(CBS News) "Mad Men" returns for its fifth season on Sunday, after an 18-month hiatus. For fans, that's reason enough to throw a party.
And many of them likely are - getting together with friends or family to welcome back Don Draper, Peggy Olson and the rest of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. (For those who don't have it marked on their calendars, the two-hour premiere begins at 9 p.m. on AMC).
AMC has a party-planning guide to help hosts prepare the perfect "Mad Men" party. The network suggests serving period-era bites like pigs in a blanket, pimento cheese spread on Ritz crackers and deviled eggs, alongside drinks like a Manhattan, Blue Hawaiian and dirty martinis. It offers tips on what to wear, playlist suggestions and a "Mad Men" trivia challenge to entertain guests. (See the full guide here.)
For more ideas, check out the recipes below, from Tabasco and Drambuie liqueur:
Joan Harris' Famous Ginger Snap
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon original Tabasco brand pepper sauce
- Crushed ice
- 1/2 cup ginger ale, chilled
- Lime peel twists for garnish
Combine pomegranate juice, white wine, lime juice, and Tabasco sauce. Place ice in two tall glasses; add juice mixture. Top with ginger ale; garnish with lime peel twists. (Serves 2)
Roger Sterling's Party Nuts
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 tablespoon Tabasco chipotle pepper sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups lightly salted cashews
- 2 cups oven-toasted rice cereal squares
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat (or microwave in large glass bowl). Stir in Tabasco sauce, chili powder and salt until combined. Stir in cashews and cereal squares until well mixed.
Spoon mixture onto large cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until mixture is toasted, stirring occasionally. (Makes 4 cups)
Don Draper's Cheater Cheese Straws
- 1/2 (17.3-ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets (1 sheet)
- 2 teaspoons original Tabasco pepper sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine Tabasco sauce, paprika and salt in small bowl.
Grease large baking sheet. On lightly floured surface, unfold pastry and roll into a 12" x 10" rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise. Brush one pastry half with Tabasco sauce mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan and cheddar cheeses. Top with remaining pastry half; press gently to seal.
Cut pastry crosswise into 24 1/2-inch wide strips. Twist strips on greased baking sheet, pressing ends down. Place 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes or until golden. (Makes 2 dozen)
Sterling, Cooper, Draper Pryce: Lobby Cookies
- 2/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons original Tabasco pepper sauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 cup chocolate chunks
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
With electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, Tabasco sauce and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add flour. Beat until blended. Stir in chocolate chunks and walnuts.
Drop tablespoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake about 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes on wire racks. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. (Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies)Betty Francis (formerly Draper)'s Baked Vesuvious
- 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
- 1 teaspoon original Tabasco pepper sauce, divided
- 4 individual sponge cake cups
- 1 pint (2 cups) ice cream
- 3 egg whites at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow creme
- 4 strawberries, cut into fans
Combine apricot preserves and 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce in small bowl. Place sponge cake cups 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Brush with apricot mixture. Place 1 scoop ice cream on each sponge cake cup. Freeze until firm.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, allspice and marshmallow creme, beating until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue evenly over ice cream and sponge cake cups, covering completely. Freeze.
To serve, heat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove meringue-covered sponge cake cups from freezer; bake for 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish each with strawberry fan and serve immediately. (Makes 4 servings)
- 1 part Drambuie
- 1 part Hudson Manhattan Rye
- 1/2 part Martini Rosso Vermouth
Combine ingredients in a mixing tin half-filled with ice. Stir until the tin is frosted. Strain into a martini glass, then add two drops of Angostura Bitters. Garnish with two maraschino cherries on a pick.
- 3 parts Drambuie
- 1 part Triple Sec
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Combine ingredients in a mixing tin half-filled with ice. Shake until the tin is frosted. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.Drambuie Stiletto
- 1 part Drambuie
- 1 part Dewar's White Label Scotch
- 1 part DiSaronno
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Combine ingredients in a mixing tin half-filled with ice. Shake until the tin is frosted and strain into a martini glass.Drambuie Stinger
- 2 parts Drambuie
- 1 part White Creme de Menthe
Combine ingredients in a mixing tin half-filled with ice and stir until the tin is frosted. Strain into a martini glass.