Enter to Win Tickets to Leigh's Man of La Mancha!

Utah Opera and Salt Lake Magazine present Libretti & Libations, craft cocktails composed by Salt Lake City and Park City’s top mixologists inspired by the love, desire, and jealousy in Leigh’s Man of La Mancha at Capitol Theater from January 21 to 29, 2017.


Post a photo of your libation of choice (tag #UtahOperaSips) and you’ll be entered to win a pair of tickets to see a performance of Man of La Mancha (winner will have the option to attend a performance Friday, January 27 or Sunday, January 29). Visit all participating Libretti & Libations restaurants to submit multiple entries before Wednesday, January 25. Salt Lake Magazine will announce the winner online.

How to Win

Step 1: Enjoy a craft cocktail inspired by Carmen
Step 2: Post your cocktail photo on Twitter or Instagram with #UtahOperaSips
Step 3: Hit the next hotspot for another Libretti & Libations cocktail

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

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To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
And to run where 
The brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
And to love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march, 
March into hell
For that heavenly cause

Participating Restaurants


202 S Main Street, Salt Lake City

Craft Cocktail: Smoke and Mirrors

1.5 oz Rye
.75 oz Benedictine
.25 oz lemon juice
.5 oz pomegranate juice
.75 oz smoked cherry thyme syrup ( charred cedar and current bitters, 1 oz egg whites, shaken and strained)


331 S Main St., Salt Lake City

Craft Cocktail: Bedlam Joust
Mixologist: Ryan Santos

“Inspired by Don Quixote's jousting match with a windmill he thinks is a dragon. The cocktail itself is a nod to the overall tones of madness in Miguel Cervantes' story. We combined flavors that we don't see paired often and the result is our own satisfying glass of madness.”

1.5 oz Smith and Cross Navy Strength Rum
0.25 oz Montenegro Amaro
Barspoon Orange Marmalade
0.25 oz Marcona Syrup
0.5 oz Café Lolita
3 dashes Honest John Cherry Chocolate Bitters

Shaken with ice. Strained. Served in a coupe.


BTG Wine Bar / Caffé Molise
63 W 100 S. Salt Lake City

Craft Cocktail: Carrasco's Cure
Mixologist: Jesse Garrett

1.5 oz Applejack Brandy
.25 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
.25 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Double strain ingredients into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

“This ought to cure what ails you- inspired by Dr. Carrasco, who eventually cures Alonso Quijana's delusions- this concoction may have done the trick.”


327 W 200 S, Salt Lake City

Craft Cocktail: They Might Be Giants
Mixologist: Natalie Hamilton

Meant to represent the reality in which our hero, Don Quixote views the world, this cocktail is surprising and full of depth and character. The world in which Don Quixote creates is a better world than the reality, and his vision gives hope to love, inspiration, and his impossible quest.
This cocktail is an escape to a better place, as sometimes we all need to see things in a different way. Sadly things don't go our way for Don Quixote, but he is remembered for seeing beauty no one else did. Don Quixote is famous for his fight against giants, which were ‘disguised’ as windmills. He's still our hero. Here's to seeing the brighter, more beautiful side of the picture.

1 oz Bourbon
1 oz Genevere
1/4 oz allspice dram
Blackberry preserves
1/4 oz canton ginger
Moroccan Spice Syrup
1/2 oz fresh lime juice

Garnish with rosemary


136 Heber Ave., Park City

Craft Cocktail: The Impossible Dream
Mixologist: Sean Palmer

1 1/4 Vida Anejo
1/2 Wahaka Mezcal
1/2 Grand Marnier
1/4 Dolan Dry Vermouth
4 Dash Scrappy's Orange Bitters
Toasted Orange Peel

This cocktail takes its name from the principal song of the opera. With the base spirits being Spanish, the flavors meld together for a clean, spirit driven experience. A winter warmer for the holiday season.


HSL (Handle Salt Lake)
418 E 200 S, Salt Lake City

Craft Cocktail: El Sancho
Mixologist: Clif Reagle

Henry Du Yores Rye
Oloroso Sherry
Caraway Simple Syrup
Sherry Vinegar

Sancho Panza was Don Quixote’s faithful squire and assistant, I named my drink in honor of him because let’s be honest … booze is a great ally in good times or bad. The Spanish sherry with the caraway and Henry DuYores rye make for a great seasonal flavor that will have you tilting your own windmills.


Pallet Bistro
237 S 400 W, Salt Lake City
801 935 4431

Craft Cocktail: Cervantes Manuscript
Mixologist: Bijan Ghiai

My cocktail for Man of la mancha is called "Cervantes Manuscript" its a pampered version of a Moscow mule with a Spanish influence 1 oz Prior Natur Vermut (A Spanish Vermouth)
1/2 oz Pussers Navy Rum
3/4 oz lime juice
1 barspoon of house made Marcona Almond saline solution
4 dashes of Matcha teapot bitters

Shaken, strained topped with ginger beer and garnished with Peychaud’s bitters. This cocktail has quite a bit going on, from the first sip to the last it is constantly changing and opening up subtle nuances. Similar to the story of Don Quixote.. kind of nutty but refreshing tale.


18 W Market St., Salt Lake City

Craft Cocktail: Little Bird
Mixologist: Richard Romney

La Guita Manzanilla Sherry
Koval Dry Gin
Calpico (a Japanese yogurt like drink)

Inspired by a recent trip to Spain where gin has reached a cult status and sherry is the stalwart. I combined these two flavors and added our Takashi spin by using the Japanese flavors of Calpico and Yuzu. Lastly, I added a bit of cinnamon in reference to the lyrics of "Little Bird, Little Bird" and also for a depth of flavor.



275 200 W, Salt Lake City
(801) 433-0589

Craft Cocktail: Tilting Windmills
Mixologists: Brian Udall & Jolly Pust

3/4 reposado tequila
3/4 green chartreuse
3/4 luxardo
3/4 oz. lime juice
2 dashes Spanish bitters

Our cocktail is a variation of "the last word" with equal parts of each ingredient. The substitution of reposado permeates the taste, giving it a dreamy feeling. It's shaken and served up, then topped with Spanish bitters. Just as Quixote's perspective transformed the usual to fantastic, we present you "tilting windmills"!

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