Matchmaker for the 2014 Emmy’s

Playing matchmaker to Emmy nominated characters may seem like a daunting task. There are many factors to consider like age, location, time period, etc. But we love matchmaking. In fact, we have 3 really strong marriages that we take full credit for. Below are the four couples that we imagine together from the 2014 Emmy nominated characters and the cocktails they would be drinking during their encounters.

Mr. Carson (Downton Abbey) & Red (Orange is the New Black)

Mr Carson_Downton_Abbey_ Jim Carter    Red_Orange Is the New Black_Galina_Reznikov

While Mr. Carson would never, ever break a single rule, much less land in prison, he’d be shocked about the similarities he has to Russian born Red. Both have extremely strict standards and tough exteriors. However, you often see their softer sides. He is very fatherly towards Mary, while she is the Mother Hen at Litchfield Prison. Upon her release, she would find herself at Downton and introduce the Butler to a:

Moscow Mule


  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup chilled ginger beer
  • 1 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 spring mint
  • 1 slice lime

In a copper mug (or cocktail glass), pour vodka over ice. Add lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime slice.

Don Draper (Mad Men) & Virginia Johnson (Masters of Sex)

Don Draper Virginia Johnson_MastersofSex_Lizzy Caplan

This might seem obvious. Of course, Don would want to take Virginia out for drinks. He likes beautiful women and sex. She’s not only gorgeous by totally knowledgable about sexual desires. There’s also the fact that Dan marries his assistant and Virginia was an assistant when she married her boss. They would meet somewhere swanky and discreet. While everyone knows Don drinks anything, for this rendezvous they would both have:

Between The Sheets

Between The Sheets

  • 3/4 oz brandy
  • 3/4 oz light rum
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Piper (Orange is the New Black) & Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory)

Piper Orange Is The New Black  Amy Farrah Fowler Big Bang Theory Mayim Bialik

Amy is not getting her physical needs met by Sheldon and has a thing for blondes (i.e. Penny), so a blind date with Piper could be a perfect solution. Piper is attracted to smart people and in her current situation has limited options. Amy suffers from night terrors and Piper is living in a terror. Amy would will willing to visit Piper at Litchfield Prison and sneak in:

Quantum Theory Cocktails

Quantum Theory Cocktail

  • 3/4 oz Light Rum
  • 1/2 oz Chartreuse (herbal liqueur)
  • 1/4 oz Orange Liqueur
  • 2 oz Pineapple juice
  • splash of sweet and sour mix
  • Lemon peel & cherry (for garnish)

In a Shaker with ice pour rum, herbal and orange liqueur. Shake. Then add the pineapple juice. Top it off with sweet and sour mix. Pour over ice into a Collins glass and garnish with lemon and cherry.

Francis Underwood (House of Cards) & Lady Mary (Downton Abbey)

Francis Underwood_House of Cards  Lady Mary

Lady Mary has many similarities to Frank’s current wife, Claire. They are both great beauties with a calm demeanor and extreme intelligence. They both know exactly what they want out of life. So naturally, Frank would be drawn to Mary. And now that Mary is single, and Frank has a somewhat open marriage, the timing is right for these power hungry individuals to join forces. Not to mention, Frank and Mary have both been involved in someone(s) death (although Mary’s wasn’t by choice). They would have drinks in the Oval Office and sip on:

Deep Dark Secrets

Deep Dark Secrets

  • 1 1/2 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz aged rum
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz heavy cream

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

The real actors nominated will most likely be sipping Moet during the award show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine their characters slipping away together. Regardless, we will be watching and wish them all the best of luck.


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