“French spirits, wines and aperitifs have always been one of the main pillars upon which American bartenders have built their craft,” says cocktail historian David Wondrich. “Indeed, without them, we would have no Dry Martini, no Sazerac, no Sidecar, Brandy Milk Punch or French 75. Where’s the fun in that?”

The Dizzy Fizz recreated the hedonistic era of La Belle Epoque at the French Spirits Soiree with a slew of cocktails, along with French style and entertainment!

Transforming Astor Center into a playground of French festivities, guests enjoyed themed cocktails of punches, spirits and absinthe expertly mixed by the attentive bartenders while the live cabaret band, The Hot Sardines, set a lively mood.

Dress code: “Parisian bohemian, romantic vintage, twisted and whimsical.”

Guest arrived dressed to impressed.  To keep us from going over the edge, there was a spread of Murray’s Cheese and rustic bread by SCRATCHbread.

But that did little to stop the crowd from going wild after a dazzling burlesque performance by Calamity Chang.

Was Paris the original Vegas?  What happens in Paree, stays in Paree.  Or, check it out on The Dizzy Fizz’s Facebook album.


Calamity Chang burlesque photos by John Walder.