A Not-Too-Sweet Southern Spritzer

October 2015
Photographs by: 
Lisa Livingston
Tupelo Honey’s Violet Beauregarde is fierce and fruity

With its unashamed Asheville sensibilities, the growing chain of Tupelo Honey Cafe restaurants ventured out of the mountains of Western North Carolina to add a location at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Renovating and reimagining the space once occupied by the Tommy Bahama restaurant, Tupelo Honey’s bar is a showcase of innovation. Countless craft beers on tap and specialty handcrafted liquor drinks are just a few of the novelties.

The top shelf Violet Beauregarde Champagne cocktail perfectly captures the Southerness and creativity of Tupelo Honey as created by Tyler Alford, the brand’s Asheville-based sommelier and corporate beverage manager. “The drink is inspired by Violet from the Willy Wonka story,” explains local bar manager Sonny Miksa.

The lightly lavender-hued drink is a twist on the mimosa and contains Southern-made vodka, St. Germaine (Elderflower) Liqueur, fruit juice and frozen blueberries, combined to create a light, refreshing and not- too-sweet anytime drink. Stop by Tupelo Honey and ask bartender Carly Rowen (pictured above) to make one you (or two). Or if you want to try this at home, here’s how:

How to Make a Violet Beauregarde

October 2015

Build in a Champagne flute the sparkling wine and blueberries. Place the remaining ingredients in an ice shaker with ice. Shake well and strain slowly into the Champagne, garnish with a mint sprig.



1/2 ounce General Beauregard Dixie Vodka
1/2 ounce St. Germaine Liqueur
1 1/2 ounces blueberry puree fruit juice
3 ounces Wycliff Sparkling Wine
1 teaspoon frozen blueberries

This not-too-sweet spritzer is perfect for any time.