Ratner’s Kosher Restaurant: The Harmatz Family Shares Memories of the Mad Men era, a recipe and giveaway

ratners Ratners Kosher Restaurant: The Harmatz Family Shares Memories of the Mad Men era, a recipe and giveawayIn late November we were contacted by a reader, Michael Eisenberg, who was particularly interested in our May 21 blog post about Ratner’s, a Jewish kosher dairy restaurant featured in Season 5 of Mad Men (“Christmas Waltz,” Episode 4). Eisenberg’s wife Melanie is the great-granddaughter of Jacob Harmatz who opened Ratner’s with partner Alex Ratner in 1905. (A coin flip determined the restaurant’s name.) With Eisenberg’s help we interviewed Melanie and her father, Robert, Jacob Harmatz’s grandson and the third generation owner of Ratner’s, about the iconic New York eatery on the Lower East Side. Among other things we were surprised to learn that the Harmatz family had no idea Ratner’s had a cameo in Mad Men until they read our blog.

We’re happy to share our interview, with images of Ratner’s courtesy of the Harmatz family, and Ratner’s signature Vegetable Cutlets with Gravy recipe. We’re also giving away two copies of The World Famous Ratner’s Meatless Cookbook courtesy of Ratner’s.

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A Ratner’s menu from the Mad Men era.

Can you tell us a little bit of the history of Ratner’s? 

Ratner’s started in 1905 on Pitt Street in the Lower East Side and later moved to 138 Delancey Street in 1918, where it remained until closing in 2002.  Until the 1970s, blue laws prohibited stores from opening on Sundays. However, certain streets on the Lower East Side were exempt from the law so that the Jewish Community, which observed the Sabbath on Saturdays, could shop on the weekend.  As a result, the Lower East Side became the place for Sunday bargain shopping followed by a meal at Ratner’s. It was a tradition. Lines stretched down the block on Delancey Street and on a typical Sunday we would serve up to 1,200 people.

How did Ratner’s become a Vegetarian Kosher Dairy restaurant? Were there others in the area in the 1960s?
 
Obeying Jewish Kosher laws, meat and dairy cannot be served together. In the early 1900s, Ratner’s was strictly dairy and became the restaurant for kosher patrons looking for a dairy meal. There were many strictly dairy restaurants at the time, but by the 1960s tastes began to change and Ratner’s began serving fish as well.

Can you describe the atmosphere at Ratner’s in the 1960s? Who worked there?

In the 1960s, many of the customers had moved to the suburbs and would come back to their roots on Sundays to shop on the Lower East Side and eat at Ratner’s. The waiters and cooks were mostly Jewish immigrants of Eastern European descent and had worked there full time for many years. Many were holocaust survivors. They had a sense of humor and no-nonsense attitude. They acted like they were the boss and their shtick became a well-known part of the experience. One particular waiter kept boxes of shoes in his basement locker and would try to sell them to the customers while waiting the tables.

What were some of the best-selling menu items of the era? What were some of your favorite dishes?

The best selling and popular dishes at the time were the potato soup, vegetarian chop liver, vegetarian cutlet, blintzes, perogen, cheese cakes and danishes. Also, customers enjoyed the free onion rolls waiting for them at the table.

Did recipes change over the years, or did the restaurant always use the original recipes?

Most of the recipes were the original recipes. They stood the test of time and it was this nostalgia that kept many of the customers coming back.

Who were some of the famous clientele at Ratner’s in the Mad Men era?

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New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, center, and Senator Jacob Javits, third from right at Ratner’s in the 1960s.

In the 1920s, Ratner’s was known as being the hang out for some of the old gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky. By the 1960s, it was a place to be recognized in the community. The Sunday before every election the politicians would stop by for a good luck blintz and a way to reach the Jewish vote. Many of the customers in the 1960s included politicians such as Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Senator Jacob Javits, Senator Kenneth Keating, and Senator Robert Kennedy. Governor Rockefeller thought the blintzes were good luck and would serve them at his election-eve dinners. Stars would stop in as well.  Jackie Mason’s brother, who kept kosher, was a regular customer and would bring Jackie. Other stars included Groucho Marx, Phil Silvers, Elia Kazan, and Walter Matthau.  Ratner’s was used in several movies including a scene in The French Connection.

We’ve included the Ratner’s Vegetable Cutlets with Gravy Recipe seen in this blog post because the Mad Men scene in a re-created Ratner’s shows a sign on the wall promoting them. What can you tell us about this recipe?

The Veggie Cutlet was an old time favorite. When eating a strictly dairy meal, it was the best substitute for eating a meat dish.

