A Holiday Punch Recipe for Mad Men: Canadian Clubhouse Punch

 A Holiday Punch Recipe for Mad Men: Canadian Clubhouse Punch

Canadian Clubhouse Punch from THE UNOFFICIAL MADMEN COOKBOOK, circa 1961 (SmartPop, 2011).

If you’re looking for the perfect punch to serve at your holiday parties, try this  favorite recipe, circa 1961 from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Canadian Clubhouse Punch. Serious Eats said of the recipe;
“While Canadian whisky doesn’t get much love from the serious cocktail crowd, in this retro punch, it’s pretty perfect. The whisky is set off with plenty of citrus and a touch of blackberry brandy. The punch is festive and sippable in a way that goes down a bit too easily.”

 

 

CANADIAN CLUBHOUSE PUNCH
SEASON 4, EPISODE 2 “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”

The 1964 Christmas Party at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is supposed to be a low-key affair; the firm is struggling and an extravagant celebration is neither in the cards nor the budget. But when Roger Sterling learns that Lee Garner, Jr., the arrogant, party-boy son of Lucky Strike owner Lee Garner, Sr., is going to be in town, they have to pull out all the stops and put on a show. Lucky Strike is the firm’s biggest account, Lee loves Christmas, and Roger will do whatever it takes to keep his most important happy.

Nothing says “party” like a festive punch, and if you’re throwing one of your own this is the punch to serve, especially if Lee Garner, Jr., is coming. Self-serve punch was a popular feature of parties of all kinds in the 1960s, and since guests often had no idea what was in it, or in what quantities, it sometimes left more than a few of them reeling.
This fruity holiday recipe for Canadian Clubhouse Punch from a 1961 advertisement is sure to get your holiday party or special occasion off on the right foot and keep your guests, or important clients, happy.

“Punch” is generally thought to be a shortened version of puncheon, a cask used to transport rum. Regardless, the alcohol in punch can be brandy, rum, gin, sherry, or whiskey. If you’re striving for authenticity, note that Canadian Club didn’t produce a whiskey aged twelve years in Don Draper’s time, though they do today; the six-year premium whiskey would have been the one on Don’s credenza, and in his punch.

Mad Men Style Holiday Punch: Canadian Clubhouse Punch

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

About 2 quarts (approximately 12 servings)

 A Holiday Punch Recipe for Mad Men: Canadian Clubhouse Punch

A recipe for a festive holiday punch from a 1961 Canadian Club holiday advertisement is perfect for holiday parties, Mad Men style, or not! Recipe from THE UNOFFICIAL MAD MEN COOKBOOK by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (Smartpop, 2011).

Ingredients

  • Thin peel of 2 oranges
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cups orange juice
  • 6 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 4 ounces blackberry liqueur or brandy
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle Canadian Club Whisky
  • Block of ice, for punch bowl
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced in half moons

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mash orange peel and sugar. Add orange juice and lemon juice and stir until sugar dissolves. Add orange extract, liqueur or brandy, and whisky and stir. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  2. Take punch out of refrigerator and remove orange peel with a slotted spoon. Place block of ice in a punch bowl and pour punch into bowl. Float orange slices in bowl, or garnish each punch cup with a slice.

Notes

Freeze a block of ice in advance for the punch bowl.

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Bloody Mary Marinade: Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 8

Tailgate bloody 2 169x300 Bloody Mary Marinade: Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 8Imagine eating your favorite Mad Men cocktails instead of sipping them! Cathy’s Sassy Sauce of Napa Valley, California makes it possible. Cathy’s debut simmer-grill sauce is a Bloody Mary re-engineered for cooking. We doubt Pete Campbell would have thrown Trudy’s roast chicken over the balcony of their Manhattan apartment in Season 2 if Trudy had been marinating it in Cathy’s Sassy Sauce! It’s delicious on ribs, steaks and in stews. Cathy’s sassy Bloody Mary Marinade: Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 8second act is in the works: a Mai Tai simmer-grill sauce that even Trader Vic, the Mai Tai’s cantankerous creator, would have savored. Cathy’s Sassy Sauce is the perfect marinade  for any Mad Men dinner party!

Enter to win a two-jar set of Cathy’s Tailgate Bloody Mary Simmer Grill Sauce (we are giving away three sets)!

