Frank Caruso has credited the daily vodka martini habit he picked up while working as a New York ad exec for helping him live to almost 100 (Pictures: USA Today Network)
A retired advertising executive who worked in New York during the Mad Men era says the daily vodka martini habit he picked up at work helped him live to 99.
Frank Caruso, who turns 100 on November 19, calls the stylish drink his ‘longevity medicine.’
Sharing his recipe, the former US Air Force Veteran, from White Plains in New York, said: ‘One Absolut vodka martini a day, just one, with a drop of Vermouth and no fruit.’
Frank developed a taste for the drink while working at an ad agency on New York’s glamorous Madison Avenue during the 1950s and 60s – just like the cocktail swigging Don Draper from TV hit Mad Men.
Frank picked up his vodka martini habit in the era immortalized by TV drama Mad Men, which starred Jon Hamm as suave ad executive Don Draper (Picture: AMC)
Explaining his initial reason for choosing the tipple, Frank said: ‘Madison Avenue was known for its swingers and everything else, and for a long time, everybody drank Manhattans.
‘But here’s the secret: You drink a Manhattan, you come back, they can smell you a half-a-mile away. You drink a vodka martini, they can’t tell. That’s how it became popular. That’s the truth.’
Frank also credited his happy 72 year-marriage to wife Anna, 94, for his longevity, turning to her and saying: ‘There she is. There’s the secret.’
Frank was born in Detroit in November 1920, and moved to New York’s Bronx in 1929. The son of an Italian tailor, Frank found himself serving as an artillery instrument operator in Italy during the Second World War – and even shook hands with Pope Pius XII.
Frank has also credited his happy 72 year marriage to 94 year-old wife Anna for helping him live so long (Picture: USA Today Network)
He met Anna afterwards, with the couple welcoming two children, before beginning his career in advertising, according to USA Today.
Frank also worked in commercial packaging for the American Can Company until his retirement, designing magazine adverts for products including Fanta. He is now estimated to be one of fewer than 325,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War Two who are still alive.
Frank, who has fastidiously worn a face mask since the Covid outbreak begain, says he has lived so long that he has mentally separated his life into different eras.
He said: ‘I sort of had separate different lives that I’ve lived through the years. You try to remember them in groups.’
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