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BEST OF SUMMER EXTRAS: Throw your own Mad Men dinner party!

You’ll have t0 wait a little longer for the next season of Mad Men (some are suggesting February 2012!). But just because the show won’t be starting up again this summer doesn’t mean you can’t still hold that Season 5 party you were planning. In the Summer 2011 edition of Ottawa Magazine, writer Daniel Drolet’s “TV Dinner” column gives a step-by-step guide to throwing a 1960s dinner party that would make Betty Draper proud. Here are the recipes:

A Mad Men-inspired cocktail bar. Photography by Rémi Thériault.

Drinks:

We offered guests a choice of martini or a Manhattan, a cocktail popular in the 1960s.

Manhattans are made with two parts rye whisky to one part sweet red vermouth.

Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice, add a drop or two of Angostura bitters. Stir well to chill.

Serve in an old-fashioned glass garnished with a maraschino cherry.

Appetizers:

A. Shrimp in Ice Ring (Chatelaine Cookbook, page 44)
Nothing more than shrimps on ice, but visually it’s very arresting!

Add a few drops of blue or green food colouring to water (I used blue) and pour into a six-cup ring mould. Set in freezer overnight. Unmold by running cold water over the inverted mould. Place on a deep tray and replace in freezer until serving time. Surround the base of the mould with daisies or pale yellow chrysanthemums. Fill centre with two 12-ounce packages of frozen cleaned shrimps that have been cooked according to package directions and thoroughly chilled. Serve with tangy cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.

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