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Pour Me A Mozart

Pour Me A Mozart

By Aja Majkrzak
Making classical music fun! The story behind the music paired with a tasty beverage. What are you drinkening to?
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 part 2
The long awaited season finale, part 2 (movement 4) of Beethoven's incredible 9th Symphony. Kelsey and I discuss our favorite moments and answer the question, "how are Beethoven and tequila alike?" Margarita: 2 oz tequila, 1 oz orange liqueur (I used grand marnier), 0.5 oz simple syrup, 1.5 oz lime juice, shake, pour over fresh ice With special guest Kelsey Farr Become a Patreon member for $3/month at
September 04, 2020
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake
Today's episode is a discussion of obsessions: mine with Tchaikovsky and Mick's with Coke Zero #notsponsored Tchaikovsky's writing for Swan Lake was not well received at the time of its premiere, but it has set the standard for the music people expect to hear at the ballet.  This was another episode without any alcohol. While it is fun to indulge and discover new flavors, it is important to also drink responsibly. With special guest Mick Lunzer
August 28, 2020
Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 94 "Surprise"
Haydn was a pretty important guy, he's known as the father of the string quartet AND the symphony. Some call him "Papa" I guess. My brother joins me to talk about this really old music while drinking old fashioneds. Wisconsin old fashioned: build in the glass - muddle an orange slice, cherry, and sugar cube, add 2 (or 3) oz whiskey or brandy, add ice, stir, add a couple dashes of Angostura bitters, and enjoy! With special guest Elan Majkrzak
August 21, 2020
Hector Berlioz - Harold in Italy
The world's longest viola joke, Harold in Italy. But really, it's an amazing piece of music that gets better and better every time you hear it. Peroni - an Italian beer. Open the bottle and enjoy! With special guest Chris Lowry Please leave a rating and/or comment on iTunes
August 14, 2020
Bedrich Smetana - Quartet No. 1 "From My Life"
Patty is back! To talk about two lesser known classics, Pimm's cup and Smetana's "From My Life" Pimm's cup: pour 2 oz Pimm's no. 1 into a glass with ice, then fill the glass with ginger ale or lemon lime soda. Garnish at your own risk (what does that mean?? Listen to the episode to find out!) With special guest Patty Ryan
August 07, 2020
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5
One of the most amazing things about music is belonging to a community that allows you to connect with new people from all over the country (and world)! Meghan and I discuss our love for Mozart and some of the challenges with the piece. All while drinking gin martinis. Martini: 2 oz gin, 1 oz dry vermouth, dash orange bitters, stir and pour into a martini glass. (Disclaimer - you can really do it however you want, this is just how I made mine) With special guest Meghan Todt Williams
July 31, 2020
Felix Mendelssohn - String Octet
Dare I say this is one of the coolest pieces of chamber music written for string instruments? Brilliant writing, lots to do for everyone, easy to listen to, and engaging. I hope you enjoy it! Gold rush: 2 ounces Bourbon, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce honey syrup. Shake and strain into a coupe glass With special guest Alicia Monroe
July 24, 2020
Antonin Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B minor
My first international guest, LaTannia, joins me to honor her late father with one of his favorite pieces. She also created the drink for this episode, the cello-cello (for limoncello and a cello concerto). Cello-cello: 4 strawberries, 0.5 oz lime juice, 1 oz limoncello, prosecco. Muddle the strawberries, add lime juice and limoncello, shake, strain into a glass, and top with your bubbly! With special guest LaTannia Ellerbe
July 17, 2020
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 6 "Tragic"
Eri Isomura joins me to talk about what it's like to be a percussionist and...the Mahler hammer! Our drink today comes from Hammerheart Brewery in Lino Lakes, MN. Visit their website to see where you can find their beer in Minnesota (and Chicago and Kentucky coming soon!) With special guest Eri Isomura Support the podcast at
July 10, 2020
Georges Bizet - Carmen
Learn a tiny bit about opera and A LOT about tequila! As a former bartender at a tequila bar, Dianne has a plethora of knowledge to share about tequila. Mexican Mule: 2 oz tequila, two lime wedges, ginger beer. Muddle limes, add tequila and ginger beer, and enjoy! With special guest Dianne VanderPlaats
July 03, 2020
Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
My Dad and I talk about the original rockstar from the 1700's, Antonio Vivaldi. Also, how does a drink with Scotch match up with an Italian composer? You'll just have to listen to find out! The Godfather - 2 parts Scotch to 1 part amaretto (you get to choose how big this drink is) With special guest Darrell Majkrzak Become a Patreon member for only $3/month!
