Even before the image of Leo as Gatsby toasting his champagne glass meme’d its way into our lives, the image of Gatsby was inseparable from prohibited, sparkling, free flowing liquor.
A steady river of liquor streams through Gatsby’s world, adding to the atmosphere of glamour with a sharp edge of danger.
While the book is rife with drinking (champagne is mentioned 6 times at least), many sources report that the Gin Rickey is the only cocktail mentioned by name in Fitzgerald’s 1925 Prohibition classic.
But there are actually 2 cocktails mentioned, though the Gin Rickey, also known to be author F. Scott Fitzgerald himself’s favorite cocktail, is the only one to actually make an appearance, while the Mint Julep is mentioned in passing.
You don’t need to go searching through your copy, though, we’ve got the recipes & the quotes from the book for you!
Enjoy these two vintage cocktails along with a healthy helping of champagne in coupe glasses & expect your next party to be lit!