December 03, 2021

Holiday Lyric Libations

 

Whether you're listening to classic carols or streaming full Lyric productions like Puccini's La bohème, these festive drinks are the perfect addition to a cozy evening by the fireplace or a holiday dinner with your loved ones!

Midnight Magic

Ring in the New Year with this delightful, effervescent cocktail — almost as magical as Cinderella's enchanting night at the royal palace.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz rosemary syrup
  • 3 oz cardamom infused gin
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • splash of prosecco, chilled
  • rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • grapefruit peel for garnish

Shake syrup, infused gin and grapefruit juice in a cocktail mixer with ice to combine. Strain the mixture into two glasses. Top with prosecco and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a grapefruit peel. (Recipe adapted from The Modern Proper)

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Seguidilla Spiced Sangria

Combining the best of mulled wine and Spanish sangria, this sweet yet spiced drink will warm your cockles and transport you to Lillas Pastia's tavern for a night of fun with friends and family.

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles Spanish Rioja
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns, in a sachet

Add all ingredients to a 4-qt slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook the sangria on high for one hour, then set the temperature to low for up to 5 hours. Serve in mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick. (Recipe from Inspired by Charm)

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Kir with a Kick

Journey to Cafe Momus and raise a glass to the New Year with this classic French drink, but not before getting rid of your adulterous landlord (preferably before he can collect rent).

Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz cognac
  • 1/4 oz crème de cassis
  • chilled champagne, or sparkling wine
  • 1 raspberry for garnish

Pour cognac and crème de cassis into a flute; fill the flute with champagne. Garnish with raspberry. (Recipte from Bonjour Paris)

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The Gingerbread Witch

This holiday season, skip the house made of sweets and instead try this cookie cocktail. Tread gingerly, because much like The Witch, it may seem sweet but it will sneak up on you!

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 4 oz vodka
  • 2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 2 oz gingerbread syrup
  • whipped cream for topping
  • small handful gingerbread cookies, crushed

Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into chilled martini glasses. Top with whipped cream and gingerbread cookie crumbs. (Recipe adapted from Food Network)

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Header: Lyric's 2012/13 production of Puccini's La bohème. (Credit: Dan Rest)