Retro-flavored cocktails for your ‘Mad Men’ viewing party
Drinking • Cocktails to spark your “Mad Men” viewing party.
Published: March 20, 2012 04:55PM
Updated: June 25, 2012 11:37PM
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Zy’s Sapphire Rose cocktail is made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, rosemary-infused simple syrup, soda water, a rosemary sprig and lime slice for garnish.

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!

Where to find it if you’re dry

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


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


1½ 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

Mad Men, Season 5

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