hard. Rim a chilled martini glass with sugar. Strain into martini glass. Sink Chambord to the bottom of the glass by pouring from the side of the glass. Garnish with lime wheel or orange wedge.
With this tropical elixir in hand, Joan Holloway sashays through the bar in a fashionable, sexy shift dress that accentuates her desirable figure and dances the night away with a rumba.
CHECK OUT THE COCKTAILS THAT WILL BE OFFERED AT WHISKEY PARK FOR THE “MAD MEN” VIEWING PARTY ON SUNDAY, APRIL 7TH…
2 medium strawberries
3 lime wedges
1 teaspoon sugar
5 mint leaves
2 ounces Bacardi Limon
Splash of soda water
Splash of MBC Sour Mix
Muddle two strawberries, lime wedges, sugar, and mint leaves in a rocks glass. Add remaining ingredients, then garnish with a strawberry on the rim.
1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve
1 oz. Grand Marnier
½ oz. White Cranberry Juice
Splash of Fresh Lime Juice
Splash of Simple Syrup
Served Up or on the Rocks, garnish with a stemless cherry.
COCONUT BASIL GIMLET
2 ounces CÎROC Coconut
1 ¼ ounces fresh Sour mix
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
¼ ounce simple syrup
1 large basil leaf
In a mixing glass, combine ingredients. Add ice, cover and shake well. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass, then garnish with a basil sprig.