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How to drink like Don Draper (and say goodbye to Mad Men) next week

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo
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It's the beginning (or middle?) of the end for Mad Men. On April 5, the second half of the final season will kick off, breaking our collective, '60s-loving hearts. To mentally prepare, we suggest touring the set-designed exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image and reading about Peggy Olson's—er, Elizabeth Moss's—thoughts on feminism. But really there's no better way to say goodbye to the AMC smash than to drink like Don Draper. Thankfully, a few of New York's best bars are obliging with some pretty stiff cocktails.  

From March 23–29, Blue Water Grill and Strip House Midtown will be shaking up specialty sips aptly priced at $19.69 for two. Spiked with both gin and vodka, the Vesper riffs on a Gibson, including a house-pickled onion and a dash of herbal lillet. The Blood Orange Sour tones down one of Don's Old Fashioneds, mixing fresh, tart blood orange juice with Canadian whiskey in a rocks glass. 

Head over to Rock Center Café for character-named drinks between 11am and 4pm from March 23–29. During this $19.69 liquid lunch, pair the Joan, a Brandy Alexander with cognac, créme de cacao, and fresh cream, with the Sterling, a dirty vodka (duh) martini. There's also the Megan, a French 75 hit with Tanqueray and prosecco, and a Don Draper, an Old Fashioned dashed with Dutch's Colonial bitters. 

If you're not quite up to Draper-level drinking and, understandably, need some sustenance to offset the booze, Gotham Bar and Grill is offering a three-course power lunch for $45. Included in the prix fixe are two martinis and classic American plates like caesar salad, steak Diane and baked Alaska. All this tippling is great, but just make sure you don't go full-on Don: At the end of your lunch hour, get back to the office—not someone else's apartment.

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