“I’ll have an Old Fashioned.”

Don Draper’s Old Fashioned Recipe

It’s Mad Men Cocktail Friday! Every Friday for the duration of Vegan MoFo, I’ll be featuring classic cocktails that are significant in the Mad Men world. It seems appropriate to start out with Don’s signature cocktail, the Old Fashioned. Don Draper’s preferred Old Fashioned recipe is made with rye, but feel free to use bourbon or another variation.

Don Draper's Old Fashioned Recipe

The series opens with Don mulling over the new Lucky Strike pitch, Old Fashioned in hand, and he continues to order the cocktail throughout the series. Try one at home with rye whiskey.

Get the recipe:

"I'll have an Old Fashioned."
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Old Fashioned Recipe Adapted from the AMC Cocktail Guide
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free
Serves: 1
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1½ oz of rye
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 cherry
  • 1 orange slice
  1. Combine the bitters, orange slice, cherry, sugar, and water in a lowball glass. Muddle to release the juices and oils of the fruit.
  2. Add the rye and ice. Stir.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Enjoy the weekend, MoFo-ers! Mad Men MoFo will be back on Monday.

Photo credit: AMC
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.

8 Replies to ““I’ll have an Old Fashioned.””

  1. Your photography is stunning. It has been great to see you progress over the years. Seriously beautiful Mofo. And I don’t know a thing about the mad men.

  2. This first week has been great! I can’t believe the time and detail you are putting into this. Can’t wait for next week.

  3. This looks so good I want a cigarette (I kid).

  4. So pretty 🙂

    I might need to have a cocktail tonight!

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