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Drumroll, please. The feverishly awaited premiere of Mad Men’s newest season is almost here. Hopefully you’ve all been drinking like Don Draper in anticipation of the moment (Sunday, March 25th at 9 pm ET, if you’re synchronizing your countdown). In fact, it’s increasingly easy to drink like the Old Fashioned-swilling star of show.
According to statistics from the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, last summer more than five million barrels of bourbon and other whiskeys were aging in Kentucky. That’s the highest inventory since 1982. To celebrate Mad Men’s new season with Old Fashioneds, or some of the show’s other signature drinks, here’s a guide to places that specialize in them, plus some scenes from Mad Men that made them famous.
"There's a bang in every bottle!"
Why yes, they *did* in fact use a "hillbilly" campaign to advertise Mountain Dew way back when. Tonight's Mad Men wasn't making that up.
On tonight's Mad Men episode, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce hosted a last-second holiday...okay, Christmas fete, complete with chafing dishes of unspecified "deli" and "Chinese" delights. (Not to mention a bazillion gallons of Stoli vodka) We perused our vintage holiday cookbooks and suspect these dishes might have made it onto the menu.
From 'A Treasury of Holiday Ideas from Near and Far', distributed by the New York State Electrical and Gas Corporation:
Mad Men season premiere director Phil Abraham on sourcing the correct 1960s-style canned ham.
Q: Is there a prop from this episode that was especially hard to get a hold of?
A: I can tell you one thing that comes to mind is the canned ham.... Ellen [Freund, the prop master] found this Polish canned ham and presented it to Matt and Matt goes wait a minute, the hams were bigger and thinner and looked different [back then]. And that sent Ellen... on a journey of finding the canned ham that Matt had in mind... She was just one step short of actually manufacturing the can in the way that Matt had remembered it being. Ultimately I think it was decided that the can she found was still a really good canned ham and in fact we found precedent that they had canned hams in that size from the period.
On tonight's Mad men season premiere, Don Draper and his dinner date at the now defunct Jimmy's La Grange ordered Chicken Kiev, for which they were instructed to wear bibs and cautioned/encouraged by roué Roger Sterling – "Butter squirts everywhere."
Not an incorrect assumption, seeing as there's a goodly quantity if the stuff involved in the making of the dish. We dig Mel Marshall's rendition from 'The Perfect Host: A Husband's Guide to Home Entertaining.'