I don’t know about you, but I was SUPER bummed to hear about the passing of Gene Wilder this week. My dad was a huge fan of his, so much of my childhood was spent either watching his movies or reciting his countless (genius) one-liners. And since I can only imagine my dad and Gene are having drinks together right now, I was inspired to create a drink in his honor: The Beauregarde.
Based on the movie that first introduced me to Wilder, my take on the classic Moscow Mule (my fav!) muddles fresh blueberries (remember that iconic Willy Wonka scene with Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry?) with mint, Meyer lemon juice, Pisco Porton (a Peruvian brandy), and finished with my homemade ginger beer. And to top it off, for Mr. “Candy Man” Willy Wonka: candied ginger.
Yields 1 cocktail
- ½ oz. Meyer lemon juice (tastes like a cross between a lemon and a mandarin)
- 5-8 mint leaves
- large handful of blueberries (about 30)
- 2 oz. Pisco Porton
- 6 oz. homemade ginger beer (or store bought)
- 1 small piece candied ginger
Muddle blueberries, mint, and Meyer lemon juice (lemon or lime will work too) in a cocktail shaker. Add Pisco Porton to shaker with a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with blueberries, mint, and candied ginger.
If you’re not a huge fan of vodka-based drinks, try Pisco Porton. It’s smooth enough to sip on its own and sweet enough to contrast the ginger beer.