Welcome back to Mad Men Cocktail Friday, Thursday edition. After a week largely focused on Betty Draper, I thought an extra cocktail recipe, the Vodka Gimlet, was in order. We see Betty with her signature drink in season one, but the most notable Gimlet she orders is the one accompanied with her affair in the season two finale, ‘Meditations in an Emergency.’
It’s the thick of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Betty just received news that she’s pregnant, and she and Don are separated. She stops in a Manhattan bar and a man buys her a drink. Though she initially brushes him off to nurse her Gimlet, they are later seen together in a room behind the bar. They get dressed and go their separate ways.
While Betty’s Gimlet was likely vodka, gin is also acceptable.
Betty Draper’s Vodka Gimlet
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Lime slice for garnish
- Combine vodka and lime juice in a mixing glass filled with ice.
- Strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with lime.