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Ratner’s owner Harold Harmatz with New York Mayor John Lindsay.

Do you still produce foods for sale?

The frozen food business, including the blintzes, soups, and potato cakes, started in 1978.  Initially, the products were sold to a couple of small stores in the suburbs. Eventually, the business grew more popular. A custom blintz making machine was purchased from California to handle the volume and Ratner’s frozen foods began being sold in supermarkets. When the restaurant closed in 2002, the rights were sold to King Kold who may have sold them to someone else. You can still find Ratner’s frozen foods in supermarkets.

Why did the restaurant close?

Ratner’s closed in 2002. Food tastes changed and especially the Lower East Side changed. The original Eastern European Jews have all moved out of the Lower East Side.  The neighborhood is a younger trendy crowd who don’t have the same taste for veggie cutlets.

Were you surprised to hear that Ratner’s was featured in Mad Men?

We found out that Ratner’s was featured in a scene in Mad Men from your blog. We are big fans of the show but didn’t catch the cameo while watching the episode the first time.  It was very exciting to see the show pay tribute to the restaurant. Mad Men does a wonderful job in keeping the authenticity and capturing the period. We would love to know how the idea to include Ratner’s evolved and how they came up with the set.

Ratner’s is legendary. What do you miss about the restaurant?

Looking back, the best part and what will be missed the most, was the people. The memories of the different colorful characters and the personalities of both the staff and customers is what can be enjoyed now.  During the 1960s, the restaurant felt like a big part of New York culture.

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Ratner’s Vegetable Cutlets With Gravy

Harry Crane and the erstwhile Paul Kinsey, now a Hare Krishna, meet for two meals at

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Paul Kinsey and Harry Crane have a vegetarian meal at Ratner’s in Mad Men’s Season 5

Ratner’s on the Lower East Side, in Mad Men‘s Season 5, Episode 10 (“Christmas Waltz”). It’s a logical choice for the now-vegetarian Paul because Ratner’s specialized in kosher dairy: there wasn’t a wasn’t a corned beef, brisket or pastrami sandwich to be had. One of Ratner’s specialties was its kosher baked vegetable cutlet with mushroom gravy and we see two signs on the walls suggesting it to customers.

Ratner’s recipe for baked vegetable cutlets comes from The World Famous Ratner’s Meatless Cookbook by Judith Gethers, the owner’s daughter, and her niece, Elizabeth Lefft (Bantam Books, 1975). The baked vegetable cutlet was a patty made of potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, green beans and peas combined with matzo meal and egg and topped with vegetarian mushroom gravy sauce. The cutlets called for canned vegetables, although we prefer them with fresh.

Ratner’s Vegetable Cutlets with Gravy

Yield: 6 servings (cutlets); 4 cups (gravy)

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The recipe for Vegetable Cutlets with Gravy from Ratner's Deli as seen on Season 5 of Mad Men (Christmas Waltz). Recipe adapted from The World-Famous Ratner’s Meatless Cookbook by Judith Gethers and Elizabeth Lefft (Bantam Books, 1975)

Ingredients

  • For the Cutlets
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes (about 2 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2/3 pound)
  • 6 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced carrots, drained (see note)
  • 1 (16-ounce) can cut green beans, drained
 (see note)
  • 1 (16-ounce) can of peas, drained
 (see note)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups matzoh meal (approximately)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetable Cutlet Gravy (see recipe)
  • For the Gravy
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 (1-pound) can of tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups Mushroom Water (see recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon mushroom powder
 (You can grind dried mushrooms ,such as Porcini, for the mushroom powder)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Paprika
  • For the Mushroom Water
  • 2 pounds mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 quart water

Instructions

  1. To make cutlets: Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Cook potatoes in boiling salted water for 20 minutes, or until tender. Mash.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat butter and sauté onions and mushrooms until tender.
  4. Pour mushroom mixture into a bowl with mashed potatoes. Stir in carrots, green beans, peas and 2 eggs. Blend thoroughly. Add enough matzoh meal so that mixture can be shaped into large patties. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Shape into 12 patties. Beat the remaining eggs well. Brush patties on both sides, coating thoroughly. Place on a well-greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until lightly golden browned. Serve hot.
  7. To make the gravy: In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons butter and sauté onion, carrot, celery, green pepper and garlic until soft, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add tomatoes, mushroom water and mushroom powder. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Mix remaining 2 tablespoons butter and flour and enough water to make a paste. Stir into saucepan and cook until sauce bubbles and thickens. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Serve hot spooned over Ratner’s Vegetable Cutlets.
  10. To make the Mushroom Water: In a large saucepan, combine mushrooms and water. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until mushrooms are tender.
  11. Strain broth and chill until ready to use. (Remaining chopped mushrooms may be chilled until ready to use in any dish).

