As you’re planning the menu for your holiday gatherings, why not take a cue from the greatest of all drinking operas—Die Fledermaus—and raise a glass or two? Throw caution to the wind and drink the night away like Eisenstein, Rosalinde, Adele, Dr. Falke, and the rest of the delightfully inebria

As you’re planning the menu for your holiday gatherings, why not take a cue from the greatest of all drinking operas – Die Fledermaus– and raise a glass or two? Throw caution to the wind and drink the night away like Eisenstein, Rosalinde, Adele, Dr. Falke, and the rest of the delightfully inebriated crew. But be sure to enjoy in moderation – not every law enforcement officer is as tolerant of mistaken identity and comic confusion as Governor Frank!

 

Eisenstein’s Champagne the First Cocktail

Just like Eisenstein, this classic cocktail will never change.

3 drops Angostura bitters
1 sugar cube
1 ounce cognac
4 ounces chilled champagne 

Drop bitters onto sugar cube; let soak in. Place sugar cube in a champagne flute. Add cognac, and top with champagne. (Recipe from Martha Stewart)

 

Adele’s Laughing Punch

Deceptively light and refreshing, the perfect drink for impersonating an actress. 

4 bottles chilled champagne 
2 cups Grand Marnier
2 cups gin
4 large limes 

The day before, combine the Grand Marnier and gin in a pitcher and chill overnight. Just before serving, slice the limes in half and squeeze the juice into the punchbowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir gently and then float the lime shells. Serve in glasses over ice. (Adapted from Chicagoist).

 

The Mad Hungarian

Spicy and sweet – several glasses will have you singing the csárdás with Rosalinde.

2 shots cinnamon whiskey
Root beer 

Pour two shots of cinnamon whiskey into a highball. Fill with root beer and serve on the rocks.

 

Dr. Falke’s Revenge

Malort is a famously bitter cocktail and a Chicago tradition. This drink disguises the taste with the sweetness of elderflower, but the kick comes at the end, just like Dr. Falke’s elaborate revenge.  

¾ oz. Jeppson's Malort
¾ oz. Beefeater Gin
 
¾ oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
grapefruit peel 

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice, and shake hard. Strain into cocktail glass. Twist grapefruit peel over glass to extract its essential oils. (Recipe by Brad Bolt, Bar Deville for the Chicago Reader)  

And if you’re looking for a little cocktail-themed practical joke that you can play on an unsuspecting party guest, substitute Malort for any brown-colored liquor in any cocktail and be prepared for a spit take!