Leave it to a bunch of theater folk to throw a costume party where people really get into character. Theatre Charleston’s second annual Gin and Jazz party Thursday night attracted full-out flappers with fabulous hairstyles and dapper gents. Guests indulged in gin fizzes, danced to sultry jazz, and chatted about theater over deviled eggs at the Cottage on the Creek, which provided exquisite views from its huge waterfront deck. It was a perfect setting to enjoy a mercifully mild August evening.
The Gin Joint served the night’s signature cocktail, the Ramos Gin Fizz, a combination of Plymouth gin, lemon and lime juice, cream, sugar, and egg whites, shaken vigorously and topped with a bit of soda water. This historic drink was created in 1888 in New Orleans — it’s an unusual balance of creamy and tart, foamy and fizzy.
The Jazz Artists of Charleston set the mood inside, with vocalist Leah Suarez combining forces with horn-man Charlton Singleton, pianist Richard White, bassist Jeremy Wolf, and drummer David Patterson. The band played for hours, and Singleton even busted out some suave shoulder-shrugging dance moves at the end of the night. Guests hammed it up in the Roaring ’20s-themed photo booth, though few people needed the provided props, as their costumes were already so expertly styled. Those theater pros have deep closets.