Notes

The original recipe calls for 16-ounce cans each of diced carrots, cut green beans and peas, but we prefer substituting an equal quantity of fresh vegetables, lightly steamed.

The authors suggest serving vegetable cutlets with noodles and butter and a sliced orange salad.

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A Bouffant Bun made easy? Learn to create Mad Men Hairstyles & Make Up with our Holiday Gift Pick & Giveaway

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The “Receptionist” Hairstyle, inspired by Joan Holloway

The Receptionist? It’s a hairstyle influenced by Joan Holloway, Sterling Cooper’s raven-haired femme fatale. If you’d like to learn to create Mad Men hairstyles  — from a Bouffant Bun to a French Twist —  or want tips on how to create apply make up with 60s style, hair and make-up artist Lauren Rennells, a veteran of the photography and film industry, has the books for you.  Her passion for hairstyles of the past and vintage cosmetics led her her to write two jh3 150x150 A Bouffant Bun made easy?  Learn to create Mad Men Hairstyles & Make Up with our Holiday Gift Pick & Giveawayvolumes with step- by-step how-to’s on mid-century hair and makeup: Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step by Step Techniques and Retro MakeupTechniques for Applying the Vintage Look.

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Martinez Recipe: A Vintage Cocktail for the Holidays

We’re happy to share a recipe for the Martinez  —  a predecessor of the Martini —  that we mentioned in our blog post about the cocktails that spirits writer Kara Newman recently mixed at Mohonk Mountain House. If your guests prefer a sweeter drink than a Martini, try this version of the classic cocktail Kara mixed to brighten your holidays.

Martinez (circa 1884)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

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A recipe for a classic Martinez (circa 1884) -- a predecessor of the Martini -- makes a perfect cocktail for holiday gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces Old Tom gin
  • 1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange peel twist, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Stir together all liquid ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.
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Bosco and Retro Chocolate Bars: Mad Men Gift Pick and Giveaway 11

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Advertised as natural, thicker and richer in B vitamins than its competitors, Bosco mixed with milk was a genuine treat for children in mid-century America.

Now you can try the original Bosco and a few modern variations: strawberry, sugar-free and Dulce De Caramel. Whether you’re nostalgic for the “oh so thick and rich” chocolate syrup, or just have fond memories of the “I love Bosco” commercials, you can enter to win a Bosco gift pack. (Did you know Bosco was used as a substitute for blood in a number of black and white movies, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Night of the Living Dead)?bosco 4 bottles 300x137 Bosco and Retro Chocolate Bars: Mad Men Gift Pick and Giveaway 11

For chocolate candy fans, you can  have Bosco’s chocolate taste conveniently wrapped up in a delicious all-natural milk chocolate PANAM BOTH 3D 3 300x100 Bosco and Retro Chocolate Bars: Mad Men Gift Pick and Giveaway 11bar. And for 60s fans, the Praim Group also offers chocolate bars with wrappers featuring quotes from 60s pop culture icon Andy Warhol and the logo from the popular airline, Pan Am.  A great gift for a retro foodie fan!

Enter to win a gift pack of Bosco, and an assortment of vintage candy bars!.

 

Mad Men Holiday Cocktail: Jade

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The Jade Cocktail

The vibrant, green and minty “Jade ” is a perfect vintage Christmas cocktail. Our recipe, from Playboy’s Host & Bar Book by Thomas Mario (1971) is paired with the famous election night scene from the first season of Mad Men, when the Sterling Cooper water cooler is emptied and filled with crème de menthe.

Here is the recipe from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, along with our introduction. Happy Holidays!

Season 1, Episode 12 ( “Nixon vs. Kennedy”)

After the last of the partners has left the office on election eve in 1960, the staff of Sterling Cooper breaks out the booze as they watch the returns of the presidential race on television. It’s a pro-Nixon crowd, and the mood is celebratory.

NBC’s computer projections show the odds of a Kennedy victory at twenty two
to one. Liquor appears from all corners of the office—vodka, whiskey, red
wine—but the supply quickly dwindles so Ken Cosgrove, Harry Crane, and the
others must try to figure out where to get more with the liquor stores closed.

“I have a bottle of absinthe in my office,” says Paul Kinsey, referring to
the high-proof spirit that some believe, mistakenly, has dangerous psychoactive
qualities.

Joan Holloway offers to open the supply closet, but warns it’s not going to
be “the sack of Rome.”

