Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mad Men Season 5 Premiere Shot-tails

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The Mad Men madness continue. When I think of Mad Men, I think of drinking. So this weekend as I was dreaming up some Mad Men premiere night fun (other than cupcakes), I started thinking…“shot-tails”... mini shots of Mad Men inspired drinks done up 60s style in tiny Jell-O molds. Yes, I went there...

When I started researching Jell-O shot recipes I realized, that I was going to have to get creative. No matter how 60s-ish Jell-O seems to me, I can’t ever imagine Roger Sterling touching the stuff. I was excited to discover the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen blog and its namesake book, both of which are full of recipes for turning classic cocktails into jelled shots that actually taste like their namesake drinks instead of a hospital Jell-O cup.

I dutifully bought the book. And a Nordic bakeware tea cake mold (it's essentially a set of 30 teeny, tiny Bundt pans). Then I poured over the recipes on the train deciding to make the Old Fashioned (Don’s favorite). Alas, I wasn’t so good at reading the instructions. I bought a bitters mix instead of bitters. I forgot the club soda. Still I had my mold. I had my bourbon, I had my gelatin. I was going to do think by hook or by crook. So with a few modifications I turned out a recipe, that worked. I also worked up a recipe for a Cape Codder (aka vodka & cranberry with lime) that I think Roger would enjoy. Each of the recipes below makes about 14 mini shots, so the combo is the perfect amount for a single mini bundt pan.
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Old Fashioned Shot-tail
Adapted from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen: Jell-ing Classic Cocktails-One Drink at a Time by Michelle Palm
Makes about 14 mini shots

½ cup water
2 dashes of "The Bitter Truth" Bitters
A pinch of orange zest
2 tablespoons sugar
1 envelope Knox gelatin
½ cup bourbon

Add water, bitters, zest and sugar to a small saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves. Sprinkle envelope of gelatin and allow to soften, about 2 minutes.

Heat mixture on very low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves completely, about 5 minutes.

Spray mini bundt pan with a non-stick, neutral oil. Carefully pour to fill the wells of the pan to the rim. Refrigerate until set, at least two hours or overnight. Garnish with thin strips of orange rind, if desired.

Cape Cod-der
½ cup cranberry cocktail
Juice from one lime
1 ½ envelopes Knox gelatin
½ cup vodka

Add cranberry juice, and lime to a small saucepan. Sprinkle envelope of gelatin and allow to soften, about 2 minutes.

Heat mixture on very low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves completely, about 5 minutes.

Spray mini bundt pan with a non-stick, neutral oil. Carefully pour to fill the wells of the pan to the rim. Refrigerate until set, at least two hours or overnight. Garnish with thin strips of lime rind, if desired.

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If you don't want to invest in a teeny, tiny bundt pan, Michelle Palm's book has a ton of tips for using regular baking pans and cookie cutters to achieve gorgeous looking results. Not to mention recipes for a ton of other cocktails appropriate to the era. We're talking Tom Collins, Gimlets, Grasshoppers, Manhattans, and Pink Squirrels among others. It's definitely a book I can see breaking out for special occasions like, ahem, a certain upcoming birthday. Sophisticated with a touch of whimsy, these shots will be a welcome addition to any party.*

To accompany your shots, here's a little Mad Men Drinking Game.

Take a shot if...
-Roger mentions Lucky Strikes
-Lane Pryce says something British that no one else finds funny
-Betty says something therapy-inducing to Sally
-Don has a drink
-Someone makes a sexist remark to Peggy
-Joan is still pregnant

Take two shots if...
-Baby Gene is mentioned
-Burt Cooper appears
-Pete calls Trudy for advice

Take three shots if...
-Peggy and Pete discuss their child
-Don and Betty get back together

Please remember to enjoy responsibly! The drinking game was created for fun and is not intended as a recommendation for how many jelled shots to kick back in an evening. Please do add you own drinking game suggestions in the comments! Enjoy!

*In the interest of full disclosure, after I bought the book I discovered that it was edited by our editor at Running Press. What can I say? She has great taste!

1 comment:

Elspeth Velten said...

um these are gorgeous.