Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Spring

The 15 Best Easter Cocktails

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Bunny Mary / Tim Nusog

You’re arguably never too old for an Easter basket, but a much more grown-up treat is a well-made drink. Whether you’re looking for fresh spring cocktails, brunch-friendly spritzes, or dessert drinks to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll find the perfect recipe on this list.

  • French 75

    French 75 cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    The French 75 has taken on various forms since its creation during Prohibition. The most modern version is arguably the best: a combination of gin (or occasionally cognac), freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup, finished with a generous pour of sparkling wine.

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  • Hugo Spritz

    Hugo Spritz / Tim Nusog

    Top muddled mint and St-Germain with prosecco and soda water, and you have this refreshing, floral, and low-proof spritz. It’s ideal for brunch or any springtime occasion.

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  • Bee’s Knees

    Bee's Knees cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    This simple and delicious Prohibition-era cocktail combines gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup. The honey may have been used to used to mask poor-quality gin at the time of its creation, but in modern times it helps produce a drink that is slightly richer than a classic Gin Sour.

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  • Reverse Martini

    Reverse Martini in a Nick & Nora, sherry-style glass, with dropped olive garnish on marble background / Tim Nusog

    Martinis for Easter brunch? It’s not a crazy idea when you reverse the ratio of gin to vermouth, creating a lower-proof cocktail that’s well-suited to day drinking. The increased ratio of vermouth also makes this variation a great option for those looking to experiment with artisanal bottles.

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  • Aperol Spritz

    Aperol Spritz / Tim Nusog

    This gently bittersweet crowd-pleaser is easy to mix on the spot. Just remember the 3-2-1 formula: three parts prosecco, two parts Aperol, and one part club soda.

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  • Absinthe Suisesse

    Absinthe Suissesse cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This traditional New Orleans brunch cocktail evokes a Ramos Gin Fizz, but comes together much more quickly. Shaking absinthe, white creme de menthe, orgeat, heavy cream, an egg white, and a dash of orange flower water produces an herbaceous and gently rich drink.

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  • Rhubarb Fix

    Rhubarb Fix cocktail / Tim Nusog

    A fix is a style of cocktail that includes a spirit, lemon juice, and fruit, served short over crushed or cracked ice. This variation splits the classic gin base with a briny manzanilla sherry and adds a sweet-tart rhubarb syrup for spring flair.

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  • Lavender Honey Cream

    Lavender Honey Cream cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Rich and delicately flavored, this lovely cocktail is the perfect spring nightcap. The fresh and frothy drink mixes Square One botanical spirit (think gin without the juniper), heavy cream, and an egg white with a lavender-infused honey syrup.

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  • Pisco Sour

    Pisco Sour / Tim Nusog

    This classic cocktail, the national drink of Peru, features a blend of pisco, lime juice, simple syrup, and an egg white, garnished with drops of Angostura bitters. The light and aromatic drink tastes as good as it looks.

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  • Cadbury Creme Egg

    Cadbury Creme Egg / Tim Nusog

    Take cues from your Easter basket and shake up this Brandy Alexander riff. The unabashedly decadent drink combines vanilla vodka, sweet and herbaceous yellow Chartreuse, white creme de cacao, and heavy cream.

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  • Bunny Mary

    Bunny Mary / Tim Nusog

    Fans of savory cocktails will love this herbaceous Bloody Mary riff from bartender Rob Krueger. He combines aquavit or vodka with carrot juice, honey syrup, lemon juice, caper brine, and hot sauce.

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  • Eau de Lavender

    Eau de Lavender / Tim Nusog

    Lavender bitters complement a combination of tequila, lemon juice, and honey syrup in this spring-ready cocktail. Shaking the ingredients with an egg white gives the drink its silky and luscious texture.

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  • Rosemary & Rhubarb

    Rosemary & Rhubarb / Tim Nusog

    This sweet-tart cocktail from bartending veteran Charlotte Voisey calls for apple vodka, rhubarb syrup, lemon juice, and fresh rosemary. The impressive apple fan garnish is easier to create than it appears.

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  • Aquavit Buck

    Aquavit Buck / Tim Nusog

    A carrot cordial fortified with Grand Marnier plays off the Scandinavian spirit aquavit and a spicy ginger syrup in this Gin Buck riff from bartender Zachary Faden. Topped with club soda, it’s a refreshing addition to any Easter spread.

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  • Chocolate Martini

    Chocolate Martini cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Skip the chocolate bunny and shake up this cocktail that doubles as dessert. The rich combination includes chocolate liqueur, vodka, creme de cacao, and half-and-half.

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