A GATSBY-THEMED MOVIE NIGHT

written by annamarie garcia

As we all search for creative ways to make our stay-at-home weekend activities memorable, what better way to enjoy the warmer evenings than setting up your very own outdoor movie night? To make the evening truly Instagram-worthy, set a theme for your movie night that extends to food, drinks, music, and attire.

This May marks the 7th Anniversary of “The Great Gatsby” movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and is the perfect inspiration for a “Gatsby Era” themed movie night complete with Prohibition Cocktails to take things to the next-level. Begin by setting the mood with music… head over to your Pandora App and search for a “Roaring Twenties” playlist. Watching a short ad will gain you access to premium Pandora features like listening to specific playlists, albums, or sound tracks.

 

Making this movie night an outdoor experience isn’t as far fetch as you may think. Head over to Amazon to pick up a pop-up movie screen and projector which can be used throughout the summer, because let’s face it… once you create your first themed-movie night, you’ll want to do it again and again! Grease theme anyone???

Apart from setting a dress code inspired by the theme of your Jazz Age movie night (i.e. pearl necklaces, beaded dresses, and tuxedos) turn your attention to snacks and drinks. You can keep it simple and stick to theater classics like buttered popcorn and candy, or try your hand at preparing some small bites that you might have been served had you attended a Gatsby-hosted party the summer of 1922. One thing is for sure, the cocktails that grew in popularity during this Prohibition Era are ones that can be easily recreated.  Check out a few of our recommendations below to make your movie night truly Gatsby-inspired. 

French 75

This drink dates to World War I, and an early form was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris.

  • 2 ounces London dry gin

  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice

  • ¾ ounce simple syrup

  • 2 ounces Champagne

 

Garnish: Long spiral lemon twist

Procedure: Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne; garnish with lemon twist.

Mary Pickford

Named for Canadian-American film actress Mary Pickford, it is said to have been created for her in the 1920s on a trip she took to Havana with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks.

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum

  • 1 1/2 oz Pineapple juice

  • 1 tsp Grenadine

  • 6 drops Maraschino liqueur

Garnish: Skewered Luxardo Cherries

Procedure: Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Sidecar

The exact origin of the sidecar is unclear, but it is thought to have been invented around the end of World War I. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims origin of the drink.

  • 1 1/2 oz Remy 1738

  • 3/4 oz Cointreau

  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice

 

Garnish: Orange twist and Sugar rim

Procedure: Coat the rim of a coupe glass with sugar and set aside. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with an orange twist.