Social Media Photo Contest 
Enter to win tickets to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro!

Utah Opera and Salt Lake Magazine present Libretti & Libations, craft cocktails created by Salt Lake City’s top mixologists inspired by the love, scheming, and luxury in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Capitol Theatre from May 7- May 15, 2016.

Post a photo of your libation of choice (tag #UtahOperaSips) and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to the weekend performance of Aida. Visit all participating Libretti & Libations restaurants to submit multiple entries before May 11. Salt Lake Magazine will announce winners online.

Step 1: Enjoy a craft cocktail inspired by Figaro
Step 2: Post a pic on Twitter or Instagram with #utahoperasips
Step 3: Hit the next hotspot for another Libretti & Libations cocktail

Remember, use #UtahOperaSips on Twitter or Instagram to check in your cocktail & enter the contest!

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Participating Bars and Restaurants:




202 South Main Street, Salt Lake City
801 363-5454

Rossa Sangue "Red Blood"

1.5 oz High West Whiskey
1 oz Aperol
.25 Cherry Juice Muddled Macerated Cherries



Inspiration: We thought since this was a story of vengeance, blood of course came to mind.  We were thinking the cherries represent the heart of Dr. Bartolo.  When we muddle the cherries it represents when he thinks of Figaro and Rosina and his heart bleeds.



Bistro 222

222 S Main St., Salt Lake City

The Count

1.5oz Makers Mark
.5oz Luxardo
Dash Sweet Vermouth
Dash Bitters
Shaken Served Up
Garnish with a Cherry

Mixologist: Jeremiah Tarleton and Errol Johnson



Bistro 222

222 S Main St., Salt Lake City

Mad Day

1.5 oz. Malibu Rum
1oz Orange Juice
1oz Pine Apple Juice
Served on the Rocks
Float of Grenadine
Garnish with Orange, Lemon, Lime, and Cherry

Mixologist: Jeremiah Tarleton and Errol Johnson



Bistro 222

222 S Main St., Salt Lake City

The Dowry

1.5oz 5 Wives Vodka
Muddled Strawberry and Basil
1oz Strawberry Puree
Shaken Served Up
Float of Prosecco
Garnish with a Strawberry

Mixologist: Jeremiah Tarleton and Errol Johnson






331 S Main St., Salt Lake City

A Woman Scorned

1 1/2 Appleton vx rum
3/4 amontillado sherry
3/4 luxardo
2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Mixologist: Adam Albro


Inspiration: Inspired by Figaro's jilted housekeeper, Marcellina, this bittersweet cocktail reminds us of a love lost. Bitter at the fact you left, but sweet enough to remind you why you lover her, "A Woman Scorned" is a rum based cocktail that tastes dry and bitter on the first sip, but ends with a sweet luxardo finish.



The Dodo 

1355 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City

Bel Canto "Beautiful Song"

1.5 Limoncello
1.0 Tito's Vodka
3.0 Sweet & Sour
Splash of Creme De Cassis

Topped with a splash of soda
Garnished with a lemon wheel 

Mixologist: Edd Hutchins and Stacey Deittman


Inspiration: Limoncello is a beautiful start to this lovely summer refresher. Accented by a cascade of double Creme De Cassis.



East Liberty Tap House

850 East 900 South, Salt Lake City 

Amor del Conde "Count's Love" 

1.5oz Vida Tequila Blanco
1/2 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
1.5 oz of Pok Pok Som Grapefruit Soda

A dash of Bittermen's Hopped Grapefruit
and serve it in a tumbler glass and a lime wheel.

Mixologist: Anastacia Blanchfield


Inspiration: Playing off the trickery of Figaro and Susanna the Count's love for Rosina is restored. We got the idea of the drink based off the location the pay is set in: Spain.




