The Metropolitan Opera House hosted it’s third annual one-of-a-kind mixology competition on March 15th, 2012, to celebrate their upcoming performance of Verdi’s MacBeth. Based on the play by Shakespeare, this classic opera tells the corrupt tale of a man who kills the king in order to overtake his throne and then must continue to murder other in order to keep it. The tragic and bloody story offers the perfect opportunity to create a “witches’ brew” cocktail competition combining unique cocktails and grand opera.
Six leading New York mixologists competed to make a signature cocktail inspired by the gory, supernatural atmosphere of MacBeth. This year’s contestants included:
- James Menite (The Crown)
- St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance)
- Pamela Wiznitzer (The King)
- Sash Petraske (Milk & Honey)
- Meaghan Doorman (Raines Law Room) *WINNER!
- Michael Neff (Ward III)
Held at the Revlon Bar on the Grand Tier prior to the opening night performance of Macbeth, event creator and host Allen Katz served a special themed cocktail and invited a special audience of Met patrons. The six entries were judged by columnist and author of The Bartender’s Bible Gary “Gaz” Regan, Lynnette Marrero, a mixologist and the two-time winner of the previous contests, and Bryn Terfel, who currently stars in the Met’s production of Don Giovanni.
The winner of the contest was Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room who used a combination of several spirits including Lillet, a French aperitif wine, to concoct her winning libation. MacBeth stars Thomas Hampson in the title role and Nadja Michael in her Met debut as Lady Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s production is conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. There are seven performances of the opera, so catch it before it ends on April 9!
Photos courtesy of Ron Berard/Metropolitan Opera