Lyric's new production of Don Giovanni is so passionate that you need a cocktail just to relax after the show. Channel your favorite character with these beverages inspired by Mozart's masterpiece.
The Don Juan
Don Giovanni's voracious appetites are his downfall, and this drink might get you in trouble too. Like the lothario weaving his web of seduction, this drink's dangerous combination of tequila and rum has a sweet start, but an end that is not for the faint-of-heart.
- 1 part dark rum
- 1 part tequila
- 1 part pineapple juice
- ½ part grapefruit juice
- Orange twist to garnish
Put lots of ice and all ingredients into a shaker and mix well for about 20 seconds. Strain the mix into a chilled glass and add a twist to garnish. (Recipe from Mixed Cocktails)
So it's your wedding day, and the champagne is flowing. Sure your peasant fiancé is loving and stable, but you can't help but cast your eyes over to the rich bad boy who just walked into the room. Why shouldn't you have it all? Get your flirt on with this sparkling drink in your hand.
- 1 ounce vodka
- 2 ounces champagne
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
Combine vodka, champagne, and pineapple juice in a highball or collins glass filled with ice. Makes 1 cocktail. For a party multiply recipe and mix in a pitcher. (Recipe from PopSugar)
The Commendatore's Corpse Reviver
Whether you're hanging out in a cemetery or preparing for a very special dinner party, this cocktail is the perfect refresher for the recently deceased.
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce Lillet Blanc
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1 dash absinthe
- Orange peel for garnish
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish. (Recipe from Imbibe Magazine)
Sometimes the best way to deal with your raging jealousy is to drown it drown it in liquor. Maybe if Masetto would relax and have a few of these, he wouldn't find himself getting beat up and ridiculed at every turn.
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
- ½ ounce Scotch
- ½ ounce cherry brandy
- ½ ounce fresh orange juice
Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Recipe from Chow.com)
Donna Anna's Vendetta
This is the perfect way to seal a pact with your long-suffering fiancé to kill the man who murdered your father. The freshness of basil mixes with the richness of brandy to create an intoxicating brew. Possible side effects include the inability to get married for at least a year after drinking.
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
- 1 ½ ounces brandy
- ¼ ounce Pernod
- ¾ ounce bitters
- 6 basil leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
Add the vodka, brandy, pernod, bitters, and basil leaves into a shaker loaded with ice. Shake until condensation forms around the shaker. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a basil sprig. (Recipe from The Daily Meal)
Life is hard when your rich, entitled boss with a questionable moral compass is constantly looking to you to clean up his messes-that is when he's not trying to have you killed. When obsessive list making is not enough to calm your nerves, this very strong, very sweet, very complicated drink is another way to get away from it all.
- ½ ounce white rum
- 1 ½ ounces golden rum
- 1 ounce dark rum
- ½ ounce 151-proof rum
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 teaspoon pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon papaya juice
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
Stir together all these ingredients except the 151 and pour into a 14-ounce collins glass three-fourths full of cracked ice. Float the 151 as a lid (by pouring it into a spoon and gently dipping it under the surface of the drink). Then, if the spirit moves you, take a match to this mixture; it will burn. Garnish with mint (either straight or dipped in lime juice and then superfine sugar) and/or fruit. (Recipe from Esquire)
- Don Giovanni production photos credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago