“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Say you find yourself standing on an uninhabited island among gaily costumed picnickers with a cocktail in your hand, a dance floor and orchestra before you, a pie contest to your left and the Dorothy Parker Society just behind you.
Never fear. You’re probably not dreaming. You probably didn’t fall into a time warp.
In fact, I’m guessing you’re simply getting in on what more and more New Yorkers are doing this year — spending an afternoon on Governor’s Island.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the place, my use of the word “uninhabited” isn’t a typo. Governor’s Island is officially a public park, having been vacated by the Coast Guard after 1996. The park service folks clear out all visitors each night (which is a shame, because I’d move there in a heartbeat).
And what a public space it is… 172 lush, tree- and rolling grass-covered acres full of strange, abandoned apartment complexes, gorgeous Civil War-Era buildings, a fort (complete with cannons), and as of recently, an archaeological dig and a Water Taxi Beach.
But I digress… You were holding a cocktail and watching the flappers dance the Charleston, weren’t you?
Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra put on periodic Jazz Age Lawn Parties on Governor’s Island. Fun, no?
The one produced just today was also sponsored by St-Germain, makers of tasty elderflower liqueur with which one might, if so inclined, make mighty strong cocktails the likes of which you see in this photo.
Now technically the Jazz Age took place during the era of US prohibition, but we all know there was still plenty of drinking going on.
Anyway, I found it tasty, so I’ll pass on the recipe to you, dear reader. (I’m sure the company won’t mind. Corporate marketing departments are normally pretty happy about spontaneous viral exposure… and just for the record, this beverage was not free for me despite my renown as a food blogger. I paid full price just like everyone else.)
The St-Germain Elderflower Cocktail
2 shots Champagne (or Sauvignon Blanc)
1 1/2 shots St-Germain elderflower liqueur 2 shots soda water or sparkling water
- Top Champagne and St-Germain with soda water or sparkling water
- Gently mix in a tall, ice-filled glass and garnish with a lemon twist
- Serve immediately with a side of Charleston Jazz.
And by the way, if you’re local and interested in zany events of this kind, Governor’s Island tweets, so it’s easy to keep up with all the wonder and weirdness they have on offer.
I leave you with the gentle curves of Michael Cumella’s lovely gramophone.