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Lyric Libations: CAROUSEL

Get into the Carousel spirit—pun intended!—with these delightful cocktails inspired by your favorite characters and songs. These are the perfect drinks to have when the children are asleep. And no matter what Dr. Seldon says, it probably would be best to walk alone (and not drive alone) after having a few of these.

Get into the Carousel spirit—pun intended!—with these delightful cocktails inspired by your favorite characters and songs. These are the perfect drinks to have when the children are asleep. And no matter what Dr. Seldon says, it probably would be best to walk alone (and not drive alone) after having a few of these. Don't know which one is best for you? Take our "Which Carousel song are you?" quiz  to find out! 

Gin Is Bustin' Out All Over 

This summery drink will have you singing along with Nettie in no time. Fresh and alive and gay and young, this drink ​is a love song, sweetly sung. Perfect for your next clambake!

  • 1.5 oz honey
  • 9 oz gin
  • 9 oz dry reisling
  • 4.5 oz pineapple juice
  • 6 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 oz soda water
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices
  • 20 mint leaves

In a bowl, mix honey with 1.5 oz water until fully incorporated to make honey syrup. In a pitcher stir honey syrup and remaining ingredients until combined. Serve over ice.  (Recipe courtesy Self.com)

Jigger's Ginger Beer Brew 

You can sail away on the high seas like Jigger Craigin and his whaling friends with this rum-based cocktail. The apple juice makes you think it's not that dangerous, but like Mrs. Mullin says, watch out for Mr. Craigin. All of his friends seem to end up in jail…or worse.

  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz ginger beer
  • 3/4 oz apple juice
  • Ice 

Fill a rocks glass with ice. In a shaker, add ice, Makers Mark, ginger beer and apple juice. Shake and strain into the glass. (Recipe courtesy sailingworld.com

The Billy Bigelow 

What does an out-of-work carousel barker drink after staying out all night with his no-good buddies? Another drink, of course! This beer-based cocktail wakes you up with lime and spice, with just enough of hair of the dog to cure any hangover.

  • 7oz beer 
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 4 oz  Clamato juice
  • 2-3 key limes, juiced and wedges for garnish
  • 1-2 dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 sliver of fresh jalapeno to float in the drink
  • Dash of Worchestershire
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • Phillips seafood seasoning to rim glass

Rim a tall drink glass with lime and seafood seasoning, fill with ice and slowly pour some beer (little or no foam), add some of the Clamato juice and other ingredients + an additional pinch of seafood seasoning. Stir and top off with more beer and juice. (Recipe courtesy Food52.com)

Geraniums in the Winder 

Enoch Snow and Carrie Pipperidge are an ideal couple with big dreams. You can just imagine them sipping on this fragrant floral cocktail as they relax on the porch, admiring their beautiful geraniums while the (many, many) children are asleep. 

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz rose geranium sugar syrup (recipe below directions) 
  • 5 large, freshly picked rose-scented geranium leaves 

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker.  Add ice cubes, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a tiny rose geranium leaf. (Recipe courtesy Gardendesign.com)

Rose Geranium Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
 
In a small saucepan, bring the water and the sugar to a boil, constantly stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove pan from heat; add 5 large, freshly picked rose geranium leaves, and stir until they wilt. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove the leaves. 

If I Loved You Lemonade 

This drink is sweet with a hint of tang, just like Julie and Billy's romance. Now that Carousel's star-crossed couple has a baby on the way, this "mocktail" is the perfect thing for the new Mrs. Bigelow. (It can also​ easily be made boozy by adding your desired amount of gin or vodka—you know Billy's going to add a shot or two!)

  • 1 can of pink lemonade
  • 1 lb of strawberries, washed, hulled, and halved
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 small handful of basil
  • Ice as needed

Prepare lemonade according to instructions on the can. Blend strawberries in a blender or food processor. Finely chop basil and add it to the mix. Stir strawberry mixture and lemon slices into the lemonade. Add lots of ice and enjoy! (Recipe courtesy Natashaskitchen.com)

Carnival Blonde 

Mrs. Mullin runs a carousel all day and dances in dream ballets all night. Sometimes she just needs to relax. This drink is the perfect way to finish a long day. Just don't think about what dear, departed Mr. Mullin would say if he saw you drinking this! 

  • 2 oz rye
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1/4 oz ginger liqueur
  • 2 orange slices, about 1/8″ thick each
  • 1 lemon slice, about 1/8″ thick
  • 2 dashes bitters

In a shaker glass muddle the orange and lemon slices.  Add 5-6 ice cubes and the remaining ingredients.  Stir thoroughly to chill and mix.  Strain into a large cocktail glass (I used my 6 oz glasses) and garnish with a flamed orange peel. (Recipe courtesy Twilightlounge.wordpress.com)

Photo credits:

  • Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago production photos credit Todd Rosenberg

 

 

Which CAROUSEL song are you?

