I’m planning a bit of birthday fun this year, and am having a blast putting together a Mad Men themed cocktail party. Eeek, I’m really excited! The last cocktail party I hosted was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s film screening party, SO much fun.
It’s been a long time since I’ve made or indulged in a cocktail, and I the least I can do, through the week ahead, is refresh myself on the basics, and have some fun. I’m not such a big drinker, but making cocktails is a pleasure, beautifully hand crafted lovely drinks, and everything tastes better in a cocktail glass.
Thought I’d share a couple of the drinks, here is the Brandy Alexander, which is basically a handmade Baileys in a pretty glass… You may recall from Mad Men, this was a drink of choice for Peggy.
One part cream
One part brandy
One part crème de cacao
Nutmeg to garnish
Pour the liquors and cream into a mixing glass or shaker half full of ice. Shake and pour in martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.
A couple of tips, I keep my glasses chilled in the freezer, along with my shaker, and extra ice. I write this recipe in ‘parts’ as you might have different size glasses to fill (I have a couple of different cocktail glasses that I use) and it is a bit of a crowd pleaser, so you may want to play around with it!
As a variation, a few dashes of Angostura bitters is nice to garnish, and cinnamon is also a nice alternative to nutmeg.
Next up… the Harpoon!