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Emmys Cocktail Recipes: Toast With a Drink Inspired by Your Favorite Nominee!

Emmy Cocktails

Planning an Emmys viewing party with friends this Sunday? It's one of TV's biggest nights—so we hope you'll be bringing your A game.

To help, we've got some cocktail recipes that will add a perfect on-theme twist to your TV show-related drinking games. (HBO scoops up a statuette? Drink! Neil Patrick Harris breaks into song? Drink! Someone thanks their "amazing" family? Drink!)

Basil Hayden's bourbon—which has in the past been a past sponsor of HBO's Luxury Lounge gifting suite in L.A., pouring theme-y cocktails for an A-list-only crowd—partnered with top mixologists who came up with a selection of drink ideas inspired by this year's nominees. And take note: They're tons of fun (and very potent).

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For instance, to toast Game of Thrones, Austin's Rob Pate came up with the "Kingdom Come," which uses equal parts bourbon, Cocci Americano, Campari and a quarter part ginger juice.

Chicago's Shawn Thompson came up with the "Corrupt Old Fashion" to toast Boardwalk Empire. To make it, mix up one and a half parts bourbon, two dashes of bitters, two teaspoons of Demerara sugar and a muddled Griottine cherry. Top with a splash of soda and garnish with a slice of blood orange. (Nucky would be so proud!)

Want to try a "Power Play," inspired by House of Cards? L.A.'s Joel Black created a drink that uses one and a half parts bourbon, half part lemon juice, three-quarters part simple syrup, two drops of vanilla extract and a splash of root beer.

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And then of course there's Mad Men—the show that makes every last one of us crave a drink of amber booze served in a fine cut crystal glass. In the show's honor, L.A.'s Damian Windsor came up with the "Mad-Hattan" made with two parts bourbon, three quarter part vermouth, one bar spoon Maraschino cherries and a dash of orange bitter. Garnish with an orange twist. (And just try to look as cool as Don after a couple of those babies.)

Cheers!

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