Cocktail & Other Recipes Occasion Spring

11 Cocktails to Make for Easter

Sweet, springlike and chocolatey, these cocktails are better than an Easter basket.

Peeping Tom cocktail
Peeping Tom Image: / Tim Nusog

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, there are a few universal benefits to reap from the occasion—specifically, cult-favorite candies such as chocolate bunnies, Cadbury Creme Eggs, bunny- and chick-shaped Peep marshmallows, and egg-shaped Whopper chocolate malt balls.

But if you’d rather indulge in cocktails than candy, we’ve rounded up some floral, vibrant and pastel-colored cocktails—and sure, a chocolate indulgence or three—just perfect for your boozy Easter basket or Sunday afternoon.

  • Easter Bunny Shot

    Easter Bunny Shot / Tim Nusog

    The unconventional drinking vessel called for in this strawberry-milk-inspired shot will put your chocolate Easter bunny to its very best use. The drink calls for fresh strawberries to be muddled with a bit of simple syrup before adding a mix of vanilla vodka, Irish cream liqueur and heavy cream, then shaking to frothy perfection. 

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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 egg white, with several drops of Angostura bitters as a garnish. It is light, fluffy and floral and looks as pretty as it tastes. 

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  • Bear With Me, Honey

    Bear With Me, Honey
    Sydell Group

    This elevated Gin Sour is a play on the classic cocktail Bee’s Knees. It’s made with a base of Barr Hill Tom Cat gin, a craft gin from Vermont that’s made with a touch of raw honey, in addition to orange liqueur, honey syrup, verjus, egg white and saline solution. Serve it in an empty bear-shaped honey bottle as a cutesy yet clever touch to make it live up to its name.

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  • Rhubarb Fix

    Rhubarb fix / Tim Nusog

    A fix is a style of cocktail that mixes a spirit, lemon juice and some type of sweet fruit, served short over crushed or cracked ice. This cocktail builds on the standard template by splitting its gin base with a briny manzanilla sherry before adding a sweet-tart rhubarb syrup and lemon juice to the shaken mix. The recipe calls for it to be garnished with mint, but you can use lemon (as a wheel, wedge or peel), edible flowers or all of the above. The rhubarb syrup renders the drink a pale pink, the perfect hue for Easter.

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  • Cadbury Creme Egg

    Cadbury Creme Egg / Tim Nusog

    A chocolate rim, chocolate shavings and a mini creme egg garnish sweeten this take on a Brandy Alexander made with vanilla vodka, sweet and herbaceous yellow Chartreuse, white creme de cacao and heavy cream. The creme egg is optional, of course, but it does add an appropriately holiday-themed touch.

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  • Eau de Lavender

    Eau de Lavender / Tim Nusog

    In this drink, tequila joins the Bee’s Knees formula with lemon juice and honey syrup before being augmented with floral lavender bitters and an egg white for texture. With these flavors plus a delightfully foamy texture, this cocktail is spring in a glass.

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  • 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 (occasionally cognac), freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, finished with a generous pour of sparkling wine, ideally Champagne. It’s a sophisticated refresher that’s easy to love.

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  • Rosemary & Rhubarb

    Rosemary & Rhubarb / Tim Nusog

    The name of this drink basically says it all. The recipe calls for a base of vodka (you can use gin instead if you prefer), rhubarb syrup and lemon juice shaken with sprigs of rosemary. The garnish is a fancy apple fan to make the pretty pink cocktail even lovelier.

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  • Toblerone

    Toblerone cocktail / Tim Nusog

    If there wasn’t enough chocolate in your Easter basket, this cocktail, inspired by the famed Swiss bar, is equally indulgent. Reminiscent of a Mudslide, it combines Kahlúa, Frangelico, Baileys Irish cream, honey syrup and heavy cream, plus shaved Toblerone chocolate and a chocolate syrup rim. 

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  • Lavender Honey Cream

    Lavender Honey Cream cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Beautiful, rich and delicately flavored, this cocktail is an ideal spring nightcap. It mixes Square One botanical spirit (think gin without the juniper), heavy cream and an egg white with a lavender-infused honey syrup for a fresh and frothy drink. Finish it off with lavender blossoms for a beautiful and fragrant garnish. 

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  • Peeping Tom

    Peeping Tom cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Peeps might be the most polarizing Easter candy, but you can’t argue with the level of cuteness that they bring to the basket—or to a cocktail, in this case. If you’ve ever had an Aviation, a floral purple-hued gin sour, this cocktail’s recipe will likely sound familiar. Playing off the name of the drink, the recipe is based with an Old Tom-style gin that’s paired with familiar components: creme de violette, lemon juice and simple syrup (rather than maraschino cherry liqueur). The cocktail is garnished with two Peeps for holiday flair.

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