Gatsby-Inspired Cocktails in New York City

The Plaza HotelFor me, there’s no cocktail era more romantic than the Roaring Twenties. Since reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby as a teenager, I have been hopelessly hooked on jazz music, cocktails, and New York City. That trifecta of passions has only deepened over the years. This year, my cocktail glass literally runneth over.

Along with the publication of my book about classic cocktails and their remarkable stories, Storied Sips, there’s also Baz Luhrmann’s new film adaptation of  The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan, which opens on May 10, 2013. As if that weren’t enough, I can now embody Gatsby-esque glamour at The Plaza in New York City, sipping period cocktails and listening to live jazz. Really, I’m in heaven. Here’s how you can celebrate, as well.

The Plaza, featured in Fitzgerald’s novel as well as in the upcoming film, is home to all things Gatsby this spring. Along with a slew of Gatsby-inspired items at the boutique, and a Gatsby-themed tea in the Palm Court, there are some nighttime events that I, for one, will not be missing. From March 20 until mid-May, The Rose Club will feature a live jazz band on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. In true Prohibition style, the signature cocktail for two will be served in an engraved Plaza flask that drinkers can pocket for future discrete sipping.

The hotel’s iconic Champagne Bar will be transformed into The Moët Champagne Bar, designed to capture the glamour of Gatsby’s legendary parties. Along with flutes of Champagne, the pop-up bar will feature the first-ever Moët Champagne cocktail, crafted by star mixologist Jim Meehan, called the Moët Imperial Gatsby. I couldn’t resist getting my hands on the recipe for Storied Sips readers:

Moët Imperial Gatsby

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 dashes green Chartreuse
  • 5 ounces Moet Imperial Champagne
  • Garnish: Lemon twist

Place sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add a few dashes of Green Chartreuse. Fill remainder of glass with Champagne and garnish with lemon twist.

Enjoy, and I’ll see you at The Plaza. Just look for the girl in the flapper dress dancing wildly by the bar. Yep, that’s me.