This past weekend, NYC’s Governors Island played host to the 8th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. A Gatsby-esque 1920s celebration, the prohibition-style party offered enough live music and entertainment, themed gourmet food, and bespoke St. Germain cocktails to fill a sunny summer day. Revelers decked themselves out to the nines in their best flapper fare, complete with boaters, suspenders, and bow ties for the men, and fascinator hats, strands of pearls, and parasols for the women. I pulled together an outfit and took the short & free ferry ride to Governors Island, following a sea of boater hats and wicker picnic baskets.
Carefully crafted by chef and restauranteur Jimmy Carbone (owner of Jimmy’s No. 43), the A Taste of the 20′s menu was stacked with authentic, delicious, and playfully named offerings. Highlights included the Wimpy Burger (on a classic bun with pickles, catsup, and cabot cheddar cheese), the Shrimp Roll (filled with fancy shrimp salad with chives, on a brioche bun), the Squab on Toast (grilled cornish hen, rosemary marinade on old fashioned garlic toast), and the Raw Bar (stacked with fresh oysters, clams, and shrimp). The Kale Waldorf Salad was also a hit, and the Mii Sundaes with whipped cream, fudge sauce, and a cherry on top drew a line that stretched 20 people deep.
The cocktails served were decidedly anti-prohibition. St. Germain sponsored the event, and crafted specialty cocktails to fit the spirit of the day. The St. Germain Cocktail was my personal favorite; though the Sangria Flora tasted fruity and delicious. You can make both of these celebratory cocktails for yourself at home with the recipes below. My cocktail seemed to disappear before I could capture a photo of it- so you’ll have to imagine what these look like.
The St. Germain Cocktail
- 2parts Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine
- 1½ parts St-Germain
- 2 parts Club Soda
- Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely.
- Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist.
- Variation: Think of Sartre circa 1947. Be the lemon twist.
For the full article and more St. Germain cocktail recipes, visit Devil Gourmet.