I was a little late to the Mad Men game. I watched the first two seasons as they aired, but sort of fell off around season 3. It wasn't until a coworker told me that I reminded her of Peggy Olsen that I hopped back on the Mad Men train and decided to watch again.
For those of you who don't watch Mad Men (shame on you), Peggy is the former secretary turned copywriting badass. When my coworker made her comparison, though, I was way behind in my viewing and being compared to Peggy wasn't quite a compliment. Sure, she was intelligent and capable, but she wasn't terribly self confident and she was still a little bit awkward. She hadn't yet made her transformation into the more self assured, successful copywriter she became in later seasons.
As I watched, I grew to see the similarities between Peggy and I, especially as she grew more comfortable in her abilities and in her own skin. I feel like the older I get (what's up thirties!), the less I struggle with doubt, anxiety and being comfortable in my own skin. I can't say I'm 100% there yet (are any of us, really?), but given all that I've accomplished in the last few years and all the strides I've made, I'd like to think I'm well on my way.
And speaking of transitions, like Peggy in those seasons when she was in between being a little uptight and making a name for herself in the advertising world, this Pink French 75 cocktail is caught between seasons too. It's hoping for spring with the tangy sweetness of rhubarb syrup, but not ready to let go of winter with a dash of blood orange. Though it's straddling the seasons, it's still lovely to look at and even lovelier on the palette!
To bid adieu to Mad Men, my blogging pals and I got together to throw you a Mad Men party, filled with retro recipes, classic cocktails and some nifty prizes. You can check out all the recipes and prizes below, and be sure to enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win a beautiful Pyrex dish ($30 value), a matching Alan Lee hand-crafted sapphire martini glass beautifully presented in a coordinated gift box (Retail $40) AND a $100 ModCloth gift card. (Enter after the recipe!)
Pink French 75
- 1 1/2 ounces gin (I used Hendrick's because it's what I usually drink)
- 1 ounce rhubarb syrup (I used the Kitchn's recipe because it's a winner!)
- 1/2 ounce blood orange juice
- 1/4 ounce lemon juice
- 2 ounces prosecco or champagne, chilled
- Ice cubes
- In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, rhubarb syrup, blood orange juice and lemon juice. Add ice cubes and shake to combine/chill.
- Pour into champagne flute and top with champagne or prosecco.
- Drink up & feel classy.
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- Gin Rickey from Bakeaholic Mama
- Whiskey Sour from Pass the Sushi
- Old Fashioned from Poet in the Pantry
- Mad Men Manhattan with Mushroom Pate from Creative Culinary
- Pink French 75 from Kelly Bakes
- Sazerac Cocktail from Jelly Toast Blog
- Classic Negroni from The Messy Baker
- Gimlet from Yankee Kitchen Ninja
- Vegan French Onion Dip from The Viet Vegan
- Pimento Cheese & Crackers from The Noshery
- Chicken Salad Sliders from The Lemon Bowl
- Crab Rangoon from Cooking with Jax
- Fried Green Olives Stuffed with Blue Cheese from Simply Healthy Family
- Cheesy Asparagus Spirals from Comfortably Domestic
- Easy cocktail meatballs The Realistic Nutritionist
- Crab Rangoon from Cooking With Jax