“What do we have too much of?” asks Cosgrove.

“Rum, crème de menthe, and dog biscuits,” replies Joan.

Soon the water cooler is filled with the deep green crème de menthe, a
sweet, mint-flavored alcoholic beverage. We wanted to offer a crème de menthe cocktail that would make the staff of Sterling Cooper swoon. The Jadetdelivered on its promise of a cocktail that was minty “but not overpowering.”

We’re not sure what else, if anything, the Sterling Cooper staff put in that
water cooler, but the sweet concoction surely went a long way toward taking the
bitterness out of Nixon’s defeat.

Mad Men Holiday Cocktail: Jade

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

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The Jade, a green, minty cocktail from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, is perfect for the Christmas season

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 ounces golden rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon green crème de menthe
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange curaçao
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 slice lime

Instructions

  1. Add rum, crème de menthe, Curaçao, lime juice, and sugar with ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
  2. Strain into pre-chilled cocktail glass. Place ice in glass, pourcocktail over ice, and add lime slice.
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Mohonk Holidays Mad Men Style: Canapes, Cocktails (and our Popcorn Ball recipe!)

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Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York

To visit Mohonk Mountain House is to step back in time. This breathtaking hotel, opened in 1869, is set on the rocky ledges surrounding Lake Mohonk; it’s a two-mile drive through spectacular grounds from the main entrance to the lodge itself.

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Judy at Mohonk.

We can easily imagine Mad Men characters at the New Paltz, New York resort, or the giants of the Gilded Age such as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie. The Mohonk Mountain House is one of America’s grand old hotels, where the fireplace, not a television, is standard in every guest room, visitors read by the fire, ice skate, enjoy live music in the evening and generally find time to socialize and relax in ways that now seem old-fashioned. (Having said that, there is wireless Internet access, but we suggest using it as little as possible.) This is a place to indulge yourself in many ways, including the exceptional dining room.

What better setting for “How to Holidays,” Mohonk’s weekend of activities designed to help guests celebrate the holidays in mid-century Mad Men style?

Following our morning presentation of The Unofficial Mad Cookbook, Head Chef Jim Palmeri amplified our discussion about the influence of Julia Child and Graham Kerr, chefs he watched on TV as child, on mid-century culinary trends in America. Chef Jim also

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Sardi’s Hearts of Palm Salad is a festive holiday dish

demonstrated holiday appetizers from our book including Sardi’s Hearts of Palm Salad and several canapés. Both are quick and simple holiday recipes – and Sardi’s Hearts of Palm salad has festive red and green colors making it especially suitable for the season. Palmeri noted the contrast in textures between the pimiento and the hearts of palm as adding zest to the salad. We’re interested in trying fresh hearts of palm, as he suggested, instead of the canned variety typically found in grocery stores, which can be ordered online.

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The authors, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin, with Mohonk Executive Chef Jim Palmeri.

In the afternoon, pastry chef Sara Parker demonstrated two vintage holiday desserts from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Popcorn Balls (see recipe below). Our Pineapple Upside Down Cake can be made in a skillet, and as Parker told the audience, the cake is foolproof and delicious. The guests seemed to agree.  We’ve never seen four cakes disappear so quickly! Sara also made our Popcorn Balls, quick and perfect for a fun cooking project with kids during the holidays. Our recipe, made with marshmallows tastes like Rice Krispie Treats, but with popcorn. (See our Popcorn Ball recipe below.)

Wine Enthusiast Spirits Editor and author Kara Newman kicked off cocktail hour with a mini Mad Men cocktail primer featuring three classic Mad Men drinks, all beginning with “M”: the Martinez, the Manhattan and the Mai Tai –- all ideal holiday concoctions. We were won over by the Martinez, circa 1884, a forerunner of the Martini made with sweet vermouth, sweet gin, maraschino liqueur and orange bitters. It’s rich amber color is easy on the eyes and it goes down smoothly! The Mai Tai, Trader Vic’s original, (also a recipe in our book) was the best we’ve tasted,

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Kara Newman mixes three classic mid-century holiday cocktails

expertly mixed by Mohonk’s staff! Many guests asked if these cocktails could be created in large batches. As it happens, Kara’s new book Cocktails for a Crowd:  Punches, Pitchers and More, being released by Chronicle Books this spring, answers that question. At the end of Kara’s presentation, we raised a glass to the recent anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition (December 5) and to the holidays!

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Judy and Kara Newman toast the holidays with a Martinez and a Mai Tai

We’re happy to share a holiday recipe for Popcorn Balls from our book, as seen in Season 4, Episode 2, (“Christmas Comes But Once a Year”).

