delish.com – Christian Borle may play Willy Wonka on Broadway, but behind the scenes at the Lunt-Fontanne theater, the real candy man — at least as far as cocktails are concerned — is bar manager Andrew Benvenuti. He dreamed up the seven specialty drinks on the menu, all of which pay homage to the story in the sweetest way possible.
The riff on Roald Dahl’s classic novel — about a boy who gets one of five golden tickets into the famed-yet-fictional Wonka chocolate factory — has been on Broadway for months, but its Chocolate Bar (AKA concession stand) is the hidden gem people have totally overlooked. Until now. The entire menu seems guided by one oh-so-quotable line from the 1971 movie: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” There’s the Golden Ticket, a mix of rum and bubble gum frozen mix; Violet’s Revenge, a blend of gin, blueberry monin, and club soda; even a Wonk-Rita, a riff on a marg that tastes more like a spiked Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino.
None mess with your head quite like the Chocolate Schnozzberry, a nod to the flavored wallpaper everyone licks in the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. (Though, in the film, it’s a “snozzberry,” which some say is a euphemism for ‘penis,’ based on a one-liner about grabbing a man by his snozzberry in a book Dahl wrote in 1979.) This one looks like a typical vodka cranberry, only it has a smooth chocolate aftertaste, thanks to the Creme de Cacao and chocolate vodka used.