In preparation for Easter this coming weekend, I wanted to post the results from my experiments with some Easter themed cocktails. Honestly, this all started so innocently with a friend passing along a recipe for a Peeptini to me. I quickly realized that this was just the tip of the iceberg and there were OTHER Peeptini and festive cocktail recipes.
So, it only makes sense that I start with the Peeptini. There are actually more than three recipes for the Peeptini, so I did my best to pick a representative sample of what is out there. The first recipe calls for raspberry vodka, citrus vodka, lemonade, and simple syrup (optional). I selected yellow lemonade since I had yellow peeps – but you can select pink lemonade. I like my drinks on the sweeter side, so I may opt to add the simple syrup, but it is not necessary. This is a great drink to have with dinner – it is refreshing and flavorful, but will not compete with your dinner.
The other Peeptini recipes are dairy based, but quite different from each other. The first one is a tasty mixture of vodka, creme de cacao, coffee liqueur (Kahlua), hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico), and cream (I used fat-free half-and-half, but you could also try milk or regular half-and-half). Click here for the recipe. There is the added hassle of blending the ingredients with 3 peeps before shaking with ice and straining into a martini glass. I’m not sure if this imparts any Peep flavor or color to the drink, but I am certain that it made more dirty dishes to wash. I am also certain that it was pretty good. I would classify this as a dessert drink.
The last Peeptini recipe really highlights the marshmallow flavor of the Peep. But, unlike the other two, it has no festive color – if it matters, you can add a drop of food coloring. I decided to merge two similar recipes by using 1 oz fluffed marshmallow vodka, 1/2 oz creme de cacao, 1/2 oz vanilla syrup, and 1 oz fat-free half-and-half. Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain into a glass. I opted to rim the glass with marshmallow fluff, but you could use vanilla syrup and sugar as well. This is pretty marshmallow-y – but the creme de cacao tempers that pretty well. It was good – I could see enjoying one of these for a wintry, “marshmallow world” type occasion as well.
While searching for recipes, I came across two others that intrigued me. The first was the Easter Basket, which contains an interesting combination of cherry vodka, triple sec and half-and-half. The cherry is very strong. I made it a second time, putting in cherry vodka, vanilla vodka and cointreau without any significant change or improvement to the taste. I really wanted to like this one but I think that it will still need some more tweaking. I will keep working on this and, perhaps next Easter, can report back with some success.
The very last, but not least, drink was the Caramel Creme Egg Martini. It’s another dessert drink and it is really good. I did not modify the recipe at all, you can find it by clicking here – it is the third recipe listed. You need Bailey’s Irish Cream, Creme de cacao, cream (fat-free half-and-half again, since that’s what I had), caramel syrup and chocolate syrup. Luckily, I had all the syrups on hand, thanks to the children. I will happily substitute this for the traditional Cadbury egg that I eat this time of year.
So, to review, my plan for Easter will be to enjoy the non-dairy Peeptini with my dinner and have a Caramel Creme Egg Martini for my evening drink (I will probably need it!). Have a wonderful Easter – I hope that the Easter Bunny puts the ingredients to make some of these drinks in your Easter basket!