Being greeted by the dark as you leave the office for the day doesn’t exactly inspire social occasions. It just means you’re more likely to turn to your onscreen friends for nighttime entertainment. And that’s OK. To help set the scene, we’ve matched cocktails to some of our favourite series and films.

Channel your inner Don Draper or Serena van der Woodsen, and mix a little something up for a big night in.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Piña Colada
“You sound like you’re from London!” Even in the darkest depths of Melbourne winter, it’s fun to pretend you’re in Hawaii with a chilled, tropical cocktail in hand. The classic, blended piña colada is as sunny as Jason Segal in a lei.

Ingredients:
60ml Ron Zacapa 23 rum
30ml coconut cream
90ml pineapple juice
1 cup crushed ice
Approximately 2 standard drinks.

Method:
Starting with the ice, put all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined. Pour into chilled glasses.

The Godfather – The Godfather
How could we deny the original mob classic its namesake cocktail? A cousin of the Rusty Nail, The Godfather packs an offer you can’t refuse. Just two ingredients here: a dry whisky and a sweet almond liqueur.

Ingredients:
60ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky
30ml Amaretto liqueur
Approximately 2.9 standard drinks.

Method:
Add both whisky and Amaretto to a short glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

Girls – White Russian
What would the voice of her generation order (if someone else was paying)? Probably this sweet, rich and creamy cocktail that suggests an easy elegance. Hannah Horvath would happily clasp one while sharing the details of her quarter-life crisis with you.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
30ml Ketel One Vodka
20ml Kahlua
Top glass with cream
Approximately 2 standard drinks.

Method:
Fill a glass with ice. Add vodka and Kahlua and stir. Top with a large splash of cream, stir and serve.

Gossip Girl – Gin Martini
Serena van der Woodsen has to keep up appearances, so this simple, unsweetened classic would be the socialite’s cocktail of choice. Martinis come in many forms, but a gin tipple would suit this maturing palate.

Ingredients:
50ml Tanqueray No. TEN Gin
10ml dry vermouth
3 green olives
Approximately 2 standard drinks.

Method:
Stir on ice. Garnish with olives. Serve.

Mad Men – Old Fashioned
The perfect drink to compliment the jazz, drama and sad Kodak carousel wheels of 1960s New York. The Old Fashioned works well at ritzy after-work drinks, backed by a perfectly tailored suit. Just don’t follow Don’s lead, OK? There’s still work to do in the morning.

Ingredients:
60ml Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky
1 sugar cube
4–5 drops Angostura bitters
2 thin orange slices
1 glace cherry
Approximately 2 standard drinks.

Method:
Spoon sugar into an Old Fashioned glass, add bitters then stir over half glass of ice until diluted. Top with ice. Garnish with cherry and orange slices.