June 26, 2020
Ludwig van Beethoven - "Moonlight" Sonata
Do you think of doves when you think of moonlight? Okay, maybe it was a stretch. BUT my best friend and I decided to drink  palomas ("dove" in Spanish) while listening to Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata. Paloma: 2 oz Tequila, 2 oz grapefruit juice, 1 oz lime juice, 1/2 oz cilantro simple syrup - shake, strain over ice, then top with some grapefruit soda (we used lacroix) With special guest Brianne Perreten
June 19, 2020
Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 2
The dramatic end to Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite. As a composer who is largely ignored in music school, I sure learned some interesting facts about Grieg from my mom! What surprised you about his adult life? Nordic Summer recipe from 2oz aquavit, 1 oz Aperol, 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake with ice, then strain into a coupe glass With special guest Katherine Majkrzak
June 12, 2020
Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
My mom is back to discuss music and booze that comes from our Norwegian heritage. [part 1/2] This week's drink comes from Sunrise Over The Fjord: 1 oz aquavit, 1.5 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, 0.5 oz brown sugar syrup (the recipe says 1 teaspoon), shake then pour into a champagne flute and fill with bubbly We both made substitutions, you'll have to listen to find out what those were With special guest Katherine Majkrzak
May 29, 2020
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4
Two violinists discuss Russian music while drinking vodka. The cosmo I made with what I had at home: 1.5 oz raspberry vodka, 0.5 oz grand marnier, 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.25 oz chambord, shake, pour, enjoy! Traditional cosmo: 1.5 oz vodka, 0.5 oz triple sec, 0.5 oz lime juice, splash of cranberry juice With special guest Christian Zamora
May 22, 2020
Antonin Dvorak - "American" Quartet
One of the great string quartets: lovely moments for all instruments, exciting key changes, driving rhythm, and best of all it was written right here in the heart of the US. Brown Derby: 2 oz bourbon, 1 oz grapefruit juice, 0.5 oz honey syrup, shake with ice, pour and enjoy! With special guest Patty Ryan
May 15, 2020
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 part 1
Beethoven's 9th symphony will open and close Pour Me A Mozart's second season. Today you can hear excerpts from the first three movements.  Because this is recorded remotely, Min and I were not drinking the same thing. I guess you'll just have to listen to hear what the drinks are! With special guest Min Lee
May 08, 2020
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto
Season 1 concludes with some of my favorites: music, cook book, and my best friend! Tchaikovsky's violin concerto is a pinnacle of any violinist's career and the more I learn about it the more fascinating it is. Hot mulled spiked cider: 5 cups apple cider/juice, orange slices, fresh ginger, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice, simmer for 4 minutes, add 1 cup rum or bourbon (visit the patron page to support season 2)
February 28, 2020
J. S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
My friend, and fellow violinist, Lindsey and I discuss music by the one and only Johann Sebastian Bach. Who knew music from the 1700s could sound so metal? Paired with the Bijou because I wanted to talk about Chartreuse when Bach finally made an appearance on the podcast. 1.5 oz gin, .75 oz sweet vermouth, .75 oz green Chartreuse, two dashes orange bitters. Stir, pour into a chilled martini glass, garnish with an orange peel. With special guest Lindsey Bordner
February 21, 2020
Gabriel Faure - Requiem
Happy Valentine's Day! Impress your sweetheart with a cocktail and some beautiful music. Callie and I get crafty with drinks and choir....y with music. After working together at a craft cocktail bar we share some tips about visiting a high end establishment and some insight on Faure's beautiful Requiem. Sidecar: 2 oz cognac, 1/2 oz cointreau, 3/4 oz lemon juice, 1/4 oz simple syrup, shake with ice, garnish with an orange twist (recipe from Death & Co.) With special guest Callie Langenhorst
February 14, 2020
Antonin Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
A favorite piece of mine that I got to share with my friend Jillian. As former bartenders we challenged ourselves with possibly the most complicated drink recipe to appear on the podcast, a Ramos Gin Fizz: 1 egg white, 1.5 oz gin, .5 oz lemon juice, .5 oz simple syrup, 2-3 drops orange blossom water, dash of vanilla, shake, top with soda water, enjoy! With special guest Jillian Skoog
February 07, 2020
Franz Schubert - Death and the Maiden
Happy 223rd birthday Schubert! Patty and I talk about one of our all time favorite pieces of music while we drink negronis. We hope it's a new favorite for you too. Negroni: 1.5 oz gin (we used Hendrick's), 1.5 oz Campari, 1.5 oz sweet vermouth (we used Cocchi) With special guest Patty Ryan Patreon page -
January 31, 2020
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker
A musician and a dancer talk about one of the most well recognized ballets of all time while drinking a cocktail called a nutcracker. There isn't a specific recipe for this drink but here's what we did: 1 oz Bacardi gold rum, .5 oz vodka, .5 oz Southern Comfort, 3 oz pineapple juice, .5 oz Rose's lime juice. Shake, pour, and enjoy! With special guest Samantha Bretz Beatboxing flute - Support season 2 -
January 24, 2020
The Brass Family
I'm solo this week talking about a golden drink and gold colored instruments. The pieces included in today's episode are below some very important links: Patreon page - Golden Milk recipe - Introduction: Tchaikovsky Symphony 4, Trumpet: Brahms Symphony 2, Trombone: Mahler Symphony 3, French Horn: Dvorak Symphony 9
January 17, 2020
WoO Beethoven!
