Happy Wine Wednesday!
Well it’s that time of week again, and a day…
When we think of Easter we usually tend to associate it with kids hunting for candy and chocolate the Easter Bunny left behind. But what about the adults? They need to enjoy this holiday as well (besides stealing some of their kids candy).
I for one have always been a huge fan of this holiday – the competitive nature, hunting for candy and eating it, then enjoying a nice brunch – with some beverages. Well this year we are telling you to enjoy your candy, but why not enjoy it in a drink too?
Here is a collection of Easter inspired cocktails you can enjoy while the kids hunt for eggs, or if you’re throwing a spring-themed brunch or get together with family and friends.
1. Tokyo Ice Tea
This recipe is similar to a Long Island Iced Tea, but with a few minor adjustments. Unlike the long island, the colour of this drink is so fun and perfect for any garden party or to trick the kids into thinking it’s kool-aid, “adult style”.
-1 ounce vodka
-1 ounce gin
-1 ounce rum
-1 ounce tequila
-2 ounces kiwi liqueur
-1 teaspoon superfine sugar
Pour all ingredients (except the 7-Up) into a chilled old-fashioned glass filled halfway with ice. Fill up the rest with 7-up, stir gently, and garnish with a kiwi round or muddle in some kiwi chunks.
2. Sparkling Jelly Bean Martini
Similar to your skittles flavoured vodka – which would also work as a great Easter drink (although you’d have to steal some skittles ahead of time) this martini is a fun and festive way to celebrate and consume all those jelly beans you’ll be finding all over the house.
-1 ounce jelly bean-infused vodka*
-3 ounces Champagne
-1 lemon wedge
Pour the vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake to chill. Now add the champagne squeeze the lemon wedge into the shaker. Stir gently, and strain into a glass.
*To make the jelly bean-infused vodka (or skittles vodka), place 1/2 cup of vodka and 1/4 cup of jelly beans in a glass jar/jug for about 24-48 hours. Strain. This makes about 4 ounces. (Use 1 color of jelly beans for best results.)
3. Speckled Egg Mimosas
Nothing says Easter like mini eggs! Am I right? Well there are many variations, eggies, speckled egg candies, chocolate – you name it. Whatever your preference is use that. This drink may not be everyone’s cup-of-tea but it can also be a fun mocktail for the kids.
Recipe: (make 4-6 mimosas)
-1/2 c. sugar
-2 c. water
-1 bottle of champagne (use sparkling water, or 7-up for kids version)
-1 bag of speckled egg candies
-1 handful of edible flowers for garnish (this can be omitted based on preference)
Place three speckled eggs in the bottom of each glass. Top each glass with about one shot of blackberry simple syrup (bring water to a boil, add sugar, then blackberries once sugar has dissolved). Fill the remaining portion of the glass with champagne/sparkling water or pop and then top with edible flowers.
4. Marshmallow Peep Martini
If you’re like me – you will have a love-hate relationship with these weird furry and super bright marshmallow bunnies and chicks. However, add them in with some alcohol and you’ll be loving this new drink.
Recipe: (Serves one)
-1-1/2 ounces fluffed marshmallow vodka
-1/2 ounce vanilla syrup, plus extra for rim
-1 ounce cream
-1 Peep bunny or chick
For the rim of the glass, pour a small amount of the vanilla syrup (or chocolate syrup) onto a plate, dip the rim of the glass into it and then into sugar. Pour vodka, syrup, cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass. Garnish with a peep.
5. Caramel Cadbury Egg Martini
It’s not likely you’ll need dessert after you have this drink – then again you may be crashing from all that candy you’ve been nibbling on, so may as well get your sugar buzz going again. If you love Cadbury Caramel Eggs this will be your new go-to.
Recipe: (serves one)
–1-1/2 ounces Baileys Crème Caramel
-1/2 ounce crème de cacao
-1 ounce caramel syrup
-1 ounce cream
-1/2 tablespoon Hershey’s chocolate syrup, plus extra for rim
First drizzle the chocolate syrup around the inside rim of a glass – there is no right way to do this. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until the syrup is completely mixed with the rest of the liquids. Strain into a glass. Garnish with a marshmallow, or chocolate egg.