For Easter: The Peeptini
- AnneInMpls Mar 26, 2009 06:00 PM
These look so fabulous! I can't wait to make my own Peeptini.
Any other good Easter cocktail ideas?
Apart from the author's uninspired lifting of recipes from elsewhere on the web and adding Peep garnishes, the Cosmopolitan is probably your best bet of those four. Play with the proportions to see what you prefer- less cranberry will give you more of a pastel, Easter color, but you'll have to decrease the triple sec or increase the lime to keep it from becoming too sweet. You can try Gary Regan's proportions- 1 1/2 oz citrus vodka; 1 oz Cointreau, 1/2 oz lime juice (FRESH), a couple dashes cranberry for color. Please serve the Peep on the side- dyed sugar and corn syrup will not improve this drink.
Other pretty pastel-colored cocktails you could try:
Light blue/violet- Aviation (gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon and creme de violette). This is the only blue drink I can think of that uses good quality ingredients (ie not Blue Raspberry Pucker or whatever),
Pink- Clover Club (gin, lemon, grenadine, egg white),
Yellow- Pegu Club (gin, orange curacao, lime, Angostura, orange bitters). A lemon drop might have more easily sourced ingredients- citrus vodka, sugar, lemon juice, lemon wheel. Or a whiskey sour- bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white.
Green- maybe a Last Word (gin, maraschino liqueur, Green Chartreuse and lime). A gimlet would be easier- gin and Rose's lime juice.
Some of those have expensive/uncommon ingredients. Flavor-wise, their Easter suitability may vary. However, I can guarantee you that they'll taste better than a sweet blue "cocktail" garnished with both a Peep and an OLIVE.
Hope that helps and happy experimenting!
I missed the olive garnish in that first blue cocktail - ewww. Your suggestions for pastel cocktails sound MUCH better. I especially like the idea of a lavender-colored cocktail with a yellow peep as garnish.
And your best tip: Serve the peep on the side. :-) Each year, as peep season approaches, I forget that I really, really, really hate the taste of peeps. But I love the idea of a peep cocktail so much that I might just have to make my own peeps.
Even a homemade marshmallow Peep floating on a cocktail grosses me out a bit, but on the side, much better!
I tend to think they would go better with a chocolaty cocktail than with a citrusy one like all of the ones I mentioned above, but those would probably be too rich if you're having it with dinner. I used to have my peeps floating on hot chocolate on Easter morning, so the only Peep-garnished cocktail I could get behind would be some type of alcoholic hot chocolate, maybe spiked with mint liqueur/peppermint schnapps or Kahlua, something like that. With a homemade marshmallow, that would actually be pretty decent.
Color coordinating garnishes-on-the-side sounds cute too, though. I just can't get past the idea of cold drink + non-melting marshmallow, even on the side. Take pictures if you end up making something!