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Monday, April 8, 2013

Mad Men cocktails at the Royal Hawaiian, at 1970s prices

Left to right: Old Fashioned, French 75, Blue Hawaii, Pina Colada. Photo courtesy of Royal Hawaiian.

You may not be able to drink whiskey at the office, but you can pretend you're Don Draper on vacation, sipping a Blue Hawaii at the Royal Hawaiian. That iconic hotel, featured in Mad Men's season premiere, is offering some classic cocktails—Blue Hawaii, Old Fashioned, Pina Colada and French 75—for just $3 for the month of April.

Fun trivia: The Blue Hawaii was actually invented in Hawaii, by Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. It's a mix of rum, pineapple juice, sweet-and-sour mix, and blue-as-Hawaii-waters Curacao.

As for the French 75, a drink of gin, Champagne, lemon and sugar, it was reportedly a favorite cocktail of King David Kalakaua.

Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian, 921-4600,

Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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