Inspired by Peggy Olson from Mad Men, this vegan Brandy Alexander cocktail is made with dairy free creamer and crème de cacao.
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Peggy's copywriting career begins during a focus group for Belle Jolie lipstick company. After some instigation, half the women in the group break down, sobbing about their relationships and insecurities. Peggy looks on, stupefied, and delivers a couple of one-liners that get the Miss Deaver's Secretarial School alumna noticed by the boys' club.
While carrying the wastebasket of tissues covered in lipstick samples (there's probably some snot and tears in there as well), she refers to it as a "basket of kisses." Of course, she couldn't possibly form a succinct metaphor on the spot with her secretary brain, so it takes some convincing that she did, in fact, think of that all by herself.
She continues, “I don't think anyone wants to be one of a hundred colors in a box." With that, she is responsible for the Belle Jolie ad and launches the 'Mark Your Man' campaign.
As Sterling-Cooper's newest copywriter and Don's protégé, Peggy is now responsible for the woman accounts, like Playtex and the Relax-a-Cizor* "weight loss device."
*Turns out the Relax-a-Cizor was a real thing, and it was quite dangerous. Who knew?
A newly minted copywriter, Peggy orders a Brandy Alexander, just like her friend Joan orders for her, while on a date with a truck driver a few episodes later. They start with small talk about their jobs, and the chemistry is a bit off from the beginning. Clearly threatened by her ambition, the date ends early when he tells her that she is not like the girls in Manhattan, and she never will be. Not one to back down, she simply states, "I am one of those girls."
Try this vegan Brandy Alexander recipe in honor of Peggy. It's a crème de cacao and cream-based cocktail served in a martini glass with a cocoa rim and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Soy creamer replaces the heavy cream, and all of the ingredients are shaken in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strained into the glass.
Vegan crème de cacao
Not at crème de cacao is vegan. According to Barnivore, Bols and Vok brands are vegan. Always double check for the latest information.
Vegan Brandy Alexander Recipe
Inspired by Peggy Olson from Mad Men, this vegan Brandy Alexander cocktail is made with dairy free creamer and homemade crème de cacao.
- ¾ ounce soy creamer or thick non-dairy milk
- ¾ ounce brandy
- ¾ ounce vegan crème de cacao, (see note)
- Cocoa powder
- Dip the rim of a martini glass in a bowl of milk or creamer.
- Roll the edge on a plate with cocoa powder to coat the rim. Shake off excess.
- Pour the liquors and cream into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake and pour in martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 9g
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Jackie at Vegan Yack Attack
Ah! I love this! You excuted the Basket of kisses perfectly. I've never had a Brandy Alexander before, but holy shit, it sounds devine. 🙂
Thanks! I kind of improvised on the creme de cacao here, but I bet it's an awesome drink when done proper.
LOL at Relax-a-Cizor...if only it was that easy. 😉
Brandy Alexanders used to be my favorite but I haven't had one in ages. Might be time to make some crème de cacao and stir some up. Thanks for the BA recipe and superfun post!
I can't seem to find if creme de cacao is always vegan, but either way, this homemade version looks fantastic! http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/01/diy-chocolate-liqueur-how-to-make-creme-de-cacao-recipe.html
Gotta admit, I've never watched Mad Men and I don't drink at all, but I this mix sounds like straight-up dessert. I bet I'd love it!
That actually sounds delicious! I don't really like alcohol but this I would probably like.
Also, I didn't know Ben Feldman was on Mad Men...I adore him, and he's not on my show (Drop Dead Diva) anymore. Now I know why!