Planning the drink menu for a “Mad Men” party was once a simple endeavor. The first season of the show, set in 1960, landed squarely in the golden age of cocktail culture. It was a time when members of the Rat Pack were seldom seen without a dry Manhattan. Accordingly, gin martinis and the like were favorites at these mid-century-themed house parties celebrating Don Draper.
But what to serve for a party set around the much-anticipated debut of “Mad Men” season 6, premiering on AMC this Sunday? The new season, set in 1968, takes place at a time when cocktail culture was in a precarious slide as a new generation began rebelling against their parents’ beverages of choice.