Are you a swaggering sailor who dances a merry jig to "Blow High, Blow Low" all day long? Do you spontaneously exclaim that "June Is Bustin' Out All Over"? Or would you rather cry one single tear while belting out "You'll Never Walk Alone"? Find out which Carousel song best fits your personality with our brand-new quiz.

Are you a swaggering sailor who dances a merry jig to "Blow High, Blow Low" all day long? Do you spontaneously exclaim that "June Is Bustin' Out All Over"? Or would you rather cry one single tear while belting out "You'll Never Walk Alone"? Find out which Carousel  song best fits your personality with our brand-new quiz. You can only hear these great songs being performed at Lyric through May 3, so purchase your ticket today!

 

 

Photo credits:

  • Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago production photos credit Todd Rosenberg and Robert Kusel

 

Who is your TANNHÄUSER Valentine?

Wagner's Tannhäuser runs February 9 through March 6 at Lyric, including a performance on February 14. The hero of the opera must choose between the sensual goddess Venus and his saintly beloved Elisabeth. Which character is your perfect Tannhäuser valentine? Take this quiz and find out!

Wagner's Tannhäuser runs February 9 through March 6 at Lyric, including a performance on February 14! The hero of the opera must choose between the sensual goddess Venus and his saintly beloved Elisabeth. Who is your Tannhäuser Valentine? Take this quiz and find out!

 

Photo credits:

  • Tannhäuser production photos credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago. Clockwise from top left: Johan Botha, Michaela Schuster, John Relyea, Amber Wagner, and Gerald Finley. 

 

Lyric Libations: TOSCA

Love. Jealousy. Revolution. Death. It all can be found in Puccini's Tosca (at Lyric January 24 through March 14). Three characters-the rebel, the diva, and the villain-are caught a game of cat-and-mouse with deadly consequences. Non-stop drama could require a cocktail (or three) to unwind. Pick your favorite!

Love. Jealousy. Revolution. Death. It all can be found in Puccini's Tosca (at Lyric January 24 through March 14). Three characters—the rebel, the diva, and the villain—are caught a game of cat-and-mouse with deadly consequences. Non-stop drama could require a cocktail (or three) to unwind. Pick your favorite!

Vissi d'arte 

Floria Tosca lives only for art and for love—her passionate nature leads her to make some impulsive, and ultimately deadly, decisions. This cocktail pays tribute to her over-the-top personality with sweet agave and spicy jalapeno; blood oranges give it an appropriately crimson color (no stabbing required!).  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 fl ounces) fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2 tbs Agave
  • 4 fl ounces whiskey
  • 1 medium sized jalapeño, chopped, stem removed (about 2 tbs)

In a cocktail shaker, add the blood orange juice, agave and whiskey, stir until combined. Add the jalapenos, replace the shaker cap and shake three times, immediately pour through a strainer into two highball glasses filled with ice, straining out the jalapeños. Discard the jalapeño.  (Recipe from Honest Cooking)

The Rebel Artist 

Mario Cavaradossi is hot-blooded and brash; his love for Tosca is only equaled by his fervent political beliefs. Quench your thirst for justice with this fiery cocktail that combines sweet strawberries with spicy Sriracha.

Ingredients

  • Half of 1 ripe strawberry
  • 1 stalk cilantro, chopped in 3 pieces
  • 2 thin slices cucumber
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce agave nectar
  • 1/8 ounce amaro (I used Averna)
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 drops Sriracha, or more to taste
  • Ice
  • Garnish: 3 thin slices cucumber

Muddle strawberry, cilantro, and two cucumber slices. Add lime juice, agave nectar, amaro, tequila, and Sriracha. Fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and double-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with remaining cucumber slices. (Recipe from Serious Eats)

Scarpia's Sazerac 

This classic cocktail is as bitter as Scarpia's soul. The strong poison seeps into your veins and can make you susceptible to all kinds of dark insinuations. Those who are easily swayed by their emotions have been warned!

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 1/2 ounces rye whisky
  • 2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • absinthe
  • lemon peel

In an Old-Fashioned glass (not a mixing glass; it's part of the ritual), muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water. Add several small ice cubes and the rye whiskey, the Peychaud's bitters, and the Angostura bitters. Stir well and strain into a second, chilled, Old-Fashioned glass in which you have rolled around a few drops of absinthe until its inside is thoroughly coated, pouring off the excess. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.  (Recipe from Esquire)

Tosca's Kiss 

This drink is deceptively sweet and naive, but ultimately just as potent as the diva for which it is named. It's the perfect cocktail to sip if you want to forget all of your troubles. Or, for a more sinister use, it truly could be the kiss of death for the sadistic man who is plotting to kill your one true love and take his place in your heart…and your bed.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 oz Red Vodka
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau
  • 1 tbsp Apricot Brandy

Shake all ingredients well with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Recipe from Spiritdrinks.com)

Photo credits:

  • Tatiana Serjan, Brian Jagde, and Evgeny Nikitin in Puccini's Tosca at Lyric Opera of Chicago (credit Todd Rosenberg) 

 

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