Summer Cocktail Roundup


Hey there!

Things have been a little crazy over here. Last month, I attended the third and final Vida Vegan Con Bloggers Conference in Austin, TX and have been playing catchup the past few weeks (I documented the VVC happenings mostly on Instagram). It was an amazing time and I learned so much to apply to my food blog, and day-to-day life as an entrepreneur. Speaking of, the main thing keeping me busy these days is keeping my photography business, Kelly Peloza Photo, up and running. I also have some fun things in the works on that front, so stay tuned!

Instead of radio silence, I thought I’d dig up some summer cocktail recipes from the official Seitan Beat Your Meat Cocktail Recipe Archives (the fancy way of saying I clicked on the “Drinks” category in the drop-down recipe menu) in preparation for the first day of summer (and also Father’s Day), which is this Sunday, June 21st! It’s been pretty dreary, muggy, and rainy in Chicago for the past week, so I certainly don’t mind looking at photos of brightly-colored drinks today either.

It just so happens that these are all vodka recipes and most of them are inspired by TV shows (that’s just how it goes with me), but a couple of them are gin or include gin variations. And as always, mixing up your own variation or turning these recipes into mocktails is encouraged.

Ginger Lime Hibiscus Cocktail

girly-drinkThis vodka-based pink drink is made with Hibiscus Rose Infused Vodka, ginger ale, lime simple syrup, lime juice, and a touch of Grand Marnier. I originally made it to accompany  (have you been following the ridiculousness of the new season? I can’t look away).

Find the recipe here.

Cucumber Mojito

cucumber-mojitoThis Cucumber Mojito recipe is also made with an infused vodka. It’s full of fresh mint leaves and cucumber slices, lime, cucumber-infused vodka, and topped off with club soda. It’s an excellent, not-too-sweet, summer afternoon drink.

Get your Cucumber Mojito on here.

Tom Collins

The rest of the cocktails on this list are also inspired by a TV show. These are pulled from my 2013 Mad Men Vegan MoFo project. This drink is your standard Tom Collins with a Sally Draper twist.

Read all about it, and get the recipe here.

Rocket Fuel


“You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency.” According to Peggy Olson’s quote, Rocket Fuel is not actually a cocktail, but I included it on this list anyway.

This not-cocktail is really just vodka and Mountain Dew, but if you want some proper instructions, check it out here.

Vodka Gimlet


The final cocktail here is Betty Draper’s Vodka Gimlet. It’s full of lime, vodka, and metaphorical disappointment (the actual drink is delicious).

Betty is firmly in the vodka camp, but gin is also a possibility with this gimlet recipe.


“Hawaii. The jumping off point.”


Welcome to the final Mad Men Cocktail Friday and the penultimate episode of Mad Men MoFo! We’re taking a trip to Hawaii for today’s cocktails: Blue Hawaiian and Piña Colada.

Mad Men season six opens with Don and Megan’s Hawaiian vacation. Shortly after, Hawaii becomes the inspiration for an ad campaign. While Don’s personal life affects his work in a variety of ways, this time it’s not completely negative or insane. The hotel company rejects the ad, claiming the ad suggests character in the narrative “jumped off” to commit suicide. Creative says that’s what makes it a brilliant ad.


It’s no wonder Hawaii is subtly significant in the Mad Men world and fills even Don with slightly less angst. It’s a self-contained paradisaical escape from their sloppy, sordid lives. Madison Avenue’s utopian antithesis. But it wouldn’t be Mad Men if the booze wasn’t flowing, even in Hawaii.

Blue Hawaiian


1 oz blue Curaçao
1 oz light rum
1 oz cream of coconut
2 oz pineapple juice
1 cup of ice

1 cherry
1 slice of pineapple


  1. Combine all ingredients, except cherry and pineapple, in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with cherry and pineapple. Add a cocktail umbrella if desired.

Piña Colada


1 1/2 oz light rum
2 oz cream of coconut
2 oz pineapple juice
1 cup crushed ice

1 cherry
1 slice of pineapple


  1. Combine all ingredients, except cherry and pineapple, in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with cherry and pineapple. Add a cocktail umbrella if desired.
Photo credit: AMC

Photo credit: AMC

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you for following Mad Men MoFo this month! I will be back on Monday with a final post, behind the scenes of Mad Men MoFo.

“I’ll have an Old Fashioned.”


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. 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. Don’s liquor of choice is rye whiskey, but feel free to use bourbon or another variation.

Old Fashioned

Adapted from the AMC Cocktail Guide


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