Tuesday, April 18, 2017

(Bar) Crawl Like Shakespeare

April 23rd is Shakespeare’s birthday! What better way to celebrate than to grab a drink? Nebraska Shakespeare is partnering with a number of local bars and breweries to let you commemorate the day with Shakespeare inspired menu options.

Drinking was the norm in Elizabethan England (mostly because it was not safe to drink water), and the bard was no exception. Shakespeare’s father, at one time, was even the official ale-taster for Stratford-upon-Avon. And every one of Shakespeare’s plays has a reference to alcohol, a number including memorable drinkers, from Merry Wives’ Falstaff (who favors “a cup of sack”), to Twelfth Night’s Toby Belch.


What did Shakespeare himself drink? In Elizabethan England, Ale and Beer were readily available, but according to Theodora Sutcliffe, these were stronger, sweeter, and darker than what we drink today, and beers were more bitter than ales. Based on the references to a range of wines in Shakespeare’s writing, Sutcliffe goes on to assert that Shakespeare likely also drank imported wines and mead. Cocktails were not around, but he did have access to mixed drinks like posset and caudles, which were popular for their supposed medicinal properties.


Tastes have changed over the years so we’ll spare you the posset and caudle (typically consisting of heated wine or ale combined with milk, eggs, bread). Instead, we’ve got more modern recommendations for toasting the day.




Here are a handful of drinks inspired by Shakespeare and where to get them:




"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S MULE"

Our friends at Brickway are mixing a mule worthy of Bottom himself.


What’s in it:

∎ Brickway Gin
∎ Brickway Ginger Beer
∎ Fresh Lime Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit our friends at Brickway Brewery (1116 Jackson St, Omaha, NE) all day on April 23rd.
Bonus Bargain:
Brickway is also offering $4 Session Series Beers for those who Talk Like Shakespeare when ordering on April 23rd.



"HAMLET"

There's nothing melancholy about this cocktail the team at Benson Brewery is mixing up!


What's in it:

 1.5 oz Vodka
 0.5 oz Contratto
 2 oz Orange Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit Benson Brewery (6059 Maple St, Omaha, NE) on Talk Like Shakespeare Day!



"KATE'S SHREWDRIVER"

This one's perfect for transitioning from Brunch to Sunday Fun-Day (if you need a reason).


 1.5 oz Vodka

 6 oz Orange Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit Crescent Moon (36th and Farnam, Omaha, NE).


"LADY MACBETH"

You can't talk Shakespeare's leading ladies without including one so notable as Lady M.


What's in it:

 Strawberry Vodka
 7-Up
 Sweet and Sour

Where you can get it:

Visit Crescent Moon (36th and Farnam, Omaha, NE).




"(MERRY WIVES OF) WINDSOR SOUR"

Corkscrew is bringing you a drink sure to keep you merry.

What's in it:

 Windsor Whiskey
 Lemon juice
 Simple Syrup
 (Optional) Cherry for garnish.

Where you can get it:

Celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare day at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese (3908 Farnam St, Omaha, NE).



WANT MORE MACBETH?  TRY "THE WEIRD SISTERS' WIT"

Farnam House Brewing Company is offering a Witbier for Talk Like Shakespeare Day.

5.4% ABV
∎ 20 IBU


Where you can get it:
Visit Farnam House Brewing Company (3558 Farnam St, Omaha, NE).  They recommend you pair it with a pretzel.


"FALSTAFFINATION"

A fat, vain, and boastful beer brought to you by Upstream.
 Scotch Ale
 6.6% ABV
 8 IBU

Where you can get it:
Visit Upstream Brewing Company (514 S 11th St, Omaha, NE).




MEAD

Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a drink the Bard himself (likely) drank.


What's in it:

Mead is the oldest beverage known to man, made from pure honey that is fermented, then adding fruit or spices.

Where you can get it:

Moonstruck Meadery (2221 Madison St, Bellevue, NE) will be offering Cranberry and Plum Mead on Talk Like Shakespeare Day.



DRINK AND SHAKESPEARE RESPONSIBLY.  



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