With the long-awaited adaptation of ‘The Great Gatsby’ hitting the silver screen, cocktail hour beckons as we revisit the glamour and decadence of the 1920s.
This popular American import was born out of the Prohibition Era (1920-33) when alcoholic beverages were banned and ultimately gave rise to speakeasies and bootleggers.
Both prospered behind closed doors and illicit spirits (masked by other ingredients) were served to bright young things against the sultry sounds of jazz music.
In tune with flapper dresses and the splendour of art deco, this fashionable drinking culture spread across the pond with ‘American bars’ popping up in London and Paris.
Almost 100 years on, our thirst for these indulgent concoctions is at an all-time high, and cocktails continue to be associated with opulence and a touch of theatre.
For a good measure of razzmatazz, Gatsby Cocktails - Classic Cocktails From The Jazz Age (£6.99, Ryland Peters & Small) will inspire budding mixologists with its illustrations and cocktail shaker bookmark.
Ice at the ready, here’s one to try. With its art deco lines and tall frame, Tanqueray Gin No. 10 (£31.75, 70cl, www.thewhiskyexchange.com) looks the part and this sweet and subtle gin adds a hint of juniper to this fizzy favourite.
Take Royal Gin Fizz (50ml), Tanqueray Gin No.10 (25ml), fresh lemon juice, one barspoon white sugar (or 12.5ml sugar syrup), one egg white and champagne or sparkling wine.
Half fill a shaker with ice. Add the egg white, gin, lemon juice and sugar. Shake vigorously, strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top up with the champagne or sparkling wine.