"Boardwalk Empire" is the high-drama, character-driven series from HBO, and it harkens back to a time when men were men and a good hustle could get you by just about anybody or anything. It was also a pretty boozy time despite it being prohibition. It’s all the class and social nicety of "Mad Men" with a few more fistfights and a lot more illegality.
As Americans sipped secretly, cocktails of Prohibition era were born in London’s Café Royal. Tequila drinks like the Matador were unusually popular at this establishment, and as the leader of "The World’s Playground," Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi epitomizes this drink.
1 oz. Maestro DOBEL tequila
1 oz. orange curacao
1 oz. dry vermouth
Combine Maestro DOBEL tequila, orange curacao and vermouth with ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
An early example of a classic margarita, the Bertha cocktail was named for Doña Bertha, the proprietor of Bartita’s Bar in Taxco, Mexico. This cocktail has a fighting spirit, and can hold its own among the most "powerful," much like Kelly Macdonald’s character, Margaret Schroeder.
2 oz Maestro DOBEL tequila
1 egg white
1 oz honey
1/2 oz lime juice
Combine 2 ounces of Maestro DOBEL tequila with 1 ounce of honey and 1 ounce of lime juice. Blend in 1 egg white with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Fill with club soda and garnish with lime wedge.
Forming deadly alliances and putting his former "boss" in danger, the 1940′s-era cocktail "El Diablo" is a perfect match for James "Jimmy" Darmody, played by Michael Pitt.
1 1/2 oz 1800 Silver Tequila
1/2 oz Creme de Cassis
1 lime wedge
Combine 1800 Tequila and crème de cassis with ice; shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Fill with ginger beer, and garnish with a lime.
Nucky’s girlfriend Lucy, played by Paz de la Huerta, is a former actress who gave up her life on the stage in return for Nucky’s promises of the finer things in life. Legend has it that the "White Lady" was first invented in 1919 as a tribute to the actress Mata Hari, and is a frothy, tart sucker punch of a drink. This updated version is perfect for the quick tempered and passionate, modern day Lucy.
2 ounces Three Olives "Naked" vodka
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce Cointreau
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.