Although F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby ends tragically, the book is brilliant and describes a time period that was so lively and yet, decadent. The relief at the end of World War II, the rise in the status of women, the influences of Black culture, and the effects of European travel all created a revision of fashion, art, and music.
These elements make the era so compelling for weddings and parties, since it gives people a “style” to emulate. This is a great recipe to use, since it combines the drinks actually referred to in the novel, combined in a creative way, using Fitzgerald’s love of symbolism!
Recipe courtesy of Jim Meehan, managing partner, PDT, New York City, created exclusively for The Plaza
Champagne flows like water at Jay Gatsby’s mansion. For this riff on a Champagne cocktail, mixologist Jim Meehan of New York City’s PDT soaks a sugar cube in Green Chartreuse, rendering a drink whose hue symbolizes Gatsby’s obsessions: the green light visible at the end of Daisy’s dock, and Daisy herself.
1 sugar cube
¼ ounce Green Chartreuse
5 ounce Moët Imperial Champagne
Spiral lime twist, for garish
Place the sugar cube at the bottom of a chilled flute, and soak it with the Green Chartreuse. Top it with chilled Champagne, and garnish with a lime twist.
It’s the “Cats Pajamas!”