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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- Pour whiskey, vermouth, and pineapple juice in a cocktail shaker and shake.
- Strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.