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Peeping Tom

purple-hued Peeping Tom cocktail in a coupe, garnished with two yellow Peeps marshmallows
Image: / Tim Nusog

Peeps, those oddly addicting marshmallow candies that look like conjoined chicks with a staring problem, are usually the last thing left in the Easter basket. This holiday, turn them into a cocktail garnish with the Peeping Tom, a festive riff on the Aviation.

The Aviation dates back to the turn of the 20th century and features gin, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette and lemon juice. It’s a floral drink with a light purple hue courtesy of the violette liqueur. The Peeping Tom follows suit, calling for gin, creme de violette and lemon juice, but it takes its own path by skipping the maraschino liqueur in favor of simple syrup, which eliminates the classic’s bittersweet cherry notes. It also opts for Old Tom gin, a style characterized by a sweeter, maltier profile that falls somewhere between genever and London dry gin.

Shake everything together, and you get a clean drink bursting with flavors of gin, tart lemon and the floral creme de violette. All in all, it’s a pretty standard cocktail until you consider the garnish. Because sitting on the rim of your glass are two bright-yellow Peeps marshmallow candies watching your every move.

Naturally, the Peeping Tom is a good fit for Easter celebrations, so break it out for brunch or as part of an adult-friendly Easter basket. But considering Peeps’ long shelf life, you can stash a few in your pantry to use whenever you want to make this fun, festive drink.


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  • 1 1/2 ounces Old Tom gin

  • 1/2 ounce creme de violette

  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup

  • Garnish: 2 Peeps marshmallow candies


  1. Add the Old Tom gin, creme de violette, lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a coupe glass.

  3. Garnish with 2 Peeps marshmallow candies.