Title: Partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce
Total Drinks This Season: 33
His Usual: Vodka (Smirnoff or Stoli) neat
Most Creative Drink: Gibson Martini
Drinking Buddies: Don Draper, “Joanie,” himself
Drunkest Moment: An all-martini lunch with Don in Episode 6
Best Bon Mot: “Have a drink,” he tells Joan. “It’ll make me look younger.” (Episode 5)
Although the rest of the office prefers brown liquor, Roger almost exclusively drinks vodka—whether neat, on the rocks, or in a half-dozen martinis. In Episode 2, Roger has to lie down and swig Maalox after a boozy lunch with an executive from Ponds cold cream. He drinks a Gibson martini at a bar near Keens Steakhouse to “fortify” himself in Episode 7 and has another Gibson at his favorite diner with his favorite redhead, Joan. He drinks before, during, and after the Clio Awards. And we’re treated to a flashback of a younger Roger and Don in Episode 5, which shows their deep-rooted love of James Bond’s favorite cocktail. “Let me buy you lunch,” Don says after plying him with martinis. “I’m stuffed,” Roger replies. “I had a jar of olives.” Roger’s weakness for the clear stuff transformed Don, the fur salesman into Don Draper, creative director.