Pending no huge finale blunders, Mad Men will likely go down in history as one of my all-time favorite shows, right up there with The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Breaking Bad. It’s been particular interesting to me, because back when the show started in 2007, I was smack dab in the middle of what turned out to be a five-year stint in advertising before following my true passion.
Don Draper’s ad agency of 1960 was filled with drinking and smoking on the job, and afternoon naps in the office. My ad agency in 2007 was filled with crappy coffee, Excel spreadsheets, and mind-numbing conference calls. The one thing I can relate to Don Draper on? The love of a great Old Fashioned.
While I’m more likely to have one per week rather than 9 or 10 during an afternoon, the flavors of this cocktail will never go out of style in my book. While I’ve been known to make twists on the classic, I generally like to make them with a demerara sugar cube, a bit of orange peel, bourbon, orange bitters, a big ol’ ice ball and a couple Luxardo cherries if I have them.
I’d been toying around with the idea of Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail Cookies for nearly a year now, and with the Mad Men finale coming up in just a few weeks, there truly is no time like the present. I took my family’s trusted sugar cookie recipe, and flavored it with orange bitters and zested orange peel instead of nutmeg.
I used my icing knife to generously spread each cookie with cream cheese frosting spiked with bourbon. A sprinkle of powdered sugar with my dusting wand, and a little garnish of orange peel later, and I’m ready to curl up on the couch with a plate of these cookies and see how everything turns out for Don and company.
For the Cookies:
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
For the Garnish (optional):
Disclosure: OXO generously provided me with some kitchen tools and home goods at no charge. I was not otherwise compensated for writing this post, and all opinions are my own.