The Utah Opera season has begun! 2016-2017 is starting off with one of the most well-known and beloved Operas, Carmen. And, for the 3rd year in a row, restaurants and bars across the city are creating amazing cocktails inspired but the story of Carmen: loyalty, jealousy, love, betrayal, passion, and violence all playing a role in this Spanish opera!

I hosted a cocktail crawl in partnership with Utah Opera, Salt Lake magazine, and Bitters Lab! We had such an amazing time visiting four of my favorite local spots, hearing about the Carmen-inspired cocktails, and making new friends. Thanks to FINCA, The Vault at Bambara, BTG Wine Bar, and HSL! The crowd of over 30 Opera and cocktail enthusiasts was wonderful!

Libretti & Libations

utahoperaccrawlHere are some photos from the crawl and the cocktails we were able to try! You can also find out who else is participating in Libretti and Libations, and create your own cocktail crawl. If you share a photo of a Carmen cocktail and use #UtahOperaSips, you will be entered to win tickets to see the show.

Carmen opened on October 8th, and you have a
limited time to see this Opera —
so make sure to get your tickets today!

FINCA — Encantada: Ransom Old Tom Gin, Licor 43 (a Spanish vanilla liquor), yellow chartreuse, lemon rose water, raspberry purée, rose petals and white chocolate rim garnish


BAMBARA — The Habanera: Publik cold pressed coffee, Cardamaro, house-made hazelnut simple syrup, bitters, heavy whipping cream

Andrew from Bambara


BTG Wine Bar
BTG Wine Bar
BTG Wine Bar
The Toreador: George Dickel Rye Whiskey, house-made Spanish spiced syrup, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, fresh lemon juice, lemon peel and maraschino cherry garnish
HSL — Deserter: Brandy de Jerez, Vermouth di Torino, Oloroso Sherry


Scott Gardner and Matt Pfohl of HSL
Scott Gardner and Matt Pfohl of HSL


What a fun afternoon!

I will be hosting more Libretti and Libations cocktail crawls
for the 2016-2017 Opera Season, so stay tuned!

Did you join us on our last crawl? Have any {kind & constructive} feedback?
Email Me!

@HeartbeatNosh | Instagram
@UtahOpera | #UtahOperaSips
@SLmag | Instagram

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