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Happy Happy Hour: Old Fashioneds & Pigs in a Blanket

As another “juicy” season of Mad Men comes to a close, (in my opinion, Megan was the breakout character of the season!) I am even more excited for the season finale of another show that has had us hooked: the Pitch! Not only has watching the goings on and behind the scenes in advertising been total “juice”, but our friend Amanda will be appearing in the final episode as the agency she works for (Bandujo) competes with another agency to win a major account!

What could be a more perfect pairing for all of this high drama ad agency TV watching than Don Draper’s cocktail of choice- the Old Fashioned? It’s a classic 60’s cocktail that didn’t quite re-surge like the martini did, but after trying the whisky sour and loving it, I thought we should give it a try.

Old Fashioneds
As it turns out, I'm a fan of lots of 60's inspired drinks!

Old Fashioned Recipe
(makes 1) Adapted from www.drinksmixer.com

2 oz bourbon whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 TBSP water
1 tsp sugar
1 maraschino cherry (I found an”all natural” brand in Whole Foods)
1 generous orange slice

Mix sugar, water and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or a wooden spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir well. Top with cherry and orange slice. For a less potent but still delish version, squeeze the remainder of the orange into your glass and mix. As always, the fresh juice make it so yum!

muddling
The muddling was my fave part!

Ahh the 60’s… Preservatives were welcomed and even celebrated (Mad Men Cool Whip episode). When thinking about a pairing for Don Draper’s fave cocktail, Pigs in a Blanket immediately came to mind. KF happens to be an expert at making them and even though day to day we cook a as organic as possible, he does not mess around in the organic realm with the ingredients for these.

Cooked Weenie Juiciness
The difference in making these fresh? The juiciness!

KF’s Pigs in a Blanket (or “Weenies” as they are affectionately referred to)
One package of “Best” or “Nathan’s” beef franks
Two containers of Pilsbury crescent rolls
Optional: Mustard, American Cheese  slices (I think they are best as is!)

Un- wrap one full panel of a crescent roll dough and form hot dog roll up, pinching ends together. (If using cheese, layer cheese between dough and hot dog). Cut into bite sized pieces. (I find the irregular sizes to be extra charming!)

Bake in oven at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes (edges will start to turn golden) then turn over and bake for about 5 minutes more. Serve warm!

Make a "Hot Dog Roll Up", then cut
Make a "Hot Dog Roll Up", then cut
Weenie in oven
Golden and delicious! The perfect snack for Sunday night!
The Old Fashioned is good but the Martini is still my fave
The Old Fashioned is good but the Martini is still my fave! -Spot Fiori

This recipe really couldn’t be more simple and our personal “tried and true theory”? As many as you put out will be eaten! So weather you are making Old Fashioneds, Whisky Sours or Martinis, don’t forget to tune in to see all the TV “juice” this Sunday! Cheers to Megan Draper! Cheers to Amanda and Bandujo‘s TV debut… We are rooting for you!  Xo Dani

Amanda (at center) with Jose Bandujo, Bob Brothers and Reyoske Matsumoto looking fab and focused during filming of The Pitch. Photo: David M. Russell/AMC

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DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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