Easter is coming, I have lost my mind!

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An adult Easter!

It’s almost Easter. Today my husband has decided I’m officially INSANE. Do 69 yr olds get excited over things like this? I found these different pages of Easter cocktails and laughed so hard I decided I had to share. Who knew you could do this. This could give us dementia..bad joke! None of these are mine but I’m sure going to try some of them.

Another good reason to exercise and eat healthy. You can drink! If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know I believe in being healthy and if you live a healthy lifestyle then you can indulge once in a while and not do your body any harm.  What fun!

Thanks to the Blacklabel

Easter is one of those Holidays that can be tough to celebrate once you’re an official grown-up.

Chances are your parents were always in charge of the ham,  you had younger cousins to plan an egg hunt for. Now, its kind of just another Sunday. What to do?

Take a trip down that Easter candy aisle in the drug store and give in to the pastelly nostalgia that comes but once a year. Peeps. Cadbury Eggs. Jelly beans. You know you want ‘em.

Now, just add wine, and you’ve got some amazing plans for Easter. These classic combos are a great way to spend a Sunday… you’re welcome.

 

1) The Holy Grail: Cadbury Creme Eggs & Port

How do YOU eat a Cadbury egg? Do you bite the chocolate top off and coax the filling out in a somewhat sexual manner? We invite you to revisit the filling on its own- it is somewhat… chalky. Also incredibly sweet and of course- creamy. Its a quite textural experience.

There’s really only one way to pair this candy, and that’s to embrace the fact that it is chocolate based. Go for a big, smooth, sweet dessert red: a cool avenue to explore might be a port-style California Zinfandel.

 

2) The Little Brother: Cadbury Mini Eggs & Merlot

These tiny guys are a delight. They’re also easy to forget about, since they live in the shadow of their larger, creamier filled sibling.

Cadbury mini eggs are a study in simplicity. Once you get past that paper-thin pastel candy shell, it’s all smooth milk chocolate waitin’ on you. Best to let these melt on the tounge, we think.

In any case, keep it simple with this one. An often overlooked wine that goes well with chocolate is Merlot. Merlot offers a soft, smooth palate with hints of chocolate found alongside a vein of tannin.

 

3) Peeps (oh, Peeps) & Prosecco 

Oh little sugar ducks, you might just be the strangest candy ever invented. You vaguely resemble a baby chick, but also a yellow version of the poop emoticon.

You are spongey, yet have a slight crunch… and that crazy interesting sound you make while we chew you into a squidgey mass, hmmm. This combination of factors can lead to only one thing: sparkling wine.

The tingle and crunch of sugar, when met with the effervescence of an easy little Prosecco or Cava will lead to a happy place. Or as happy as one can be while massacring legions of deformed looking baby chickens.

 

4) The Classic: Jelly Beans & Dry Riesling

Such fun is to be had with the good ol’ jelly bean! A dry Riesling is actually a match made in heaven for jelly beans. With their pleasant tartness and searing fruit content, a Riesling with a nice sturdy backbone of acidity will make their flavors dance a jig on your tastebuds.

Skip the black licorice ones (does anyone actually like those?) if you’ve picked up a Riesling. Stick with the popular colors- red, pink, yellow, orange, purple, green… even the elusive white. All will be well.

The best thing to do with the black licorice ones is leave them in there, so you can crush the dreams of whomever finds the discarded jelly bean bag.

 

5) The Reese’s Egg & Banyuls

Another epitome of the Easter candy experience. The key here is to make the nuttiness the focal point.If you want to get really crazy, look for a bottle of Banyuls.

Banyuls is a fortified wine made out of mostly Grenache grapes, hailing from the South of France. Offering a way cool flavor profile of macerated berries accentuated by toffee, caramel and espresso- what could be a better complement to peanut butter and chocolate? Hint: PB&J is an iconic match for a reason.

My note: I also heard that gummy bears and Pino Grigio is great together.

Thanks to Buzzfeed for this:

My note: The demolition of an Easter bunny for a good cause.

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Step 1: Buy terrifying-looking hollow chocolate Easter bunnies and your favorite red wine.

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(This would also work with any liquor.)

Step 2: Bite off the ears of said terrifying chocolate Easter bunnies.

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Step 3: Fill chocolate Easter bunnies with wine.

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Cheers!

SPICY GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA

margaritas

Ingredients:

Cayenne Simple Syrup –

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you’re adventurous – I did a heaping 1/2 tsp because I’m spice obsessed)

The Drink –

4 oz grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed if you can – takes about 2 grapefruits)

2 oz tequila

1 oz cayenne simple syrup

ice

lime wedge

salt or spice rub – any kind of premixed spicy powder normally used on meat – yep (if that weirds you out, make your own using salt mixed with a little bit of cayenne, but I do prefer the spice rub).

