Meditations in an Emergency

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!

Vodka Gimlet Recipe

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.

Meditations in an Emergency
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Betty Draper's Vodka Gimlet Recipe
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free
Serves: 1
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime slice for garnish
  1. Combine vodka and lime juice in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with lime.

Betty Draper's Vodka Gimlet Recipe
Photo credit: AMC

Kelly Peloza is the blogger and photographer at Seitan Beats Your Meat, and the author of two vegan cookbooks: The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, and Cheers to Vegan Sweets.

She lives in Chicago and runs a photography business called Kelly Peloza Photo.

One Reply to “Meditations in an Emergency”

  1. Cooler than James “shaken, not stirred” Bond’s martini. 😉

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