Mad Men Thanksgiving Recipe: Barbetta’s Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese

This week, The Village Voice’s“Fork in the Road” blog chose a dessert recipe from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook for its perfect Vegan Thankgiving menu. Here’s the recipe courtesy of Barbetta, the oldest Italian restaurant in New York and the oldest New York restaurant still owned by its founding family, and a few words about its connection to Mad Men. Happy Thanksgiving!

Season 4, Episode 8
“The Summer Man”
After Bethany van Nuys, one of Don Draper’s post-separation dates, complains that the Benihana Steak House isn’t very intimate, their next evening out is at Barbetta, an elegant Piemontese restaurant on West 46th Street. We see Don and Bethany looking over the menu but we never hear them order or see their food. We asked Laura Maioglio, Barbetta’s current owner and the daughter of the restaurant’s founder Sebastiano, what she would have recommended for a romantic dinner for two in 1962.

For dessert she recommended pears baked in red wine alla Piemontese which also first appeared on Barbetta’s menu in 1962, and would have been the perfect way for Don and Bethany to keep the warmth of the evening going. Once you try Barbetta’s Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese you may agree that no pear has ever given its life for a better cause.

Barbetta's Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time:

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

pears Mad Men Thanksgiving Recipe: Barbettas Pears Baked in Red Wine alla Piemontese

A classic Piemontese dessert recipe for pears baked in red wine sauce from New York's oldest family Italian restaurant, Barbetta.

Ingredients

  • 6 ripe Bosc pears
  • 2 cups red wine
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Wash and dry pears.
  2. Place pears in a baking pan that accommodates 6 pears (lay them flat).
  3. In a small bowl, pour the red wine and add sugar, cloves, cinna­mon stick, and lemon juice. Stir until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture into the baking pan and place in oven.
  4. Turn pears after 5 minutes and brush with liquid in pan.
  5. Bake for approximately 1 hour (cooking time may vary depending on size and ripeness of pears), continuing to brush the pears every 10 minutes. Pears should be slightly crinkly.
  6. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Serve with extra red wine sauce.
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Retro Cooking from the Cookbook Maven: Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide Pick & Giveaway 7

Aside from the Mad Men era establishments Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 1962 The Cookbook Maven Retro Cooking from the Cookbook Maven:  Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide Pick & Giveaway 7that contributed recipes to our book, we relied on dozens of vintage cookbooks from the 1950s and ‘60s to create a cookbook true to the era, including two classics that were always on display on Betty Draper’s kitchen counter, Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (the so-called “red plaid” for its distinctive cover) and Betty Crocker’s Hostess Cookbook.

We turned to other classic cookbooks of the era, as well, such as Clementine Paddleford’s How America Eats for the Lindy’s cheesecake recipe,  and other lesser known cookbooks such as Nina Mortellito’s The Small Kitchen Cookbook, to show us how Joan would gave made a Crown Roast in her tiny New York apartment.The Cookbook Maven on Etsy 219x300 Retro Cooking from the Cookbook Maven:  Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide Pick & Giveaway 7

If you or your favorite retro cook enjoys delving into mid-century recipes, or you’re planning your next Mad Men party, consider our favorite online source for vintage cookbooks from the 1920s-1970s, The Cookbook Maven.

The Cookbook Maven has put together a nifty mid-century holiday cooking bundle just for fans of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook. W Retro Cooking from the Cookbook Maven:  Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide Pick & Giveaway 7e’ll let her tell you about her great giveaway:

“Toss on that apron over your crinolines (or smoking jacket) and let’s get cooking, Mad Men style!

The first gift is Good Housekeeping’s Appetizer Book (1958), full of festive holiday canapés and cocktail accompaniments, such as Crab Meat Spread, Christmas Canapés and Christmas Wreath Appetizers.

Next, some kitschy vintage plastic party picks (1960s) for skewering those martini olives and cocktail meatballs!

Then, a poultry cookbook from the Culinary Arts Institute (1951) — your guide to preparing turkey, duck and more, with recipes from: Roast Turkey to Duck a la Creole, Broiled Squab Chicken with Sautéed Pineapple, and more.

We round out this holiday bundle with some vintage cookie cutters (1960s) and a copy of The Cookie Book (1951), also from the Culinary Arts Institute, with yummy recipes for molded, rolled, filled, drop cookies, Christmas cookies and bars and more.”

