Our dear friends really know how to throw a party, and this time it was in alluring Great Gatsby style. Women in feathers, beads, and fishnets, men in suits, hats and bow ties, all gathered in a beautiful home overlooking the Santa Monica Bay. The bar featured some traditional 1920's cocktails, including a Sidecar (cointreau, bourbon, lemon juice), Mint Julep (Bourbon, simple syrup, mint), and Flapper (moonshine, chambord, sugar, lime juice, champagne) — all of which complimented the passed hors d'oeuvres and enormous cheese spread. As the throw-back band Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys played on the moonlit patio, we made our way down to the wine cellar "speak easy" where four bourbons were displayed and ready for tasting: Elijah Craig, Bulleit, Rowan's Creek, and Larceny. Dinner was served under a chandelier donned clear tent, because you have to dine under the stars like Daisy, Jay, Nick, and Jordan must have. Coffee and a decadent array of desserts topped off the evening.
“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!" — just throw a fabulous Great Gatsby party old sport!
Below find images and recipes for the Sidecar, Mint Julep, and Flapper! Photos 1,2 & 4 taken by Terence Young
SIDECAR Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz bourbon 1/2 ounce lemon juice Lemon twist for garnish Sugar for rimming (optional) Directions: Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar (optional). Pour the ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake well. Strain into a glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
MINT JULEP Ingredients: Mint leaves (about 8) 1/2oz simple syrup or 2 sugar cubes 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey Mint sprig for garnish Preparation: Combine the mint and simple syrup or sugar into a glass and muddle them until sugar is dissolved and mint aroma is apparent. Add the bourbon. Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with the mint sprig.
FLAPPER Ingredients: 1oz rum 1oz vermouth Dash of Angostura bitters 1/2 tsp sugar Directions: Pour the rum and vermouth into a glass. Add a dash of bitters. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange slices.