327 West 200 South, Salt Lake City 

Schemes in D Major

1 1/2 oz. Four Roses Bourbon
1/4 oz.Cynar
1/4 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1/8 oz. Demerara Syrup
2 dashes Black Walnut Bitters

Mixologist: Natalie Hamilton


Inspiration:The drink is based on the main overture of the opera being in D Major as all of the characters (Figaro, Susanna, The Count and Countess), navigate trying to hold a wedding as well as jealous suspicions and infidelity. This plot thicken and the plot tangles itself as the characters take on each other’s identity to "fool" their spouses and uncover their secrets, but all is well that ends well. And in the end, forgiveness and a wedding are in order.

For the cocktail, I used Italian liqueurs to celebrate the Italian setting of the opera!



GOOD Grammar

69 East Gallivan Ave., Salt Lake City

Berries de Figaro

In-house made berry simple syrup
Champagne topper
Berry garnish

Mixologist Jess and Joshua


Inspiration: Inspiration was "forbidden fruit" with the efforts of the Count to elicit infidelity, but with a play on the intoxicating power women can have over men; thus the usage of berries. 



HSL (Handle Salt Lake)

418 East 200 South, Salt Lake City

In Love with Figaro

Beehive Gin
Sesame Milk

Mixologist: Scott Gardner


Inspiration: The goal with this drink was to capture the exotic flavors influencing cuisine in Andalusia and provide a sense of place for those about to engage this opera. Heavy Arabic influences in the food culture in Andalusia as well as the fresh, herbal and briny nature of gin encompass the coastal region in Spain where this story takes place.

It's fun to be inspired by a character or an emotion, but rarely do you attempt to immerse yourself in the environment in which an opera takes place.




1300 East 258 South, Salt Lake City,

3698 Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City

Prima Donna "First Lady"

1.5 Beehive Jack Rabbit Gin
.5 Licor 43
1.5 Pineapple shaken and served up, garnished with orange wheel.

Mixologist: Edd Hutchins and Stacey Deittman


Inspiration: The first notes of this pretty cocktail sing herbaceous sweet botanicals complimented by the sweet vanilla citrus undertones of the magical 43. A summer delight.




147 West Broadway, Salt Lake City
801 363-2739

The Cappellino "The Vail"

1.5 ounces High West American Prairie
.5 Fernet
.5 Vienna Lager syrup
Lemon twist garnish

Mixologist: Scott Bramhall



Inspiration: Our cocktail is the perfect marriage of sweet and bitter; incorporating the Italian digestivif, Fernet, with a candied and fruit-forward bourbon. The Viennese lager that has been reduced to a syrup is a nod to the city that originally banned the now-famous opera.




201 East Broadway, Salt Lake City

The Almaviva

1oz Hendricks
1/2oz VSOP
2 dash orange bitters
Large orange twist

Mixologist: Benjamin Parsons


Inspiration: The Almaviva, named so after the lustfully insatiable Count, pays respect to the scheming seduction of Susanna with its light juniper base and citrus aromas. In a desire to keep in touch with Seville's love of Sherry, added was a light touch of VSOP which contains hints of maple, vanilla, and sherry on the palate.



Our noble Count,
tired of pursuing
foreign beauties,
has turned his attention
back to his castle -
but mind, passion for his own wife,
does not spark his flame...

For whom, then?

For your little Susanna.

For you?

The very same; and he hopes
that this noble design of his
will be assisted by having us so close.

Bravo! Let's hear more.

This is the reason for all these graces,
all these favours
which he has been lavishing on you,
on your intended bride.

What generosity!

Wait, the best is still to come Don Basilio, 
My singing teacher, and his Pandarus,
Every day during my lessons 
repeats this song to me.

Who, Basilio? The scoundrel!

And you believed that he'd promised to
pay my dowry simply in gratitude for your
handsome face!

I flattered myself so.

He intended it to win from me 
certain little half-hours ... 
which the old feudal rights ...

What? Hasn't he abolished those rights?

Well now he regrets it, and it seems
he's trying to buy them back from me.

Bravo! I like that: What a dear lord!
Well, we'll play at that game too, sir.

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