Drink To The Emmys In 'Mad Men' Style

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A scene from Derek Brown's cocktail class. Jim Webb

Bartender Derek Brown suggests bitters to enliven your cocktails.  "Whenever you taste bitters, there's this visceral reaction [that] sends a signal directly to your brain: 'These are going to kill you -- or these could be fun,'" he says. Jim Webb hide caption

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If you're going to be watching the Emmy Awards ceremony tonight, you might want to think of a nice drink to go along with it.

"Mad Men is probably up for an Emmy, so let's go with the old fashioned," bartender Derek Brown suggests.

"Take a thin lemon peel with no pith." He suggests being very careful with a vegetable peeler to do this. Then "drop in the bottom of rocks glass, 1/4 to 1/2 ounce simple syrup," he continues, "dashes of bitters of choice — fudge bitters perhaps – two ounces rye whiskey, add ice, stir until you get [the] dilution you want. Delicious. It'll make you feel like Don Draper — on a good day!" He laughs.

If that's not quite your drink, however, here's another suggestion: an Angostura sour.

Angostura Sour

1-1/2 ounces Angostura bitters

1 ounce simple syrup

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

1 egg white

Dry-shake the egg white with the lime juice. Add the bitters and syrup, then ice and shake. Strain into a glass.



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