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Quick Tips Page 3: Easter Cocktails ~ Delicious Drinks


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Easter Cocktail ~ Delicious Drinks

  • Easter Cocktail #1: Bellini. If you normally enjoy a Mimosa (Champagne and Belliniorange juice), celebrate Easter with a Bellini—white peach purée and Prosecco, a sparkling Italian wine. Many specialty stores also sell the purée; or you can order it online. You can make individual servings or combine the purée and Prosecco in a pitcher to serve a crowd—use flutes if you have them. If you can’t get your hands on the peach purée quickly enough, you can make it: boil 3/4 pound ripe peaches (preferably white) with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup lemon juice and 2 teaspoons sugar.
    A Bellini, made with white peach puree and Spumante or Prosecco, Italian sparklers, has a sunny color. The drink is said to have originated in the 1930s at Harry’s Bar in Venice, a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, and is named for the 15th-century Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini. The peachy color of the cocktail reminded Cipriani of the color of the garments of St. Francis in a famous Bellini painting. Photo courtesy of Martini & Rossi.
  • Easter Cocktail #2: Passion Mimosa. For a spin on the Mimosa, substitute passionfruit juice for orange juice. You can purchase the juice at specialty food stores or international supermarkets, or squeeze it from fresh passionfruit. Add two ounces of juice to each flute or wine glass; then top with chilled Champagne. Most bartenders don’t stir because it destroys the bubbles. If you want to blend prior to serving, use a swizzle stick and give it half a very gentle stir from the bottom.
  • Spring Bloody Mary. After our recent tastings of tomato juices and Han Asian Vodka, we created a Spring Bloody Mary, perfect for Easter or any rite of spring. For each drink, take 2 to 3 ounces vodka, 2/3 cup Knudsen’s Tomato Juice (the favorite in our tomato juice review, available at Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores), 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (instead of Worcestershire sauce), the juice of 1/2 large lime, a shake or two of salt and a sprig of fresh rosemary (rush the stem of the rosemary to let the flavor infuse). If you like spice, add Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce (if you don’t have the green you can substitute any pepper sauce). Pour into a glass tall enough so that about 1/3 of the rosemary can peep out and give the drink a stir with the rosemary sprig prior to serving.
  • Bloody MaryShrimp Cocktail Mary. Have your appetizer and cocktail in one with this festive holiday recipe. Mix your favorite Bloody Mary (or use the recipe above). Use a Bloody Mary glass rimmer or seasoned salt like Morton’s and garnish with a large boiled shrimp, lime wheel, celery stick and grape cherry tomato.
    Photo courtesy of Morton’s Salt.
  • See the history of the Bloody Mary and more Bloody Mary recipes.
  • Pastel Cocktails For Easter. Eight delicious gin cocktails, a sophisticated departure in beautiful colors.



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