Betty Draper’s Vodka Gimlet Recipe
Welcome back to Mad Men Cocktail Friday, Thursday edition. After a week largely focused on Betty Draper, I thought an extra cocktail was in order. We see Betty with her signature drink, the Vodka Gimlet, in season one, but the most notable one she orders is the one accompanied with her affair in the season two finale, ‘Meditations in an Emergency.’ Enjoy this vodka gimlet recipe in honor of Betty.*Warning: season two spoilers!
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.
- 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.