Raise a glass to the most beloved musical of all time! These recipes will help you channel your favorite characters from The Sound of Music—and there's even a kid-friendly mocktail so the whole family can get into the spirit.
Holy Hot Toddy
Drinking is probably frowned upon at the abbey, but you just know the Mother Abbess likes to spend the occasional evening sipping a nice hot toddy while singing "My Favorite Things."
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 1/2 ounce bourbon
- 1/2 cup already-brewed chamomile tea
- 1 slice Meyer lemon
- dash lavender bitters
Add the honey and bourbon to a heat-proof snifter or mug. Top with the tea, squeeze the lemon, and drop it in. Add the lavender bitters and stir until the honey is melted. (Recipe courtesy TheKitchn.com)
Maria's Crisp Apple Strudel Martini
Sometimes it's just too hard to whip up a batch of pastries after a long day of teaching children to sing. But no self-respecting governess is going to let that stop her from enjoying a crisp apple strudel.
- 1 ounce apple schnapps
- 1/2 ounce dark crème de cacao liqueur
- 1/2 ounce white crème de cacao liqueur
- 1/2 ounce cinnamon schnapps
- 1ounce pressed apple juice
- 3/4 ounce heavy cream
Shake the first five ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. Carefully float the heavy cream by pouring over the back of a spoon. (Recipe courtesy DiffordsGuide.com)
The Captain's Austrian Delight
The first rule of the von Trapp house is discipline…and the second rule is to celebrate Austria in as many ways as possible. Captain von Trapp likes to enjoy the classic Austrian beer Stiegl with some extra ingredients when he's entertaining.
- 3/4 cup grapefruit juice
- 2 tbsp vanilla liqueur
- 1 1/2 tsp Chambord raspberry liqueur
- 3/4 cup Stiegl beer
Pour grapefruit juice, vanilla liqueur, and Chambord into a beer flute. Top with beer. Float raspberries on top. (Recipe courtesy Chatelaine.com)
Liesl's First Champagne
Even Captain von Trapp couldn't disapprove of this faux-champagne mocktail that's perfect for all of the von Trapp children.
- 2 ounces ginger ale, chilled
- 2 ounces white grape juice, chilled
- 2 ounces pineapple or orange juice, chilled
Combine ginger ale and juices in a champagne glass. Garnish with frozen grapes and a curly straw. (Recipe courtesy Parenting.com)
"No Way to Stop It" Negroni
Actor Edward Hibbert's favorite cocktail is the negroni. He plays impresario Max Detweiler to the hilt in Lyric's production of The Sound of Music, and this drink is a lot like Max. It's an acquired taste, but you can't hate it—it's much too lovable.
- 1 part Campari
- 1 part gin
- 1 part sweet vermouth
Stir with ice; rim a chilled rocks glass with orange, add ice, and pour the chilled mix. Flame the orange garnish and add to the glass. (Recipe courtesy ColdGlass.com)
Elsa's Broken Heart
Sure, the Captain might have thrown her over for Maria (and because she was a little too willing to compromise her Austrian values). But at least Elsa can nurse her broken heart with this sweet and vibrant concoction.
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce Chambord
- 2 ounces fresh orange juice
- 1 splash of grenadine
- Fresh strawberry to garnish
Place all of the ingredients, except for the strawberry, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Vigorously shake the mixture for 35 seconds and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish the drink with strawberry and serve immediately. (Recipe courtesy SheKnows.com)
This cocktail will always be happy to meet you at the end of a day or even during a lazy Saturday afternoon. It's clean and bright, with notes of elderflower and citrus.
- 1 ounce St. Germain
- 1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 1/2 ounce gin
Pour all ingredients over ice in a cocktail glass. Squeeze in two lemon wedges. Fill with soda water, garnish with lemon wedge or peel. (Recipe courtesy Janelle Mead from Pitch.com)
- Scenes from Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music (credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago)