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Easter Celebration

8 Easter-themed cocktails to start the weekend off in style  

Easter is finally here! For many of us, the holiday is the perfect opportunity to sit back, relax - and of course enjoy an endless supply of chocolate eggs. Spring is also in the air, bringing with it better weather, greener gardens, longer days and the promise of summer. 

 

It’s also the perfect chance to kick back with a cocktail or two - so why not indulge this weekend? From rich coffee and chocolate liqueurs to tantalising sips of vodka, which cocktails should you add to your Easter weekend treats? 

We spoke to Tim-Martin Harvey, Head of E-Commerce and cocktail expert at The Bottle Club to find the best recommendations.

 

“For many of us, Easter is the first chance we have had to unwind this year, so why not treat yourself to something a little bit special?

“If you want to indulge your sweet tooth, or just want to enjoy the sun with something fresh and tangy, here are some options to get the most out of the long weekend.”   

Baileys Spring Shakedown Easter Recipe
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There’s nothing better than diving into a pile of Easter eggs during the holidays, especially for those who gave up chocolate for Lent! 

 

If you're looking to really unwind during the long weekend, why not take your Easter egg game to the next level - and fill it with Baileys and ice cream? It’s sure to be an absolute smash hit. 

 

To create your Baileys and ice cream Easter egg, start by selecting a hollow chocolate egg. You can purchase one or make your own by melting chocolate and pouring it into an egg mould.

Once you have your egg, you'll need to make the Baileys and ice cream filling. Scroll below to see our delicious recipe.

 

Prep time: 5 minutes

 

Nutrition: 482 calories

 

Serves: 2

 

Ingredients

 

  • 100ml Baileys Original Irish Cream

  • 2x hollow Easter eggs (around 100g each)

  • 6 scoops vanilla ice cream (360ml)

  • 100ml double cream (whipped)

  • 20ml chocolate sauce

  • Toasted chopped hazelnuts and chocolate flakes to garnish

  • Extra toppings – mini eggs, mint leaves, raspberries or a macaroon

Method

 

  1. Carefully crack off the tips of the Easter eggs. Consume any stray chocolate shards – no one’s looking.

  2. Blend the Baileys with the ice cream. Then pour it into the chocolate eggs.

  3. Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, chopped nuts, mini eggs and chocolate sprinkles. There you have it – a simply eggcellent springtime treat!

Chocolate White Russian Easter Cocktail Recipe

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The Dude might have brought the White Russian to the world's attention, but there are so many ways to enjoy this smooth classic. Elevate your Easter celebrations with the Chocolate White Russian cocktail, a luxurious twist on a beloved classic that's sure to enchant your taste buds. 

 

This heavenly combination brings together the robust flavours of vodka and Kahlua with the velvety richness of heavy cream and the seductive sweetness of chocolate syrup. Served inside a delicious, hollowed-out chocolate bunny, there’s even more to enjoy for afters.

Prep time: 2 Minutes 

 

Nutrition: 385 Calories

 

Serves: 1

 

Ingredients

 

  • 60ml vodka 

  • 30ml Kahlua

  • 1x Hollow Easter bunny (around 100g each)

  • 60ml heavy cream 

  • 15ml chocolate syrup

  • Ice to serve 

Method

 

  1. Prepare a hollow chocolate bunny by carefully cutting a hole at the top to serve as your "edible tiki mug".

  2. Fill the chocolate bunny with ice to keep your cocktail chilled.

  3. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the ice for an extra layer of chocolate indulgence.

  4. Carefully pour in the vodka, Kahlua, and heavy cream, then gently stir to combine.

  5. Serve immediately, garnished with a piece of chocolate if desired, and enjoy your festive, edible cocktail creation!

Death By Chocolate Cocktail Recipe
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If you gave up chocolate for Lent and can’t wait to sate that sweet tooth - this could be the one for you. This cocktail is appropriately named ‘Death By Chocolate’ because it is heavy on the chocolate and guaranteed to kill your sweet tooth craving. 

What a way to go.

 

One blender makes a pretty tall drink for one person, so you might want to grab a fellow chocoholic to share it with.

For a frozen vodka cocktail, it does not get much more indulgent than this recipe. The layers of chocolate begin with ice cream, followed by silky chocolate syrup and complimented by a divine coffee liqueur.  We recommend Kahlua or something similar to give it that smooth coffee taste.  

Prep time: 2 Minutes

 

Nutrition: 420 Calories

 

Serves: 1

 

Ingredients

 

  • 30ml vodka

  • 30ml coffee liqueur

  • 30ml crème de cacao liqueur

  • 2x scoops chocolate ice cream

  • 2x tablespoons chocolate syrup

  • 250g crushed ice

Method

 

  1. In a blender, pour the vodka, coffee and chocolate liqueurs, then add the ice cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice.

  2. Blend until smooth. 

  3. Swirl syrup around a glass before pouring the blended mixture in to serve.

Baileys Affogato Recipe
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Cocktails are a wonderful treat in and of themselves, but incorporating them into a dessert just takes things to the next level - and this Baileys Affogato is almost in a league of its own.  

 

Affogato is a classic Italian dessert consisting of gelato and espresso, a simple yet impressive flavour combo that is sure to wow guests. Using just three ingredients, this can be enjoyed as an afternoon treat, or as a winning closer to a lovely evening meal surrounded by family and friends.

Another reason to love this simple recipe is that it's easily customisable. You could switch the ice cream flavour for something richer, like dark chocolate. Or, you could opt for one of Bailey's quirky flavours like Eton Mess or Apple Pie.  

Prep time: 1 Minute

 

Nutrition: 260 Calories

 

Serves: 2

 

Ingredients

 

2x large scoops vanilla ice cream

235ml  Baileys Irish Cream

120ml  freshly brewed espresso (or very strong coffee)

 

Method

 

  1. Place a scoop of ice cream into each serving dish.

  2. Pour the Baileys over the ice cream, then the hot espresso (or coffee, if using).

  3. The ice cream should melt slightly. Serve immediately.

Espresso Martini Recipe
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If you're after a kick of energy to offset that wonderful Easter dinner or the number of chocolate eggs you may or may not have consumed this weekend - this is the cocktail for you. 

 

This iconic cocktail, along with other flavoured martinis, was at peak popularity in the 90s, but it remains a staple order at many cocktail bars. Smooth, sweet, rich and providing a nice caffeine kick to proceedings, it’s the perfect addition to enjoy as a post-meal digestifs, or as a mid-evening pick-me-up.

Prep time: 2 Minutes

 

Nutrition: 230 Calories 

 

Serves: 2

 

Ingredients

 

  • 100ml vodka

  • 50ml freshly brewed espresso coffee

  • 50ml coffee liqueur

  • 4 coffee beans (optional)

  • 1 tbsp sugar syrup

  • Ice to serve 

 

Method

 

  1. Pour sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker along with ice, vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker feels icy cold.

  2. Strain into the chilled glasses. Garnish each one with coffee beans and enjoy.

Spring Fever Cocktail
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Easter isn’t just about enjoying endless piles of chocolate. Well it is, but there’s also the fact that Spring is finally here.

 

If you’re after a refreshing drink this weekend, nothing captures the fresh, floral energy of spring quite like this aptly-named cocktail. There’s something special about a glass of chilled, sparkling rosé, especially on a warm day.

 

The Spring Fever comes from Jamie Steinberg, the general manager of Motel Morris in New York City.Steinberg adds floral syrup, fresh fruit and bitters to a glass of rosé to craft a deliciously refreshing treat.

While Sassetti vino spumante rosé is recommended, any quality pink bubbles will fit the bill and make this flower-forward, sweet, tart and festive cocktail. Aside from the rosé, the use of elderflower syrup is a key ingredient to help give it a romantic tinge—the kind of drink you can imagine tasting in the garden of a queen.

Prep time: 2 Minutes

Nutrition: 145 Calories

 

Serves: 1

 

Ingredients

 

  • 6 medium-size strawberries, quartered

  • 21ml elderflower syrup

  • 21ml ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 dashes of rhubarb bitters

  • 85ml brut rosé sparkling wine, to top

  • 1x lemon wheel to garnish 

 

Method

  1. Add the strawberries, elderflower syrup, lemon juice and bitters into a shaker with ice and shake until well chilled

  2. Strain into a wine glass over fresh ice.

  3. Top with the sparkling rosé 

  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and strawberries (optional)

Aperol Spritz Cocktail Recipe
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A popular choice on ski slopes on refreshingly crisp blue sky days, an Aperol Spritz can be the perfect choice to welcome in the spring weather. The sweetness of the Prosecco and tartness of the Aperol can really balance each other out to create a zesty, effervescent, refreshing beverage that complements almost any meal or occasion. 

 

This cocktail works incredibly well accompanying salty foods, so it’s the perfect choice to enjoy as an aperitivo while enjoying a nice snack board in the garden. 

Prep time: 1 Minutes

Nutrition: 117 Calories

 

Serves: 1 

Ingredients

Method

  1. Fill your large wine glass (or official Aperol Spritz glass!) with plenty of ice

  2. Add 3 parts Prosecco, then 2 parts Aperol

  3. Add a dash of soda and stir briefly

  4. Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy!

Spiked Sparkling Basil Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

Welcome the refreshing embrace of spring with a glass of Spiked Sparkling Basil Lemonade. This cocktail is a lovesong for the warmer months, combining the herbal sweetness of basil-infused vodka with the tangy zest of lemonade, all uplifted by fizzy seltzer.

 

It’s a drink that promises to refresh, invigorate, and delight with every sip - exactly what we’ll need with the clocks going forward this weekend.

Whether you're taking a minute to enjoy the spring sun, hosting a garden party - or just after something to perk you up, this lemonade is a spirited celebration of seasonal flavours.

Prep time: 6 Hours 10 Minutes (trust us - it’s worth it) 

 

Nutrition: 152 calories 

 

Serves: 2

 

Ingredients

  • 9 large basil leaves, divided

  • 115ml of vodka

  • 50g granulated sugar

  • 235ml lemonade

  • Seltzer

  • 2x lemon slices for garnish

  • Ice to serve 

Method

  1. Infuse Vodka: Tear 5 basil leaves into small pieces and place into a small glass jar with vodka. Seal tightly and shake. Refrigerate and infuse for at least 6 hours, up to 12 hours, shaking the jar occasionally

  2. Make Basil Sugar: In a small food processor, combine sugar and the remaining basil. Pulse, until the basil is chopped into small, uniform pieces and the sugar, turns pale green

  3. Strain Vodka: Strain the infused vodka into a glass measuring cup, squeezing the basil leaves to release any remaining liquid

  4. Rim Glasses: Pour basil sugar onto a small, shallow plate. Fill another shallow plate with water until ¼" deep. Dip the rim of each glass first in water, then in basil sugar to coat

  5. Assemble Cocktail: Divide the basil vodka between glasses, then add 118ml lemonade to each. Fill glasses with ice cubes and top with seltzer. Garnish with lemon slices for a refreshing touch

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