There’s no more obvious place to start our Mad Men themed week then with a recipe for an elegant, old-school cocktail. From AM office starter cocktails to three martini lunches to afternoon happy hours and beyond; rare is the scene in Mad Men that doesn’t feature a cool cocktail in hand of the major (and minor) characters. I love the scenes where there is an almost ritualistic approach to the art of making cocktails. This period was all about style and being able entertain in your home while offering a bar with flair (and technically perfect classic cocktails) was a necessity of any hostess.
Finding the perfect recipe for our Mad Men influenced Cocktail of the Month was easy! While vodka martinis and manhattans are an obvious choice, we wanted to go with the more refined and elegant taste of a classic gin cocktail. So, we were ecstatic to check out G’Vine, a premium gin, recently introduced in the United States, that is produced in the Cognac region of France. While most Gins are made from grain, G’Vine is created from the renowned grapes of the area, the Ugni Blanc grape, and flavored with the vines flower, which produces a smoother and almost floral gin. G’Vine Gin also benefits from the knowledge of the centuries old, distillation procedures of the region. Small batches of the botanical infused gin are distilled numerous times The result is a fresh, complex gin that will add some suave style to any cocktail.
G’Vine offer two distinct gins created to echo the lifecycle of the grapevine:
G’Vine Floraison – During a small two week window in June “the vine flower blossoms to life for a few days only, before giving birth to a grape berry.” This precious period is named “Floraison” in French and the period is captured in this unique, delicately sweet gin. The floral spirits makes this gin beloved even by non gin-drinkers and will delight the gin coinsurer.
G’Vine Nouaison – The blossoming period is followed by the birth of a tiny green berry that attached itself to the stem of the vine flower. The Nouaison gin captures this period and the result is a rich and spicy gin, full of warmth and absolutely perfect for a dry martini.
We received both versions of the G’Vine Gins for our we heart this testers to review (it’s a hard life to be a wht tester). They will leave their thoughts and cocktail creations in the comments. In the meantime, we used our gin to create the perfect Mad Men inspired cocktail. We’re paying tribute to Betty Draper and her iron fist in a velvet glove/woman on the edge persona by saying “bottoms up” to the simple, retro-modern classic drink, the Tom Collins. Betty’s been known to order this drink at dinner or polish off a glass or two in her pine cupboard kitchen before the husband gets home. It packs a punch in the most understated way!
• 1 oz fresh lemon juice
• 1 tsp sugar
• 1 ½ oz of G’Vine Gin
• Lemon slices
Mix sugar, gin and juice over ice in mixing glass. Stir, strain in cocktail glass, with ice and top it off with soda water. Garnish with orange slices and a cherry.
Simple, huh? We added some early 60’s style by shaking things up in a vintage cocktail shaker and added a modern touch with G’Vines Gin. We found the Floraison added a fresh burst to this standard cocktail with a yummy floral sweetness and aroma. All you need to do now, is sit back, enjoy your cocktail and toast to Mad Men Season Three.[ratings]