The final episode of “Mad Men” airs this Sunday, but we suspect it will leave plenty of unanswered questions to ponder over Old Fashioneds for years to come.
Series creator Matthew Weiner spent an afternoon doing just that with us at Metro last month when he served as guest editor. On hand to mix (m)ad man Don Draper’s drink of choice was John McCarthy, cocktail director at the Financial District’s Cedar Local bar.
“I don’t know if the show is responsible for this, but I love the cocktail culture,” said Weiner as he watched McCarthy mixing the first round of Old Fashioneds in Metro’s conference room. “But I am irritated by how long it takes to get a drink now.
“I’ve started even going in a more Don direction: Just give it to me on the rocks. ‘Cause I don’t have time for you to light that thing on fire!”
Weiner himself shares Draper’s preference for the Old Fashioned, but there’s more to the reason why it’s the character’s favorite cocktail.
“I felt that the martini was a cliche,” he explained, “and I liked what it said: I like that [Don] was old fashioned. And I like, too, that it has fruit in it; it’s the most manly womanly drink there is.”