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Tequila Mockingbird: 9 Broadway-Inspired Drinks You Can Make at Home

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|by Mikey Miller |


Warm up your winter with these show-themed spirits

There’s no doubt that at some point you’ve thought about or made this alcohol-inspired pun about To Kill a Mockingbird, the title of Harper Lee’s classic novel, an Aaron Sorkin-penned theatrical adaptation of which is currently running at the Shubert Theatre. (In fact, a literary-themed cocktail recipe book by the same name has been penned by Tim Federle, one of the writers of Tuck Everlasting.) In a fitting toast to this season’s theatrical offerings, we’ve rounded up some fun cocktail recipes inspired by current Broadway shows that you can make at home.

Atticus Finch would likely appreciate a strong “Tequila Mockingbird” (Photos: iStock; Julieta Cervantes)

Atticus Finch would likely appreciate a strong “Tequila Mockingbird” (Photos: iStock; Julieta Cervantes)

Tequila Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird)
In order to survive those hot summer nights in southern Alabama, Atticus Finch and his friends and neighbors needed to cool down with a strong drink, and you should, too. Mix 2 oz. of tequila, 3 or 4 blackberries, and 8 sage leaves in a cocktail shaker. Then add 1 oz. of lime juice, ½ tbsp. of simple syrup and ice. Shake well. Strain into your glass and garnish with the sage leaves. Use your newfound liquid courage to fight for what’s right.

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady)
Henry Higgins is making sure that Eliza Doolittle can speak proper English, both sober and under the influence. Pour 4 ½ oz. of prosecco, ½ oz. of raspberry liqueur, and a splash of elderflower liqueur into a champagne flute. Don’t forget to stick your pinky out.

Raise a Glass to Freedom (Hamilton)
Was King George actually upset about the colonists dumping tea into the Boston Harbor, or were there really some other drinks he liked to enjoy onboard? Pour 1 oz. of orange juice, 2 oz. of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, ½ oz. of Combine apricot liqueur and your favorite pilsner or lager into a glass. Garnish with an orange. Start a revolution.

The Sex is in the Heel (Kinky Boots)
Lola loves her shoes, but she also loves her booze. Stir 1 oz. of Tanqueray Rangpur gin, 1 oz. of Aperol and ¾ oz of Dolin Blanc vermouth in a glass. Top off with a lime twist. Say “yeah!”

Masquerade (The Phantom of the Opera)
Maybe the masquerade ball attendees would have loosened up a bit when the Phantom appeared out of nowhere if their stomachs were full of this delicious cocktail. Combine 1½ oz. of your favorite whiskey, ½ oz. of sweet vermouth, ½ oz. Amaro Nardini liqueur and Angostura bitters. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. Party at the opera!

Force of Nature (Frozen)
Even Elsa can’t let this drink go. Simmer 1½ c. of water, 1 c. of agave and 6 ¼-in. slices of fresh ginger for 45 minutes in a saucepan. Cool, strain and refrigerate. Combine 2 oz. of Herradura tequila, ¼ oz. of blue curacao, 1 oz. of fresh lime juice, 1 sprig of fresh mint and ½ oz. of the ginger-infused agave in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a glass and garnish with more mint. Build a snowman.

Cell Block Mango (Chicago)
Although Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly might be living in the era of Prohibition, this spicy cocktail was as hot as murder. Peel 1 mango, roughly chop it, and place it in a plastic bag in the freezer for an hour. Then completely blend together the mango, ¼ c. of white rum, about 1½ tbsp. of simple syrup and 1 deseeded and roughly chopped jalapeño. Add about ½ c. of club soda and stir. Garnish with jalapeño slices. Just remember: you “had it comin.’”

As Long as You’re Mint (Wicked)
This drink will “swankify” you, and make you as popular as Galinda. Combine ¼ c. of light rum, about 15 mint leaves, ¼ c. of lime juice, about 1½ tbsp. of sugar, ice, and a few drops of green food dye in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain and pour into a glass. Add some club soda, and garnish with lime slices and fresh mint. Defy gravity.

Genie in a Bottle (Aladdin)
With a beverage like this, we think the big blue magical entity would prefer the bottle to the lamp. Combine 1 egg white, ½ oz. of half and half, ¼ oz. of ginger, ¾ oz. of curry syrup, ¾ oz. of lemon juice and 2 oz. of Smith & Cross rum in a shaker. Shake and pour. Share with friends like you.

Next time you’re feeling a Broadway-inspired drink, one of these is sure to hit the spot. Additionally, many Broadway theaters sell their own show-inspired drinks, and some restaurants in the theatre district – like Don’t Tell Mama and Haswell Green’s – offer their own theater-themed cocktail creations.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in February 2019

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