March 25, 2023
Lyric Libations: Carmen
Bizet’s Carmen is a decadent tale of scandal and deadly desire. As a young soldier falls in love with the free-spirited Carmen, their affair quickly spirals out of control. Pull up a seat at Lillas Pastia’s, and let these libations draw you in to the twists and turns of this stunning production, on stage through April 7.
No one can tame a rebellious bird, so be wary of this fiery, yet refreshing drink – it might just set your heart ablaze with a spirited love of Bizet’s Carmen.
- Habanero pepper
- 1 oz Patron
- 1 oz Patron Citronge
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- Garnish: salt rim, lime wedge
Rim your glass with salt. Add tequila, Citronge, lime juice, and chopped habanero pepper to a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into your glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and habanero slice.
Recipe adapted from Grow Hot Peppers
On the Rum Punch
A soldier turned smuggler, Don José abandoned all responsibility to follow a tempting life on the edge with Carmen. Run away from the mundane and indulge in this irresistible rum punch — but only for the night.
- 1 oz white rum
- 1 oz dark rum
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz orange juice
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz grenadine
- Garnish: orange slice, cocktail cherry
Stir together all ingredients, except for grenadine, in a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice and top with grenadine. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.
Recipe adapted from A Couple Cooks
Passionate Red Bullfighter
Whether it’s to wrestle in the ring with bulls or confess his undying love, the smitten toreador, Escamillo, could use this zippy mixture of passion and energy.
- 3/4 oz red passion fruit syrup
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 6 oz Red Bull
Fill a 16 oz glass with ice and add ingredients into glass in the order listed. Pour mixture into mixing tin and back into serving glass to mix. Add desired garnish and serve.
Recipe adapted from Monin
Agua de Seville
This classic cocktail tastes best with friends who are always ready to travel — with the perfect balance of bubbles, citrus, and spirits, you won’t tell the difference between your living room and Lillas Pastia’s tavern.
- 1 cup whiskey
- 1 cup triple sec
- 1 liter pineapple juice
- 1 bottle of sparkling wine
- Garnish: whipped cream
Mix whiskey, triple sec, and pineapple juice into a pitcher. Top with champagne and serve in a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with whipped cream and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Wikipedia