The Mad Men series just wrapped up and Mad Men mania has befallen the nation once more. For those of you who are fans, you must be shedding tears. If you are one of the few that hasn't even seen an episode, it's never too late to begin watching the fedora wearing, cigarette smoking, whiskey drinking, end of an era. Long after Mad Men dies, the drinks it inspired, and reintroduced, will live on…. in our hearts, and our livers. Below is The Mr. Collection dossier on the Mad Men Inspired Drinks. Our advice to you is to pop on your best suit (avec pocket square), stock the bar and enjoy.

The Don Draper – On The Rocks

Whatever you may think of Don Draper – fraud, philanderer, legend – there’s no doubting his charm.  He’s a smooth character, equally able to charm his way into the heads of his peers, the bank accounts of his clients and the, ahem, perhaps, hearts of the ladies.   He may not be known for his fidelity, but his loyalty to his favorite drink – Canadian Club, dry, straight up or on the rocks – is without question.

The Don Draper – On The Rocks

For those of you looking to channel a little bit of Don into your lives, make sure there’s plenty of whiskey or bourbon in the bar.   It’s a thinking man’s drink – it was an Ernest Hemingway favorite – dark and brooding.   Keep your attitude low key and you’ll do the drink, and Don, proud.

The Roger Sterling – The Gin Martini – Shaken or Stirred

Once Don’s boss, now his equal, Roger Sterling is the consummate nice guy.  He’s loved by one and all, despite being completely inappropriate.  Where Don is brooding and introspective, Roger is outgoing and goofy.  Don may be Batman, but Roger is certainly not Robin.  For starters, neither of these guys would be caught dead in a cape.   So while Roger does and will enjoy a whiskey with Don, his Mad Men Inspired Drink is a Gin Martini and, unlike James Bond, Roger doesn’t care how it comes.

The Roger Sterling – The Gin Martini – Shaken or Stirred

Recipe for the perfect Gin Martini (makes one glass)

2 ounces dry gin

1 ounce dry vermouth

Ice, and olives for garnish

Place glass in freezer to chill.  Combine the gin and vermouth in a shaker, fill halfway with ice, stir well until drinks are chilled and then strain into the chilled glass.  Garnish with olives.

The Pete Campbell – The Manhattan

Born of old money, with impeccable connections, Pete Campbell is Mad Men’s link to the Good Ol’ Party.  Conservative yet also progressive, he’s a complex character, full of inner turmoil.  You can always rely on Pete to put you down.  Defined as a “smug bastard”, he’s full of country club peacocking.  New York born and bred, he’s a Manhattan boy, so it’s no surprise that the Pete Campbell inspired cocktail is The Manhattan.

The Pete Campbell – The Manhattan

Recipe for the quintessential Manhattan (makes one drink)


2 parts whiskey

1 part sweet vermouth

1-2 dashes bitters e.g. Angostura

Orange Peel

Maraschino Cherries

Place ice in a cocktail shaker. Add the whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Rub the orange peel around the rim of the cocktail glass. Strain the drink into the glass. Add 1 to 2 Real Maraschino Cherries and serve.