Cocktails inspirés de ma vie quotidienne

Heineken and Rumaki

Sometimes you don’t feel like preparing a cocktail. Sometimes you just feel like having a beer. The past few episodes of MAD MEN have not given me much content to work with, in terms of mixology.  Season six would definitely be inspiring if I blogged about drugs instead of cocktails.

For this week’s viewing, I decided to go back in time again. In the season 2 episode, A Night to Remember, Betty hosts as dinner party for some of Don’s colleagues. Betty is the perfect hostess, and for the occasion she has chosen to prepare a menu that will take her guests on a trip around the world. Several items with their country of origin are mentioned.

I chose Heineken and Rumaki, which represent Holland and Japan respectively.  I have doubts about the japanese origins of the Rumaki, but I have seen this recipe in the The Unofficial MAD MEN Cookbook, and I have been very curious about it.  It sounded so strange…I thought that tonight was the time to try it.

Parfois on n’a pas le goût de préparer un cocktail.  Parfois on a juste envie d’une bière. Les derniers épisodes de MAD MEN ne m’ont pas donné beaucoup de contenu à travailler en terme de mixologie. La saison six serait très inspirante si je blogguais sur les drogues et non pas sur les cocktails.  

Pour le visionnement de ce soir, j’ai décidé de retourner dans le passé une fois de plus.  Dans l’épisode de la saison 2, A Night to Remember, Betty reçois des collègues de Don à souper.  Betty est l’hôtesse parfaite et pour cette occasion, elle a décidé de préparer un menu qui amènera ses invités dans un voyage autour du monde. Plusieurs items ainsi que leur pays d’origine sont mentionnés.

J’ai choisi la Heineken de la Hollande et le Rumaki du Japon.  Je doute toutefois des origines japonaises du Rumaki, mais j’ai lu cette recette dans The Unofficial MAD MEN Cookbook et cela m’a rendue très curieuse.  Quelle recette bizarre…J’ai pensé que ce soir était le temps venu de l’essayer.


Betty enjoying food and conversation.


Rumaki adapted from The unofficial MAD MEN Cookbook

6 chicken livers cut into 1 inch pieces

1 can of sliced water chestnuts

9 bacon slices

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

scallions cut into 1 inch pieces


This is definitely not sushi.

I always loved Betty’s wardrobe. The dress she wears for her International Dinner Party is one of my favourite dresses that she has worn. If I could find similar fabric, I would sew myself a dress like that.

For now, I decided to make a napkin with a few items I had in the house.

J’ai toujours aimé la garde-robe de Betty.  La robe qu’elle porte lors de ce souper international est l’une de mes favorites.  Si je trouvais du tissus semblable, je me ferais une robe comme cela.  

Pour l’instant, j’ai décidé de me faire une serviette de table avec des items que j’avais chez moi.


An old napkin and some paint.

betty on the bed

The day after the International Dinner Party.

dina moe betty

The day after,  as illustrated by Dyna Moe.


My Rumakis turned out to be very tasty!

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