Mad Men Returns Sunday: Swine's Head Bartender Makes Cocktails (Recipes)

Categories: Booze Hound
Michael Yarish/AMC
Megan and Don Draper drinking to a bright future?
The sixth season of Mad Men premieres this Sunday, April 7, at 9 p.m. on AMC, and already the spoilers are coming in from blogs and online magazines. We won't share any of them, except to state the obvious -- the two hour episode will have Don Draper, Roger Sterling, Joan Harris, and the rest of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce jumping into the mid-'60s where Don is still working the ad game, this time traveling to Hawaii to woo a hotel account.

In addition to the fine acting, sharp attention to detail regarding 60's fashion, and a great storyline, Mad Men fans look forward to the characters' incredibly decadent ways. Be it smoking, cheating, or drinking, these men and women sure know how to live life to the fullest.

Laine Doss
We asked Robert Ferrara, head bartender at Swine Southern Table & Bar, to pay homage to Mad Men by sharing some cocktail recipes worthy of a watch party. Some are straight classics of the '60s, some are reinvented takes on favorites. All of them are available at the restaurant or make them at home with these recipes.

Laine Doss
Robert Ferrara tells us not to fear the vermouth. "So many bars don't even put it in a gin martini anymore, but the classic gin martini calls for vermouth. I like my martinis made with equal parts of the two ingredients."  Ferrara makes his case for vermouth with a 50/50 martini, with a hint of orange bitters. It's fragrant, smooth, and the vermouth and orange bring out the herbal notes in the gin. Layne Price hung himself last season, but we picture Joan toasting the Brit with one of these in his honor.

50/50 Gin Martini

Equal parts Plymouth gin and Dolin vermouth
Orange bitters
Fresh orange peel

Stir gin, vermouth, and bitters in iced mixing glass. Strain into chilled martini glass. Run the orange peel across the rim of the glass and use the peel as garnish.

Location Info

Swine Southern Table & Bar

2415 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

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