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Retro-flavored cocktails for your 'Mad Men' viewing party

Published March 20, 2012 4:55 pm

Drinking • Cocktails to spark your "Mad Men" viewing party.
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After 17 months away, the men and women of the American Movie Channel's "Mad Men" return Sunday, March 25, for another season. (Can you believe it's No. 5?)

For the "Mad Men"-uninitiated, AMC describes its hit series as: "Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative drama 'Mad Men' follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell."

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency employees often imbibe on cocktails of the time: old-fashioneds, Moscow mules and Manhattans, to name a few.

To inspire your own "Mad Men" season premiere party, The Tribune asked Pallet and Zy restaurants, both in Salt Lake City, and Vuda Bar at Vuz Restaurant in Draper, to craft cocktails for the occasion. (Recipes follow at the end of this story.) Cheers!

lneilson@sltrib.com

Mad Men, Season 5

When • on AMC at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25

If you go

Pallet • 237 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City; 801-935-4431. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.

Vuda Bar at Vuz • 12234 S. Draper Gate Drive, Draper; 801-617-8600. Open Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Zy • 268 S. State St., Salt Lake City; 801-779-4730. Open Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday to Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. —

Pallet's West Side

1½ ounces simple syrup

2 cucumber slices

5 fresh mint leaves

½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Ice

1¾ ounces Hendrick's Gin

1 fresh mint leaf for garnish

1 cucumber slice for garnish

In a pint glass, add the simple syrup, cucumber slices, mint leaves and lime juice. Add ice and mash the ice into the ingredients with a muddler. Add the gin, shake and strain over an ice-filled rocks (short) glass. Garnish with a mint leaf and a cucumber slice.

Makes • 1 cocktail

Source • Pallet restaurant —

Gentleman's Manhattan

Ice

1.5 ounces Jack Daniel's whiskey

Dash sweet vermouth

Dash Angostura bitters

1 maraschino cherry

Fill a rocks (short) glass with ice. Pour the whiskey, vermouth and bitters over the ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Makes • 1 cocktail

Source • Vuda Bar and Vuz Restaurant

Pallet's West Side

1.5 ounces simple syrup

2 cucumber slices

5 fresh mint leaves

0.5 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Ice

1.75 ounces Hendrick's Gin

1 fresh mint leaf for garnish

1 cucumber slice for garnish

In a pint glass, add the simple syrup, cucumber slices, mint leaves and lime juice. Add ice and mash the ice into the ingredients with a muddler. Add the gin, shake and strain over an ice-filled Collins' (tall) glass. Garnish with 1 mint leaf and 1 cucumber slice.

Makes • 1 cocktail

Source • Pallet restaurant

Zy's Sapphire Rose

Rosemary-infused simple syrup

Granulated sugar

Water

3 large rosemary sprigs

Drink

Ice

1.5 ounces Bombay Sapphire Gin

1 ounce rosemary-infused simple syrup

Soda water

Rosemary sprig for garnish

Lime slice for garnish

In a saucepan over high heat, add equal parts sugar and water and the 3 large rosemary sprigs. Bring to boil and cook until the sugar dissolves. Strain, chill and use.

To make the drink, fill a rocks (short) glass with ice. Pour in the gin, simple syrup and fill to the top with soda water. Garnish with rosemary and lime.

Makes • 1 cocktail

Source • Zy restaurant —

Mad Men, Season 5

When • on AMC at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25