Get your bonnets and bunny ears ready; Easter is fast approaching, and those baskets aren’t going to fill themselves! Between egg hunts and the mounds of sweets, the holiday is a lot of fun for the kids, but it’s important to remember to have some adult treats, too. No matter what you gave up for the 40 days of Lent (or how well you stuck to that commitment), now’s the time to celebrate by indulging in a hearty Sunday brunch—cocktails included.
So whether you’re making a lamb roast or French toast, here are five delicious drinks to compliment your Easter meal. They’re so good, you’ll want to fix them even if you’re not observing the holiday. Cheers!
This bourbon tipple from Liquor.com advisory board member and bar owner Julie Reiner is a refreshing Easter treat. Triple sec, orange juice and simple syrup are a sweet trio, while cranberry juice adds a hint of tartness and whiskey keeps it honest (and not too fruity).
Hosting a crowd? New Orleans bartender Abigail Gullo’s take on the classic Brandy Milk Punch is nothing short of delicious. Spiced rum provides just enough of a kick while simple syrup, vanilla extract and milk make this rich drink the perfect brunch beverage. And don’t forget to use fresh cinnamon and nutmeg! It makes all the difference.
Whether you’re hosting Easter festivities or enjoying a spring brunch, the Bellini is the ideal drink—one taste and you’ll know why it’s a classic. Just mix together some fresh white peach puree and prosecco to create this simple recipe, which according to lore was invented at the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice. (And if you don’t like peaches, any fresh-fruit puree makes a delicious substitute.)
This spiced punch is great for Easter entertaining. It calls for rich dark rum, exotic cardamom pods, citrusy lime and grapefruit juices, and aromatic orange bitters, plus some club soda. It was created by top New York bartender Phil Ward and will no doubt become your new favorite.
The Bloody Mary is, of course, the king of brunch, but how about mixing things up a bit this weekend? Instead of vodka, this interesting twist calls for a more herbaceous spirit—gin. When the liquor is combined with tomato juice, garlic, balsamic vinegar and all the other usual fixins, it makes for a savory sipper.