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Friday Cocktail: Peggy's Emergency

From the "because I can" category comes this drink based on a quote from Mad Men's Peggy Olson: "You need three ingredients for a cocktail. Vodka and Mountain Dew is an emergency."

I considered the gauntlet thrown.


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  • Fresh mint
  • 1/4 ounce (8 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45 mL) Pimm's No. 1
  • 1/2 ounce (15 mL) vodka
  • Dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
  • 3 to 4 ounces (90 to 120 mL) Mountain Dew


  1. In a sturdy glass or cocktail shaker, muddle 4 mint leaves with the lemon juice.
  2. Add the Pimm's, vodka, bitters and ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with the Mountain Dew.
  5. Serve with a straw, and garnish with fresh mint.

Makes 1 cocktail

Reprinted with permission from The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from The Hearty Boys, by Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith, Agate Midway, November 2012.

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