I am about seven years late to the party, but I have become enamored with Mad Men. It took me a few episodes to become committed, but right around Betty Draper’s tenth vodka gimlet, I fell in love with the perfectly tailored gray suits, curve hugging dresses and thinly veiled alcoholic rants.
The characters are all so fierce and confident, despite their obvious downfalls and character flaws. My television practically oozes glamour every time I fire up Netflix and choose my next episode. Since I tend to watch entire seasons of one show at a time on Netflix, I have been living in 60’s Manhattan for the past week. After endless hours of watching Peggy sip Canadian Club with the boys and Betty mix up an array of classy, fruit-clad cocktails, my three dollar bottle of wine just seems inadequate. The female characters of Mad Men are fierce, right down to the drink in their hands and I want that. I love being Mommy and working from my couch in my favorite pair of jeans, but every now and then, I want to be fancy. I want to pay attention to what my hair looks like and wear heels without abandoning them after twenty minutes for my favorite pair of foam flip-flops. I want to party until the wee hours of the morning and wake up on a couch in my office with hair that is still perfectly styled because I have used an entire can of Aquanet and a hundred bobby pins to set it. And I want to be holding a fancy drink in my hand.
I don’t live in Manhattan, or in the 60’s; I live in Maine. We’re extremely good at crafting beer and mixing Allen’s coffee brandy with milk, but concocting fancy cocktails is not always high on our list of priorities. Today it’s on mine, and since apple season is just beginning in Maine, I am playing with apple cider. I may want some Manhattan style, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a taste of Maine too.
- 6 cups apple cider
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 ounces Canadian Club
- 1 ounce vanilla vodka
- Caramel sauce
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- In a pitcher, combine cider, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Stir and set aside. If you are not a huge fan of cardamom, cut the amount in half. It is pretty strong if you aren't a fan.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine ice Canadian Club, vanilla vodka and 1½ cups of the cider mixture. Shake and set aside
- Mix together the granulated and brown sugar on a shallow plate. Dip the top of a tall glass in the caramel sauce and then in the sugar mixture. Pour the drink from the shaker into the rimmed glass and garnish with an apple slice.