Megan Draper’s Orange Sherbet

by Jennifer on April 5, 2013

in Ice Cream, Mad Men Desserts, TV Themed Desserts

Mad Men Orange Sherbet by Not Your Momma's Cookie

So, I don’t really like Megan Draper.


It’s not that I dislike her, but she pales in comparison to the other female characters on the show that I find much more interesting (Peggy, Joan, even evil Betty). She’s kind of boring, despite some redeeming moments like her sexy/uncomfortable “Zou Bisou Bisou” routine.

But, enter good, ‘ol Howard Johnson and we get a new, spunkier Megan.

Don insists that Megan try the famous HoJo orange sherbet. She’s like, “Yucko, no thanks.” To which he replies:


“If you don’t eat your orange sherbet, I will whip you with my creepily realistic back scratcher.”

Ok, that didn’t happen. But, wouldn’t it have been great?

Anyway, she tries the sherbet, doesn’t like it, and asks for something else. Don thinks this an unforgivable sin and gets grumpy. So she starts downing the sherbet like it’s her job.


Don doesn’t like that either. Seriously, Don, WHAT DO YOU WANT!?

Even though Megan doesn’t like orange sherbet, it is actually a pretty tasty treat when it’s not the color of a traffic cone. Plus, no ice cream machine required! It’s not really as smooth as ice cream this way, but it is quite yummy! Be sure to add some “Just Taste It” Cool Whip!

Megan Draper’s Orange Sherbet
Recipe type: Ice Cream
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 cups orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, finely grated
  • ½ cup orange segments, finely chopped
  1. Put orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, and salt into a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, reduced heat, and continue simmering for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in cream, orange zest, and orange segments. Pour mixture into a 9×13 pan (or a roasting pan) and cover. Put in freezer until frozen.
  3. Break up the pieces and puree in a blender or food processor. Refreeze.


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1 Amy April 5, 2013 at 11:15 am

So excited for the season 6 premier but sad that it will all be over next year :( . I hear there’s some weird stuff that happens in the first episode!


2 Jennifer April 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Weird stuff? I’m intrigued!


3 Carrie's Creations April 5, 2013 at 11:25 am



4 Jennifer April 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Thanks, Carrie!


5 Janine - April 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I gotta agree with your about Megan Draper’s boring character… but she is super adorable with that gap in her teeth!


6 Jennifer April 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Totally agree, Janine! :)


7 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me April 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I loved this episode and it gave me a good laugh to read through your post :) I definitely liked Megan more after this episode!


8 Jennifer April 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Thanks, Michelle!


9 Christine April 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Phew, I was so afraid the recipe was going to call for Cool Whip! Going to try this within the week, both orange and lemon. Do you think it is as simple as swapping out the juices, and perhaps adjusting the sugar? Mmmm grapefruit, lime… High hopes for this!


10 Jennifer April 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I would add additional sugar for lemon, but it should work too! :)


11 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings April 5, 2013 at 1:37 pm

love this post– and that scene :)


12 Jennifer April 5, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Haha, thanks! :)


13 Sue {munchkin munchies} April 5, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I have never watched Mad Men, but I have been an orange sherbet fan since I was a child:) YUMMO!


14 Jennifer April 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

Yay for orange sherbet! :)


15 The Partiologist April 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

Wow, Jennifer – it sounds like I could even make this! Never watched the show, but I know I would love her orange sherbet!


16 Jennifer April 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

Oh, it is such a good show! The premiere is tonight and I’m crazy excited :)


17 Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen April 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Love how easy this recipe is my boyfriend would LOVE this!!


18 Jennifer April 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

Thanks, Elizabeth! Hope it is a hit :)


19 marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings April 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm

oh my gosh I was cracking up so much at that back scratcher part haha. and it does look yummy


20 Jennifer April 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I couldn’t help myself once I saw the screen shot ;)


21 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Oh, I can just taste this. It has to be so refreshing with the orange!


22 Jennifer April 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Thanks, Erin!


23 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel April 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Eeeeek. This is perfect for summertime! So refreshing and light. The texture looks so familiar to one of this “Merlino’s freeze” we have here in Sacramento. It’s like a sherbet texture, but kind of like shaved ice, but not quite as coarse, but not quite as smooth, either. So hard to explain but SO good. I’m totally making this :)


24 Jennifer April 10, 2013 at 8:27 am

Yes, the texture sounds just like that! Not as silky smooth as sorbet, but smoother than a course ice treat. :)


25 Laura Dembowski April 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I haven’t had sherbet in forever. It used to be my favorite treat from the ice cream shop after going to the doctor. I’ll have to make this. It sounds easy and yummy!


26 Jennifer April 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

Thanks, Laura!


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