Great Gatsby Cocktails

We called upon two of our favorite mixologists – Please Don’t Tell’s Jim Meehan and The Passenger’s Derek Brown for Great Gatsby-inspired cocktails perfect for Memorial Day weekend. Derek Brown’s classic Gin Rickey was a favorite of F. Scott Fitzgerald himself, and Meehan’s Moët Imperial Gatsby is a play on the classic champagne cocktail popular during the time of the book. Both are the ultimate pours for the big holiday weekend. We can’t imagine a better way to “chic” up a barbecue or accompany the Gatsby themed soirée you’re already planning on throwing…


1. Derek Brown’s Gin Rickey Cocktail. Derek Brown is the co-owner of The Passenger, Columbia Room and Mockingbird Hill in Washington, D.C. The Rickey, originally made with Bourbon, was invented in Washington, D.C. during the 1880’s but became famous using gin a decade later. It’s the perfect hot weather beverage and, as some have noted, air-conditioning in a glass. It’s officially the native cocktail of Washington, D.C. by decree of the City Council in 2010. Yes, it gets hot in D.C.


2. Jim Meehan’s “Moët Imperial Gatsby” cocktail, served exclusively at The Plaza. Jim Meehan, owner of PDT [Please Don’t Tell] in New York and author of The PDT Cocktail Book, crafted a Moët & Chandon Gatsby-inspired cocktail as a twist on the classic champagne cocktail, which was popular during the time of Gatsby. Jim pairs Moët Imperial – the champagne of choice in the 1920s and the champagne featured throughout the film – with Green Chartreuse, which replaces the bitters in the original champagne cocktail and is inspired by a scene in the book that refers to guests retiring to the library to drink Green Chartreuse. The green in the Chartreuse and the lime also evoke the lavish champagne-soaked garden parties that are so prevalent in the book and the film.