Get in the Great Gatsby spirit with Prohibition-Era inspired cocktails

The Great Gatsby style is hot, thanks to Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation. Join in with your own speakeasy style with a decadent affair. Photo: The Plaza Hotel, New York City

LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2013 — It is rare that the release of an upcoming film fills me with excitement. But when that film inspires the food community across the nation to celebrate an era, a style and wave of joie de vie, I’m definitely up for some cinematic action.

And if director Baz Luhrmann’s previous period piece “Moulin Rouge” is any indication, “The Great Gatsby” will be a feast for the senses with food and drink every viewer will soon be clamoring to recreate.


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Luhrmann’s film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” opens May 10, but celebrations of its champagne-soaked era have already begun. If you would like to recreate the classic mood at home, here are a few recommended sips and nibbles.

Gin — and lots of it — will definitely set the tone. Champagne and claret are fermented beverages celebrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book and are libations perfect for any party of any theme.

A bit of moonshine would certainly not be out of line and this dangerous drink will give your guests that sense of living on the edge. Or perhaps try a bourbon cocktail like the North & South Bourbon Limonata

For food, an elegant yet simple buffet will never miss. Gatsby was known to enjoy spiced ham. Tiny biscuits piled with the salty, sweet pig meat will entice your guest (and make them salivate for that second glass of champagne).


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The Waldorf was the salad of the time. For passed hors d’oeuvres, stuffed mushrooms should strike the right chord.

And for those who wish to doll up and get Gatsby’d on the town, here are just a few of the celebrations painting the nation (and beyond) in gin and dirty martinis:

New York, N.Y., Spring, 2013: The Plaza Hotel will be running drink and dining specials to coincide with the film’s release. For a total Gatsby immersion, book a night at the hotel’s Fitzgerald Suite.

Also try New York’s Prohibition Era Cocktail Cruise May 10-11, 14, 23

Newport, R.I.: Grace Gatsby Hotel/Dining/Mansion Experience, through September 30, 

Columbus, Ohio: Jeni’s Ice Creams Zelda Collection, while available

Syracuse, N.Y.: NOexcusesSYR Great Gatsby Dinner, May 8

Austin, Texas: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, The Great Gatsby Feast, May 14 & 15

San Francisco, Calif: Great Gatsby Pre-Premiere & Cocktail Reception, May 9

Garberville, Calif: The Great Gatsby Gala, May 18, 2013

San Diego, Calif: The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge Gatsby Dinners, May 8 & 9

London, England: Harrods Gatsby Cocktail Bar, May 9-20

Sydney, Australia: Time Out Shakedown Gatsby-themed Cocktail Competition, May 20


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