Bring the Roaring ’20s Back: Cocktails From the Jazz Age Lawn Party

06/11/2015 at 04:46 AM ET
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14:  A view of atmosphere at the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, presented by The Dreamland Orchestra and St-Germain on June 14, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for St-Germain)

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Summer weekends are often reserved for wearing t-shirts and flip-flops. But for one special weekend in June, New Yorkers skip the cookout garb and opt for something a little, say, fancier.

At the Jazz Age Lawn Party, guests come dressed to impress, roaring ’20s style. The outdoor festival—taking place on New York City’s Governor’s Island on June 13-14—is a Gatsby-era throwback of fashion, swing music, food and, of course, Prohibition-style cocktails.

To kick off the 10th year, Julie Reiner, mixologist and author of The Craft Cocktail Party, has created crisp and bubbly cocktails featuring St. Germain elderflower liqueur for the affair. While these drinks fit in perfectly with a throwback theme party like the Lawn Party, they also mix just as well with a casual night at home.

If you can’t foxtrot your way onto Governor’s Island this weekend, don your feathers and pearls and mix up a batch of cocktails—or make plans to attend the next Lawn Party on Aug. 15 and 16.

10th Anniversary Cocktail

10th Anniversary Cocktail
1.5 oz. gin
¾ oz. elderflower liqueur
¾ oz. fresh grapefruit juice
¼ oz. fresh lime juice
¼ oz. simple syrup
1 large strawberry in simple syrup

Shake and strain into a collins glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Boathouse Punch

Boathouse Punch
Serves 20

Peels of 4 lemons
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 (1-liter) bottle gin
1 (750-ml) bottle aperol
12 oz. elderflower liqueur
12 oz. lemon juice
12 oz. orange juice
12 oz. grapefruit juice
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling rosé wine
Garnish:  Lemon wheels

Place the lemon peels in a bowl with the sugar (save the lemons for juicing). Muddle the peels until the sugar looks slightly moistened, then let sit covered for at least 1 hour, or overnight. In a large punch bowl, combine the gin, aperol, elderflower liqueur, and juices. Add the lemon peel mixture and let sit for 15 minutes. Remove the peels. Right before serving, add the ice block and rosé. Garnish the punch bowl with the lemon wheels.

–Christina Butan

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