cover story about Gatsby star Isla Fisher.)
A quintessential Manhattan stomping ground, the WALDORF ASTORIA is rumored to have been a Fitzgerald favorite during the early 20th century, during which both the novel and the film are set. Today, beverage manager and in-house mixologist Frank Caiafa’s impressive list of original cocktails includes the Cole Porter, made from a blend of whiskey and house-made sour mixed with sherry and named for the hotel’s former tenant whose music was a favorite of the time.
It’s easy to imagine The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan swinging by Seattle’s literary-themed LIBRARY BISTRO & BOOKSTORE BAR for a pick-me-up. Her drink of choice? The Blackened Manhattan, featuring Eagle Rare 10-year-old bourbon, Averna amaro, Aperol and orange bitters.
First published in 1930 and still in print today, The Savoy Cocktail Book is the ultimate go-to tome for classy imbibing. Rob Pate, owner and soothsayer at Peché in Austin, Texas, recommends using it to throw a Gatsby-themed party of your own. Ideal for sipping? The Corpse Reviver #2: one-ounce parts gin, Cointreau, Lillet blanc and lemon juice, and a quarter-ounce of absinthe with a maraschino cherry for garnish.