News from Nibelheim: My “Gift” to Ring Fans

Voss-FrancescaZambello-21FINAL_cropMany drinks are consumed in Wagner’s operas—and as my personal “Gift” to you, let me introduce my series of special recipes to salute these delightful libations!

(Now, remember that “Gift” in German means poison. So some of these drinks can get you really hammered. Over the next few weeks, I will offer some that are with alcohol, and some without!)

For our first beverage, remember in those old 19th-century etchings when you see a group of hunters dressed in armor with those funny helmets, and they’re always toasting each other with big copper mugs? What do you think they were drinking? I made up a cocktail to match the image and I’ve called it the “Sturm und Drang,” which literally means “Storm and Drive” or “Storm and Urge.” It’s based on other drinks we know, but with ginger beer.

The Sturm und Drang

  • 4 ounces organic ginger beer (don’t use chemicals!)
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 lime for garnish

Put all liquids in a shaker and shake.

Keep copper mugs in the freezer.

Pour drink over ice in a frozen mug.

Garnish with lime.


– Francesca Zambello, WNO Artistic Director and Ring director

Copper Mug