During the festivities at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Christmas party in 1964 a conga line forms and snakes through the office, past tables laden with holiday treats. We spotted a classic next to the candy canes: a bowl of red and white popcorn balls.

PopcornBalls 150x150 Mohonk Holidays Mad Men Style:  Canapes, Cocktails (and our Popcorn Ball recipe!)There are accounts, perhaps apocryphal, that Native Americans gave English settlers in Massachusetts popcorn balls made with maple syrup at the first Thanksgiving. It is at least fair to say that popcorn balls bound with syrup or molasses have been around for well over a century, according to Andrew F. Smith, author of Popped Culture: A Social History of Popcorn in America (Smithsonian, 2001). Popcorn’s various forms, including popcorn threaded onto lengths of string, have been a part of festive decorations for Christmas and other holidays at least since the late nineteenth century. In the 1960s, popcorn balls were popular Halloween treats and sold at country fairs, ball games, and the circus.

Popcorn ball recipes proliferated in the United States after the Civil War. The techniques and ingredients varied, but the basic concept was the same: use a heated adhering agent—syrup, sugar, or molasses—then add salt and butter and use the agent to shape the popcorn into a sphere. Flavorings such as chocolate, peppermint and vanilla were eventually added, as were foods like strawberries, nuts, and marshmallows to embellish the original. Additives such as food coloring could turn a normally white popcorn ball into an edible Christmas decoration, like the red and white popcorn balls on display at the Sterling Cooper Christmas party.

At the insistence of Lee Garner, Jr., the firm’s most important client, Roger Sterling dons a Santa suit at the holiday party. He looks pretty forlorn wearing it, but maybe a popcorn ball will restore his Christmas cheer. That and a few martinis.

Popcorn Ball Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: APPROXIMATELY 12 2-INCH BALLS

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Adapted from BETTY CROCKER’S NEW BOYS AND GIRLS COOKBOOK (Golden Press-Western, 1965), this recipe calls for marshmallow to make festive popcorn balls for the holidays -- with a taste reminiscent of Rice Krispie Treats.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups freshly popped popcorn
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¹⁄₄ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place popcorn in large buttered bowl. Heat marshmallows, butter, and salt in the top of a double boiler, or in the microwave, until melted.
  2. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and stir gently to coat. Grease hands with butter and quickly shape popcorn into 2-inch balls. Wrap in wax paper.
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Dress Like Draper with Monster Vintage: Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide Pick and Giveaway 10

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Monster Vintage’s owner, Victor Petrucci, has been collecting vintage clothing and accessories for twenty years, and the site is the premier online purveyor of one monster cache of true and unique vintage clothing and accessories. Mens’ clothing is 80% of Monster Vintage’s international business (Pendleton shirts and mesh hats currently among the most popular mens items from the 1960s) but you’ll find find a huge store of womens’ MVcoat Dress Like Draper with Monster Vintage:  Mad Men Holiday Gift Guide Pick and Giveaway 10 clothing and accessories as well.

Enter to win a $50.00 gift certificate or a $25.00 gift certificate to Monster.com, and receive a discount on all holiday shopping!

 

Cocktail Barware for A Mad Man: Holiday Gift Pick and Giveaway 9

It’s the first drink or food of any kind mentioned in Mad Men. In fact, it’s in the very first line of dialogue: “Old Fashioned, please.”

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Don’s Old Fashioned
Photo: Nina Gallant/The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

Don Draper is a whisky man and his preferred brand is Canadian Club. When it’s not in his Old Fashioned, he’s pouring it straight from the ever-present bottle that sits on his office liquor cart.

Whether you prefer bourbon or rye, imported or domestic, Bormilio Rocco, the Italian glassware company, has the perfect gift to complement your favorite whisky: a “Selecta” seven-piece glassware set featuring a  decanter and six tumblers. If you like your whisky “neat,” or prefer it in an Old Fashioned (don’t forget to muddle the cherry), this classic glassware set will ensure that every sip is taken in style…Don Draper style.

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Bormioli Rocco’s Whisky Decanter and Tumbler Set is perfect for any Mad Men-style cocktail bar.

Perfect for any Mad Men party host ( and makes a great gift packaged with The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook!) Enter to win a Selecta seven-piece glassware set including a whisky decanter and six tumblers.

Shopping Tip: Visit The Hour Shop in  Alexandria, Virginia,  and online, for mid-century chic barware.  Ninety percent of The Hour’s collection is true vintage.

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Vintage Barware from The Hour Shop

 

 

 

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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