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Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Party Like It’s 1969: The Old Fashioned

Yes folks, it’s the ’60s and cocktail parties are all the rage. Here’s a great article  on how to throw the perfect ’60s soirée. All you need is booze, bacon (to wrap everything in, natch) and of course, a boatload of cream cheese.

But you’re going to need something to wash down your bacon-wrapped cream cheese, so how about Don Draper’s favorite drink, an Old Fashioned?

Esquire calls the Old Fashioned the “OG cocktail” and it’s hard to argue with that.

The Old Fashioned

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Ingredients
2 oz. rye or bourbon
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Club Soda
1 old fashioned glass

Directions
Place sugar cube (or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar) in an Old Fashioned glass.
Wet it down with 2 or 3 dashes of Angostura bitters and a short splash of club soda.
Crush sugar with a muddler
Rotate glass so sugar grains and bitters give it a lining
Add a large ice cube
Pour in the rye (or bourbon)
Serve with a stirring rod and garnish with an orange slice (and a maraschino cherry) if you’re so inclined.

Variation: You can also muddle the sugar and bitters with an orange slice and cherry for a fruity version that would probably make Don Draper angry. (Oh who are we kidding, Don would drink anything.)

Recipe: Esquire

There you have it – the perfect drink to quaff while banging your secretary.

And don’t forget to get your tickets to Decadent: 100 Years of Burlesque.

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

The ’60s: To Hellz and Back

Hellz Kitten channels Betty Draper
Instagram: @hellzkittennyc
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 The ’60s were explosive, uprooting everything from music to art to fashion to politics and taking us from the staid ’50s to the “anything goes” ’70s. Hellz Kitten is obsessed with the ’60s, so who better to represent this debaucherous decade?

 1. What is your favorite thing about the ’60s?
I love everything about the ’60s, from the clothes to the music. I like how the decade started out buttoned up and conservative, but by the end, all bets were off and YOLO was the name of the game. I mean it probably wasn’t good for society, but it looks like a lot of fun.
 
2. If you could have drinks/dinner with any person from that era, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Well, Don Draper, obviously, since I’m obsessed with Mad Men and because despite all his faults, he’s a gentleman who knows how to treat a lady (at least in the moment).
Cheers
 But I’d also like to get into Jim Morrison’s leather pants.

Or maybe a young(ish) Marlon Brando (although he’d probably bore you death with his causes all night).

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I’d love to see Janis Joplin live.

Badass

And maybe someone who could teach me how to do a cat-eye properly.

3. Is there anyone from today you think embodies the idea of the ’60s?
I’m hopeless about today’s pop culture, unless Wendy Williams is talking about on Hot Topics. But there are a lot of songs on my “Hipster Cocktail Party” Pandora station that sound kinda neo-groovy, so I’ll go with that.
Come get groovy with Hellz Kitten on April 22 at The Triad.
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Party Like It’s 1959: The Pink Squirrel

Party Like It’s 1959: The Pink Squirrel

The ’50s mark the golden age of the cocktail party, evoking images of glamorous women in sexy black dresses, martini in hand, slinking around with sophisticated, chain-smoking, white-jacketed Don Drapers.

This week’s cocktail is neither glamorous nor sophisticated, but fun and classic in its own way. And… it’s pink! And named after a small rodent! What’s not to love?

Invented (so the story goes) at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI, the Pink Squirrel highlights crème de noyaux, a little-known liqueur made from the pits of stone fruits that tastes vaguely of almonds, and crème de cacao. Some recipes call for ice cream rather than heavy cream, so if that’s your jam, go for it.

The Pink Squirrel

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Ingredients

1.5 oz. crème de noyaux*
1.5 oz. crème de cacao
1.5 oz. heavy cream

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry if desired. You’re ready to roll with Don Draper!

*If you can’t find it, try Amaretto.

Have you ever had a pink squirrel? Would you ever try one? What’s your favorite pink food or drink?