Thank goodness Mad Men returns for its sixth season this Sunday; any longer, and I might have taken up a three-martini lunch habit. I am giddy at the return of retro style and classic cocktails. Even as it evolves, the 1960s-set show always shines a compelling lens on American cocktail culture. Celebrate the return of this tribute to classic libations by mixing up a drink (or three) featured on the show.
Roger Sterling hasn't stopped knocking back martinis at lunch. The classic dry version uses vodka or gin, dry vermouth, and olives.
This sweet and sour gin cocktail  is perfect for Summer parties — so perfect that Don teaches his 6-year-old how to make it for guests.
A milky mix of brandy, cream, and crème de cacao, the Brandy Alexander  helps Peggy through an unsuccessful date in one episode. Watch this instructional video  to see how it's done.
Don Draper is a brown-liquor man who is known to order old fashioned cocktails , made with whiskey, bitters, and a touch of sugar.
Campari With a Twist
Now-departed art director Salvatore is partial toward Campari, a classic Italian aperitif. He orders his with a twist, rather than in a negroni cocktail .
Betty Francis has been known to sip gimlets , a classic cocktail made with gin and Rose's lime juice, served up.
In season one, Don has drinks with a client named Rachel Menken, who boldly orders a mai tai  in a dimly lit lounge. This tiki drink is made with dark rum and orgeat syrup.
Sambuca Con Mosca
In a pivotal scene in season one, Salvatore explains that sambuca con mosca — Italian anise liqueur  with espresso beans — translates to sambuca "with flies."
The Bloody Mary  isn't just Peggy's drink of choice; it was also Don and Betty's choice libation to relax with on Sunday afternoons. Spice it up with hot sauces or with the addition of black pepper and horseradish , as pictured.