Church. Hiding plastic eggs for unappreciative children. Cooking a huge dinner. Putting up with painfully unlikable family members. Whatever your Easter entails this Sunday, there's a good chance you'll be ready for a stiff drink.
You wouldn't want to be the one swigging out of a paper bag on this family-oriented holiday, however (that's Uncle Buck's thing), so here are five delicious, festive cocktail recipes that'll have you doing the bunny hop before the night is over.
5. Chambord Spritzer 1 oz. Chambord 1 1/2 oz. white wine 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice Splash of club soda Twist of lemon peel (for garnish)
In a tall glass, pour the Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur), then slowly add white wine around the edges. Top with lemon juice. Add ice, then a splash of club soda and garnish with lemon peel.
4. Bellini 1 part white peach juice or purée 2 parts Prosecco
This is an easy one; sort of a classier mimosa. Combine ingredients and serve in flute glasses. To make the peach purée yourself, boil 12 ounces of white peaches with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup lemon juice and two teaspoons of sugar.
3. White Chocolate Easter-tini 1 oz. vanilla vodka 1 oz. cream 1 oz. white chocolate liqueur jellybeans 2 oz. eggnog
This isn't really the kind of drink you drink alone, so find some other lushes at the dinner table to join in.
Pour the liquids into a shaker filled with of ice and shake, then strain into a martini glass. Dropping some jellybeans into the glass to create the illusion of Easter eggs.
2. The Easter Egg 1 oz. blue Curacao 1 oz. white crème de cacao Splash of half and half
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Fill a glass half full with ice. Pour the Curacao and crème de cacao over the ice. Float the half and half on top. Do not mistakenly hide it under the plant in the living room, as this is one Easter egg you don't want the kids to find.
1. The Easter Bunny
1 1/2 oz. creme de cacao 1/2 oz. vodka 1 tsp. chocolate syrup 1 tsp. cherry brandy
Hooray, it DOES exist! Combine the crème de cacao and vodka in a shaker with ice. Strain into an old-fashion glass. Layer the top with chocolate syrup and cherry brandy.