Mad Men Season 7: “You’re Going to Like Us” – TWA’s Royal Ambassador Service and a Cocktail Recipe

 Mad Men Season 7: You’re Going to Like Us   TWAs Royal Ambassador Service and a Cocktail Recipe  The promo images and video for Mad Men Season 7 showing Don, Roger and company flying TWA got us thinking about the now defunct airline and its famous Royal Ambassador Class service of the late 1960s, when flight attendants were airborne bartenders. To learn more, we spoke with Marge Siegal, a former TWA flight attendant who started flying with the airline in 1970.

 Mad Men Season 7: You’re Going to Like Us   TWAs Royal Ambassador Service and a Cocktail Recipe

Marge Siegal, at her TWA Flight Attendant graduation in Kansas City, 1970

Siegal is the editor of The Very Best of TWA, a collection of 130 recipes from TWA kitchens, which also includes contributions from former flight attendants.

TWA was known as the “airline to the stars,” says Siegal, recalling the glory days of flight. “We were the first to do in-flight meals. Celebrities loved flying TWA, and three popes chartered flights to the United States on TWA.”

“Flying was more glamorous and the meals were too,” adds Siegal. “It was a different era. People dressed up and we were proud to fly.”

Dinners, served on Rosenthal China, were made in kitchens on the ground, but flight attendants added sauces and garnishes in the airplane galleys. “Drinks, served in glassware, were all mixed in flight. Passengers expected cocktails and we would gladly mix them,” says Siegal. There were many cocktail options, including the famous Royal Ambassador Cocktail (see recipe). The most popular TWA inflight cocktail ever served was not a 1960s cocktail, but an 1980s concoction, the Bocce Ball, a mix of amaretto, orange juice and club soda.  A TWA favorite of the Mad Men era was the GK Cadillac, made with Galliano, Kahlua and cream from those little airline creamers, served over crushed ice.

 Mad Men Season 7: You’re Going to Like Us   TWAs Royal Ambassador Service and a Cocktail Recipe

TWA Royal Ambassador Mug

 

 Mad Men Season 7: You’re Going to Like Us   TWAs Royal Ambassador Service and a Cocktail Recipe

TWA Royal Ambassador Service Menu

What could Don and Roger expect in first class? In the early days, recalls Siegal, beverages were served to passengers in glassware while the plane was on the ground.  Hot towels were passed after take off. Linen tablecloths were placed on the seat trays and cocktail service began again. Attendants came down the aisle with an appetizer cart, which included caviar. The most popular appetizer, however, was Coquille St. Jacques.

“Then we came through with a salad cart and made salads to order,” says Siegal. “For entrees, TWA was famous for Chateaubriand, which was served from a carving cart.  Our steaks and Chateaubriand were cooked to order.  Many entrees were boarded in foil pans with steaks in one, potatoes in another, veggies in yet another., and we assembled the entrees in the galley, with the appropriate sauces and garnishes before serving to our passengers.  It was no small feat to try to accommodate different meat preferences, when they were all boarded in the same pan,” says Siegal. A  perennial favorite entrée, she recalls, was Iron Skillet Chicken, a fried boneless chicken breast with a sweet and sour sauce.

TWACover 220x300 Mad Men Season 7: You’re Going to Like Us   TWAs Royal Ambassador Service and a Cocktail Recipe

The Very Best of TWA

Finally, there was a dessert cart.  Most popular was Grand Marnier Fluff  – a combination of orange juice, gelatin, sugar and vanilla pudding served with whipped topping and vanilla ice cream. The dessert cart also featured cheese, crackers, fruit and cordials.

It was a far cry from flying today and no one paid to check a bag.

To order a copy of The Very Best of TWA,
email Marge Siegal (Margesiegal@gmail.com).

See our recipe for the Classic Algonquin Cocktail to toast Mad Men Season 7

TWA Royal Ambassador Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

1 drink

Image 11 Mad Men Season 7: You’re Going to Like Us   TWAs Royal Ambassador Service and a Cocktail Recipe

The classic TWA Royal Ambassador Cocktail, as prepared by TWA flight attendants, is a perfect drink to toast Season 7 of Mad Men.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ½ ounces Grand Marnier (or one mini)
  • Splash champagne

Instructions

  1. In a champagne glass, pour orange juice. Add Grand Marnier and top with champagne.
  2. Adjust to taste by adding more orange juice or Grand Marnier.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Zip Recipes Plugin
http://unofficialmadmencookbook.com/blog/mad-men-season-7-youre-going-to-like-us-twas-ambassador-service-and-a-cocktail-recipe/

Toasting Mad Men Season 7 with the Classic Algonquin Cocktail

 Toasting Mad Men Season 7 with the Classic Algonquin Cocktail

Don Draper at Algonquin in Seasons 7 promotional images

In the promotional images for Mad Men’s Season 7, Don Draper waits in front of New York’s famed Algonquin Hotel.

It’s not the first time the Algonquin Hotel has appeared in Mad Men. We’ve chosen the Classic Algonquin Cocktail to toast Season 7, offering  the Algonquin Hotel’s recipe and a look at Mad Men’s history with the Manhattan landmark.

ah 300x189 Toasting Mad Men Season 7 with the Classic Algonquin Cocktail

The lobby of the Algonquin in the early Mad Men era (photo: Algonquin Hotel)

 

The famed Algonquin Round Table, for which one of the midtown hotel’s current restaurants is named, was a group of actors, humorists, newspaper writers, and critics that met at a round table in the Algonquin for lunch every day from 1919 to 1929. Membership was fluid, but included, at one time or another, the sportswriter Heywood Broun, editor of the New Yorker  Harold Ross, actor and humorist Robert Benchley, actress Tallulah Bankhead, and actor and comedian Harpo Marx.

algonquin 300x199 Toasting Mad Men Season 7 with the Classic Algonquin Cocktail

Classic Algonquin Cocktail (photo: Algonquin Hotel)

Bartender Rodney Landers of the Blue Bar, and previously of the Plaza Hotel, recommended the classic Algonquin cocktail as befitting two advertising
executives meeting quietly to discuss an employment matter. Made with a “top-shelf rye whiskey base,” the drink also includes vermouth and pineapple juice as its two other principal ingredients. While Jim Hobart is a very persuasive man, we doubt even a couple of Algonquin cocktails, as fine as they are, would have persuaded Don to jump ship from Sterling Cooper.

Classic Algonquin Cocktail from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 coclktail

ncybarwriter911 Toasting Mad Men Season 7 with the Classic Algonquin Cocktail

The Classic Algonquin Cocktail from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (SmartPop, 2011). Made with a “top-shelf rye whiskey base,” the drink also includes vermouth and pineapple juice as its two other principal ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 oz rye whiskey, preferably top-shelf small-batch whiskey
  • 3/4 oz vermouth
  • 3/4 oz pineapple juice
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour whiskey, vermouth, and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker and shake.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Zip Recipes Plugin
http://unofficialmadmencookbook.com/blog/toasting-mad-men-season-7-with-the-classic-algonquin-cocktail/