I have a pretty strong dislike of tequila. Many times, I have come across a cocktail on a restaurant or bar menu that sounded absolutely wonderful… except that it included the worm drink. Alas. Then one evening, a very wise bartender, upon seeing my sad face reaction to the menu, suggested I try pisco as a substitute for tequila. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a light or clear Peruvian brandy made from grapes.
1.5 oz pisco
¼ c watermelon
2 mint leaves
¼ tsp sugar
2 slices cucumber
Add a couple scoops of watermelon with the blackberries into a sieve. Strain out the seeds and pulp, and pour the juice into a glass.
Alternatively, if you like pulp, use a mortar & pestle to mash everything together and then pour it straight into the glass.
Muddle the mint with the sugar, and add to the glass with a squeeze of lemon. Pour in the pisco, and top off with seltzer. Stir. Garnish with blackberries and cucumber.
As yesterday was Star Wars Day, I thought it appropriate to also have a “Vadertail” with tie fighter garnish. If you don’t have an extra spaceship handy, you can create one with two slices of cucumber and a blackberry. Cheers! I hope the Fourth was with you.