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11 TV Show-Inspired Cocktails

Over 30 Rocks

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153 calories, 2 grams sugar

We could picture both Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy with this cocktail in hand. Well, Jack would have it in hand, Liz would probably have it on her shirt!


2 ounces Ron Abuelo Añejo

Juice from 1/2 a lime

1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur

1 teaspoon grapefruit juice

1 maraschino cherry, for garnish


Shake first four ingredients with ice, then strain over crushed ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with cherry.

Kimmel & Juice

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180 calories

Ever wonder how Jimmy Kimmel gets his guests to loosen up? They may be sipping this tasty twist on the classic rum swizzle in the green room!


2 ounces Inniskillin Riesling Icewine

1 ounce aged rum

3/4 ounce pineapple juice

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Angostura Bitters


Combine first four ingredients in a highball or rocks glass. Fill with crushed or cracked ice, and top with a float of Angostura Bitters.

The Desperate Housewife

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221 calories, 2 grams sugar

We’ve watched the ladies of Wisteria Lane sip their fair share of cocktails over the last eight years. Toast their final season farewell with the Desperate Housewife, complete with their signature Granny Smith apple.


1 ounce lemon juice

1 Granny Smith apple

12 fresh basil leaves

Fresh ginger

2 ounces Molinari Sambuca Extra

1 1/2 ounces sparkling water


Mash first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add Molinari Extra and shake well with crushed ice. Filter twice, pour into a margarita glass, and top with sparkling water.

Blue Magic

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189 Calories, 9.5 grams sugar

Nope, it doesn’t involve Walter White’s meth, but this cocktail created by Jonathan Harris, bar manager at Firefly Restaurant in Washington, D.C., will have you intoxicated whether you watch Breaking Bad or not!


1 1/2 parts Beefeater Gin

1/2 part Wray & Nephew Rum

1/2 part Senior Blue Curacao

1/2 part lime juice

Tonic water

1 spoon Pernod Absinthe

Lime slice, for garnish

Nutmeg, for garnish


Shake first four ingredients and pour into a Collins glass. Fill with crushed ice and top with tonic. Float absinthe over top. Garnish with lime slice and grated nutmeg.

Seven Kingdoms

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285 Calories, 12.5 grams sugar

Serve up mixologist Summer Bell’s Game of Thrones-inspired cocktail in a chalice for an extra dose of medieval inspiration.


1 1/2 parts Plymouth Gin

1/2 part blueberry purée

1/4 part tarragon infused honey

1 part lime juice

1/4 part Absinthe

Soda water

Lime slice, for garnish

Tarragon, for garnish


For the honey: Simmer two cups honey with two cups water. Remove from heat and add a bunch of fresh tarragon while honey syrup is hot. Let steep for two hours, then strain out solids.

For the drink: Shake first five ingredients and strain over ice in a tall Collins glass. Top with a little soda water, and garnish with a lime wheel pierced with a piece of fresh tarragon.

Boardwalk Thief

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330 Calories, 5 grams sugar

Take a gamble on this Boardwalk Empire-inspired cocktail created by Mark Macminn, mixologist at Kask in Portland, Oregon.


2 parts Plymouth Gin

1/2 part Fernet Branca

1/2 part ginger syrup

3/4 part lime juice

Muddled basil

Soda water

Lime wheel, for garnish


Shake first five ingredients and pour into a Collins glass. Top with soda water and garnish with lime wheel.

Bloody Horror

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85 calories, 5 grams sugar

Whip up this creepy-looking concoction next time you and your friends sit down to an episode of American Horror Story.


3/4 ounce Van Gogh PB&J Vodka

1/2 ounce Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka

1/2 ounce cranberry juice


Shake ingredients well with ice and strain into shot glass.

The Razorcrac

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150 Calories

The bitter cherry finish of this drink from Swift’s Attic in Austin, Texas, reminds us of the sweet yet blunt Hannah on HBO’s Girls.


1/8 ounce Absinthe

Sugar cube

3 to 4 dashes Peychaud Bitters

2 ounces Chopin Rye Vodka

1 1/2 ounces Punt e Mes


Rinse a straight-side Collins glass with absinthe. Moisten sugar cube under running water, then muddle well with the Peychaud’s bitters in a mixing glass. Pour in rye vodka and Punt e Mes, and stir to further dissolve sugar. Churn everything with a bar spoon, then pour into the prepared glass.

Deli Juice

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198 calories

This drink, from Mezze in Los Angeles, is almost as quirky as Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on New Girl.


1 slice smashed Serrano pepper

4 slices celery

2 dill leaves

5 slices pickled cucumber

1/2 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

1 3/4 ounces gin

1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1/3 ounce simple syrup

Soda water

Pickle spear, for garnish


Put first eight ingredients into a cocktail tin and shake aggressively five times. Pour contents into a highball glass (do not strain). Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with pickle spear.

The Draper

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310 calories

We recommend trying this modern take on Don Draper’s favorite cocktail, the old fashioned, while watching Mad Men—not in the office.


1 1/2 ounces Inniskillin Vidal Icewine

1 1/2 ounces Scotch Whisky

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Orange twist, for garnish


Combine first three ingredients in a rocks glass with ice and stir to chill. Garnish with orange twist.

The Crawley Classic

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120 Calories

This British-inspired cocktail created by Nick Van Tiel, US Brand Ambassador for Plymouth and Beefeater Gins, is sure to put you in the mood for an episode or two of Downtown Abbey.


1 part Plymouth gin

1/2 part Plymouth Sloe gin

1/2 part fresh grapefruit juice

1/2 part fresh lemon juice

1/2 part turbinado sugar syrup

Soda or seltzer water

Hiram Walker black raspberry liqueur

3 blackberries, for garnish


Shake and strain first five ingredients into a long Sling glass over fresh ice. Top with a little cracked ice, and add a splash of soda and a drizzle of raspberry liqueur. Garnish with blackberries.


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