Everyone’s a winner: The Cookbook Maven is offering 15% off any order for Mad Men fans: just use the code MadMenMenu! Bon Appetit!

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Russel Wright’s American Modern™ from Bauer Pottery: Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 6

4476293529 e37800289f Russel Wrights American Modern™ from Bauer Pottery:  Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway 6You may not have heard of Russel Wright, but no one had a greater influence on the look and style of the mid-century American home than Wright.

“For more than 40 years beginning in the 1920’s, the industrial designer Russel Wright was to Macy’s and other New York stores what Michael Graves is today to Target and Martha Stewart is to Kmart,” said The New York Times in 2006. “His philosophy — good design is for everyone — spawned a lifestyle movement. Everything manufactured in his name, including dinnerware, furniture and household items, was sophisticated, and all of it was cheap. With a genial smile and marketing genius, he ushered modernism out of the museum and into middle-class suburbia.”

Those familiar with Wright’s iconic designs can see evidence of his influence on the sets of Mad Men. Today, Bauer Pottery of Los Angeles has the exclusive license to produce Russel Wright’s dinnerware — the most widely sold American ceramic dinnerware in history — the American Modern™ line designed by Russel Wright®, based on Wright’s original designs.

Bauer Pottery will send a Russel Wright American Modern™ pitcher and four tumblers (valued at $164.00) for a lucky winner: perfect for your home …and your next Mad Men dinner party! Enter to win!

Candy Violets, Red Hots and Groovy 60s Sweets: Our Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Week 5

In a sentimental moment in M60sgroovycandysampler 2 Candy Violets, Red Hots and Groovy 60s Sweets: Our Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Week 5ad Men’s Season 2, Episode 4 (“Three Sundays”), Don Draper waxes nostalgic about the small purple candies his father used to enjoy: Chowards Violets. They make another cameo in Season 5, Episode 6 (“Far Away Places”), when we see Peggy with the pack of Violets that might bring good luck before a pitch.

Groovy Candies, a Cleveland-based online candy retailer carries Choward’s Violets a95 Candy Violets, Red Hots and Groovy 60s Sweets: Our Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Week 5nd an array of other nostalgic sweets, more than 2,500 in all from the 1950s through the 1980s. Atomic Fireballs and candy cigarettes (Lucky Strikes!) are their best sellers of 1960s vintage. If you know a retro Candy Freak –- the one who can’t resist a candy necklace, Turkish Taffy, Mike & Ikes and Smarties —  Groovy Candies has a few sweet treats in a gift pack:  a 1960s candy sampler with 37 pieces of nostalgia candy or the 1960s Grab Bag. And the Fun Facts of the decade they add to each box are irresistible as well!

Our 3 Groovy Candies holiday giveaways will take you and your favorite Mad candy fans back to the Mad Men era! Enter to win three gifts:

*1960s Groovy Candies sampler and 2 1960s Groovy Candies Grab Bags
*A 1950s Classic Candy sampler and 2 1950s Classic Candy Grab Bags
*A $50.00 Groovy Candies Gift Certificate card to spend on Violets or wherever your sweet tooth takes you!

Enter “madmen” as a promo code when checking out at  Groovy Candies this holiday season and you’ll receive a 5% discount on your order!

 

Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Pick Week 4: Vintage Clothing and Accessories with Modern Flair

1531 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Pick Week 4:  Vintage Clothing and Accessories with Modern Flair No wife of Don Draper’s would be caught dead preparing Beef Bourguignon or Sole Meunière wearing sweat pants and a t-shirt! Shabby Apple, a vintage inspired online dress boutique, brings back the styles that make1040 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Pick Week 4:  Vintage Clothing and Accessories with Modern Flair the women of Mad Men look like a million dollars whether they’re dining at Lutèce, preparing a Crown Roast for twenty or chairing a meeting of the board of their own company. Devoted to making women “feel feminine and beautiful for what they wear, not what they bare,” Shabby Apple “returns dresses to what they were always meant to be — a one1867 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway Pick Week 4:  Vintage Clothing and Accessories with Modern Flair -piece outfit. No need to add anything…no tank tops, no cardigans, nothing (except accessories, of course!).” Whether you’re looking for a brooch, apron, purse or entire vintage inspired outfit for you or your favorite Mad Men fan, you’ll want to browse Shabby Apple.

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