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
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.
The Jade, a green, minty cocktail from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, is perfect for the Christmas season
- 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
- Add rum, crème de menthe, Curaçao, lime juice, and sugar with ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake well.
- Strain into pre-chilled cocktail glass. Place ice in glass, pourcocktail over ice, and add lime slice.