November 14, 2022
Lyric Libations: Le Comte Ory
Highjinks and high notes abound in Rossini's final comedy, Le Comte Ory. While Countess Adèle's brother is away, fighting in the Crusades, the amorous Count Ory, his lovesick page Isolier, and their partners in crime are ready to do whatever it takes to turn her head — however nunsensical. Get in the mood for this frothy and fun opera with these tasty cocktails, and see it onstage through November 26.
Nuns on the run
While the matron is away, these "nuns" are more likely to play than pray. This bourbon-forward cocktail is the perfect thing to warm you up on a stormy night, especially when it's topped off with a fine red wine from the castle's cellar!
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 oz lemon juice
- ½ oz maple syrup
- 1 oz dry red wine
- Garnish: lemon twist
Add the bourbon, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Carefully pour the red wine over the back of a spoon just above the surface of the drink, creating a layer on top. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Recipe courtesy of A Couple Cooks
Spill the tea daiq-Ory
Looking for love advice? The hermit is in! Tell him your woes, and let the (questionable) wisdom flow. Much like this amorous Count, this cocktail is sweet and flowery on the surface, with a zingy twist.
- 1½ oz white rum
- 1 oz hibiscus tea (steeped and cooled)
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- Garnish: lime wheel
Steep hibiscus tea according to package instructions and cool. Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Whether you think three is company or a crowd, this cocktail is easy as 1-2-3. To make a full batch, simply triple the ingredients and pour into your favorite pitcher to combine. You'll be giggling up a storm in no time.
- 1 oz rum
- 1 oz tequila
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz blue curacao
- Top with Sprite
- Garnish: orange slice, cherry
In a collins glass, add spirits over ice and top with Sprite. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.
On the same page
When it comes to Ory's antics, both his long-suffering tutor, and page-turned-romantic rival, Isolier are on the same page about one thing: keeping the randy Count away from Adèle. This bittersweet cocktail is the perfect thing to take the edge off after a long day of chasing your boss — only to find out he stole your idea (and very nearly, the love of your life).
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz campari
- 1½ oz grapefruit juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- Garnish: grapefruit peel
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel.