Friday, March 30, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Easter Cocktails

In case you missed our segment on Let's Talk Live, you can watch it here. Check out the cocktail recipes below!

Rabbit Snack
Make these Rabbit Snacks on Easter.  These cocktails are perfect for any spring party.

Makes 2

Sugar (for rimming)
1 Orange
Ruffino Prosecco

Slice the orange into wedges and rub around the edges of your Champagne flute.  Rub the flute into sugar.  Squeeze the juice of a lemon wedge into each glass.  Put a shot of Ventura Orangecello into each glass.  Fill with Champagne and enjoy.

Carrot Cake-Tail
1 part Voli Voli Orange Vanilla Vodka
1 part carrot cake simple syrup (recipe below)
1/2 part cream
Garnish:  crumbled pecans, whipped cream cheese icing (recipe below) and dash of cinnamon

Pour the first 3 ingredients into a shaker full of ice.  Strain into shot glasses.  Top with garnishes.  One, two, three, shoot.  Yum!

Carrot Cake Simple Syrup

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup pureed carrot
1 cinnamon stick
Dash ground ginger
Dash nutmeg
1 teaspoon whole cloves
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Stir until sugar dissolves and then remove from heat.  Add other ingredients and cool.  Store in a clear glass bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator.  Stir and strain before serving.

Whipped Cream Cheese Icing

8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
Dash salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Whip cream until stiff peaks form and set aside.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla together until smooth.  Fold in whipped cream.

Cucumber Mojito from Vapiano

1 1/2 ounces Beefeater Gin
1/2 ounce Roses Lime Juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup*
1 ounce cucumber julienne*
8 mint leaves
2 ounces soda water

1.  Fill shaker tin 3/4 full of ice
2.  Add all ingredients to tin expect soda water
3.  Shake vigorously 10-15 times
4.  Pour directly into pint glass
5.  Top with soda water.

To make simple syrup:
1.  Measure 1 cup boiling water in measuring cup
2.  Add 1 cup white sugar
3.  Stir until all sugar is dissolved

To make cucumber julienne:
1.  Wash cucumber and cut into 2 inch pieces
2.  Standing each slice on end and slice into 5 mm slices
3.  Lay slices on their side and cut into sticks, 5 mm wide so finished julienne is 5 mm by 5 mm

Killer Kumquat from Alba Osteria

2 oz Prairie Gin
.5 oz Barenjager Honey
.5 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Gin Infused Kumquat Marmalade
1 tablespoon of Kumquat Marmalade
Sugar to rim martini glass

Mix and enjoy.

Easter Flowers:  Flowers by Daniel and BloomNation

Ventura Orangecello is available at:

Pearson's Wine & Spirits

2436 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington DC

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