What will happen in the final episode of Mad Men? One thing is certain: there will be drinks—lots of them. The characters' affinity for booze has remained consistent throughout all seven seasons, so the best way to bid the show farewell is to knock a few back with them. Here's what to drink when the series finale airs this Sunday night:
While Don Draper is known to reach for the Canadian Club, we think he'd wholeheartedly approve if you took this bottle off the top shelf in his honor. And so would Joan Harris: Christina Hendricks recently served as a brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker.
Make like Roger Sterling and stir up a Grey Goose martini during every commercial break. The brand's Original Classic Martini can be made in just a few minutes.
Recipe: Fill a mixing glass with ice, add ½ part Noilly Prat Original French Dry Vermouth, stir to coat ice and strain out, add 2 parts Gray Goose Vodka and 1 dash of orange bitters, stir well, strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.
Whether your favorite character requests his/her bourbon neat, on the rocks, or in a Manhattan, grab a bottle of Maker's 46 and a lowball glass, drink it the way you like it, and you'll feel like the overconfident ad execs in those very first episodes.
If gin is your spirit of choice, make classic Negroni cocktails—consumed often back in the days of Sterling Cooper—for everyone at your viewing party. The recipe is as simple as it gets.
Recipe: Pour 1 oz. each of Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari—the bright red, bittersweet Italian apéritif—and vermouth into a tumbler over ice, stir, strain into a rocks glass over ice, and garnish with an orange twist.
Sometimes Cognac is in order. Sip it like a Mad Man from a snifter, or try it in a cocktail; the brand encourages drinkers to substitute Camus in libations like a Manhattan (1 2/3 oz. Camus VSOP, 2/3 oz. sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura Bitters) or a French 75...
Recipe: Shake 1 oz. Camus VS, ¼ oz. lemon juice, and ¼ oz. simple syrup in a shaker with ice, strain into a champagne glass, and top with 4 oz. of prosecco.