We all love Beethoven, but on this episode we say "woo" a lot. Why? Well, when a great composer leaves behind unpublished pieces of music someone has to categorize them somehow, and the WoO (Worke ohne Opus) numbering system was born.  Woo woo: 2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz peach Schnapps, as much cranberry juice as you like With special guest Patty Ryan
January 10, 2020
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1 "Titan"
Happy New Year! I'm joined again by my friend Steven to drink Malbec while talking about Mahler. We hear the beginnings of Mahler's world as an orchestral experience. With special guest Steven Anbro
January 03, 2020
Camille Saint-saens - Symphony No. 3 "Organ"
I'm here with my best friend to talk about a composer who was actually appreciated in his time. This beautiful piece of music is a great way to end the decade. Raspberry martini: 2.5 oz raspberry vodka, 0.5 oz Grand Marnier, shake, pour, and drink responsibly With special guest Brianne Perreten
December 27, 2019
Claude Debussy - Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Hannah and I talk about our upcoming recital (link to tickets below), the harp, and what it means to be a chamber musician. Plus you get to hear some more Debussy. The season of sickness is upon us! We chose to have hot toddies because they are so soothing for a sore throat. Hot toddy: 2 oz whiskey, 1 oz lemon juice, .5 oz honey, fill your mug with hot water
December 20, 2019
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"
I have another very special guest this week, my mom! Our first guest to talk about both Mozart and wine (which both the title and logo of the show suggest will be the only subjects). Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" is Mozart's last. My mom did all my homework for me this week and gives a really great history about Mozart and has great things to say about this piece. New Your Sour: 2 oz Rye whiskey or bourbon, 3/4 oz simple syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, 1 egg white (we used aquafaba), 1/2 oz red wine
December 13, 2019
Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibitition
I'm here today with my dad discussing how some music that is perfect for rock and roll made some pretty substandard paintings come to life. White Russian (another variation on the original): 2 oz vodka, 1/2 oz Kahlua, a splash of cream, and you're done! With special guest Darrell Majkrzak
December 06, 2019
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 4
Brahms' beautiful fourth symphony. Accompanied by visualization, a Honey Bourbon Smash, and cats! What pictures does this music bring up in your mind's eye? Honey Bourbon Smash: 1.5 oz Barenjager honey whiskey, 5 blackberries, 3 orange slices, muddled, shaken, then topped with soda water. With special guest Roxanne Merriman
November 29, 2019
Claude Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
A piece that is only ten minutes long but full of emotion, beauty, and orchestral color. We paired music by the French composer with a French 75. With special guest Kelsey Farr
November 22, 2019
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5
Beethoven's very famous fifth symphony ( know the one). But wait, there's more! The beautiful, sometimes dark, and ultimately triumphant second, third, and fourth movements.  Introducing the listener challenge: how can you connect the mojito with Beethoven? With special guest Steven Anbro
November 15, 2019
Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov - Scheherazade
The story of the 1001 Arabian nights set to music by Russian composer Rimsky Korsakov. Shipwrecks, whales that become islands, and a drink that's a "last desperate grasp of summer." With special guest Laura Christopher
November 08, 2019
Hector Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
A story about drugs, murder, capital punishment, and witches. Oh and love. With special guest Shane Hawley
October 30, 2019