Directions:

First step is to prep the simple syrup. Combine the sugar, water and cayenne in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Heat until the sugar is disolved and the cayenne is blended. Cool in the fridge – ideally it’ll be able to chill there for an hour or two before making the drinks, but if you don’t have that kind of time, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes and the ice in the shaker will do the rest.

To mix the margaritas, run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass then dip it in the salt or spice rub. In a shaker, combine ice, tequila, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice. Shake, serve, enjoy the kick in the buns.

Thanks to TheLifestyle

Recipe adapted from Eat, Live, Run

Photos by Ian Sheppard

Thanks to Onemartini.com

3 Easter Cocktails with Jelly Bean Vodka

Grab your jugs of Jelly Bean Vodka. It’s time for 3 Easter cocktails. If you forgot to make the infused vodka, it’s okay. We’ll wait while you do. We’re nice like that.

Easter Cocktails

3 Easter Cocktails with Jelly Bean Vodka

The Bunny Drop Martini – A cross between a Lemon Drop Martini and a KINKY Liqueur Martini, the Bunny Drop Martini uses lemon jelly bean vodka with fresh squeezed orange juice and KINKY Liqueur. If you think the drink needs a little sweetening, add some agave nectar or simple syrup.

My note: Now, I’ve never heard of KINKY liqueur but you learn something new everyday.

The Bunny Drop Martini

Ingredients

2 ounces lemon jelly bean vodka
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
1 ounce KINKY Liqueur
Optional: 1 bar spoon agave nectar or simple syrup
Orange wheel for garnish

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Makes 1 martini.

Easter jelly bean martini

 

Flower Power Martini – This Easter cocktail is similar to a Blood Orange Martini with a floral twist. It’s a beautiful pink martini and you can garnish it with either a slice of blood orange or some jelly beans on a skewer.

Flower Power Martini

Ingredients

2 ounces orange jelly bean vodka
1 ounce fresh squeezed blood orange juice
3/4 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Slice of blood orange or a few jelly beans on a skewer for garnish

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange wheel. Garnish with a slice of blood orange or a few jelly beans on a skewer.

Makes 1 martini.

Easter Flower Power Martini

Flower Power Martini

The Fuzzy Bunny Martini – You can’t have a holiday without a Champagne Cocktail. For the Fuzzy Bunny Martini you can use any flavor of jelly bean vodka you want. Add Champagne or sparkling wine, drop a jelly bean in the bottom and you’re good to go. Easy to make for pleasing a crowd.

The Fuzzy Bunny Martini

Ingredients

2 ounces jelly bean vodka 
Champagne or sparkling wine
Jelly bean for garnish

Preparation

Pour jelly bean vodka into a chilled martini glass. Top with Champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with a jelly bean.

Makes 1 martini.

 Easter Champagne Cocktail

Cheers! 

If you like this, also check out the Peeps Martini for an Easter cocktail. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebookto see what other cocktails we are working on!

Jelly Bean Vodka

We are big fans of candy infused vodka over here. At Christmas time it’s all about the candy cane vodka. Halloween brings Starburst vodka. And now for Easter it is time to make some jelly bean vodka.

Easter infused jelly bean vodka

I suggest you make this infused vodka before the kids find out jelly beans are in the house. If you wait the candy might be gone, as was the case in my house with the first two bags of jelly beans I bought. I even found the dog trying to steal some of the jelly beans when I was taking these pictures.

Easter candy infused vodka

How to make Jelly Bean Vodka:

Separate the jelly beans according to color. You can pick which colors you want. I did red, yellow and orange (cherry, lemon and orange flavors).

Easter separate jelly beans

Add jelly beans to mason jar or empty bottle.

Easter jelly beans in mason jar

Fill jelly bean filled mason jars with vodka.

Easter candy add vodka to jelly beans

Put lids on the mason jars and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days. Give the jars a shake once a day when you’re in the fridge.

Easter candy infused vodka

 

After a few days strain the vodka using cheese cloth into  clean mason jars. The jelly beans won’t be all the way dissolved but that’s okay.

Easter jelly bean vodka

The jelly bean vodka is now ready to go. You can drink it straight or you can use it in these 3 Easter cocktail recipes. We suggest you do both.

easter jelly bean infused vodka

Thanks to Onemartini

You’ll be hipping and hopping in no time. Now go have fun this Easter and CHEERS!  Don’t forget to hug your loved ones.

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2 Responses to “Easter is coming, I have lost my mind!

  • OMG – this is hilarious & delicious! Thanks for posting. Definitely pinning this one!

    • Seems to me we “older” people should have some fun…hunting for eggs is not my idea of fun. Watching kids hunt with a nice cocktail is great. lol A win win situation…lol

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