My love of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and my love of cocktails are nothing new. The Great Gatsby movie, however, is a great excuse for me to combine these two loves. Besides, if Baz Luhrmann has gone and ruined one of my favorite books, I just might need a drink! I’ve rounded up some fun 1920s cocktails and Prohibition drinks before, but here is a new batch especially inspired by the goings on in West Egg. Why not have a Gatsby party? (Only, like, without the being dead inside part, OK?)
Gin Rickey ~ Gin, lime, sugar, soda. This was supposedly Fitzgerald’s favorite drink, and it’s one of the few specifically mentioned in the book. Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom drank theirs “in long, greedy swallows.”
Mint Julep ~ At one point, Daisy just wants to find “a place to have a mint julep.” The gang gets their mint juleps, along with a high dose of tension. I suggest opting for the drink and skipping the tense argument.
Seelbach Cocktail ~ Tom and Daisy’s wedding was at the Seelbach Hotel in Kentucky. And while the book doesn’t mention it, they most certainly had a Seelbach Cocktail or three, since that was the hotel’s pride-and-joy cocktail during that era.
Champagne Cocktail ~ “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” It wouldn’t be a Gatsby party without Champagne. The classic Champagne Cocktail is just a bitters-soaked sugar cube in a glass of bubbly. But, in honor of the green light, why not sub Green Chartreuse or absinthe for the bitters.
Tuxedo No. 2 ~ This fancy Prohibition-era cocktail adds maraschino liqueur and orange bitters to a Martini. Tuxedo the drink and tuxedo the apparel are just the thing for a proper Gatsby bash.