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What you missed at the Jazz Age Lawn Party and your second chance

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This past weekend may have boasted the most perfect June Saturday of all time in New York City, weather-wise. It was also the June installment of the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, with drinks provided by St. Germain elderflower liqueur. More than 9,000 nattily dressed guests danced and socialized in 1920s-inspired garb at the annual event on Governor's Island during the course of the two-day event.

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Revelers in cream and white, donning boaters, flapper gowns, seersucker and other festive period garb welcomed in the summer to the hot jazz stylings of Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, along with performers like The Minsky Sisters, Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers and the Dreamland Follies. Notables like fashion designer Miguelina Gambaccini, actor Josh Lucas (A Beautiful Mind) and fashion journalist Lynn Yaeger joined the throngs.

Thirsty event-goers were slaked with vintage-themed cocktails from bartender Julie Reiner (Clover Club) and her team. Refreshers like the Flapper's Delight (Bombay Dry Gin, St. Germain, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup) and the Sangria Flora (white wine, St. Germain, fresh peaches and strawberries) kept party-goers cool and well lubricated while they danced to the music, lounged on the grass, or admired the 1920s car exhibition, vintage portraits and vintage clothing vendors.

If you missed the party this weekend, have no fear, a second installment of the Jazz Age Lawn Party takes place August 16-17, again on Governor's Island. Appropriate attire is required and tickets (starting at $30 for Early Birds, kids are free) are available at jazzagelawnparty.com

Strike Up the Band
(from Julie Reiner for the Jazz Age Lawn Party)

  • 1.5 oz Bombay Dry Gin
  • 3/4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 large strawberry
  • Sparkling Water to top

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 large strawberry in with simple syrup. Combine the remaining ingredients except the sparkling water. Add ice, shake well and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Sangria Flora

(from Julie Reiner for the Jazz Age Lawn Party)

  • 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or other Dry White Wine
  • 1 cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 Fresh Peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 5 - 6 Fresh Strawberries, stemmed and sliced
  • 6 Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 bunch Fresh Grapes

Combine ingredients in a carafe and stir. Allow to infuse for half an hour. Serve in an ice-filled glass, stirring briefly to distribute fruit throughout the glass. Can be topped with Prosecco or Sparkling Water for bubbles.

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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author's own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author received no comps for this article, although he was invited to the party. Sadly he was not able to make it. Curse you, Mister Coolidge!

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