Easter isn't usually thought of as a big drinking holiday, but if you run with the devil-may-care crowd, Sunday is the perfect day to throw back some cocktails. And I'm not talking about mimosas--we've talked about brunch drinks before. Easter Sunday calls for something a bit stronger and a bit more, shall we say, appropriate for the occasion.
Bloody Mary Magdalene
This variation of the Bloody Mary comes from fellow heathen Marc, who blogs at baketard.com. Marc throws an annual "Burn-In-Hell" brunch and serves up some strong libations to go with the feast. His Bloody Mary Magdalene includes an unholy amount of hellfire heat, thanks to heavy doses of horseradish, hot sauce and perhaps the blood of Christ. Find the recipe on Marc's blog and garnish these with some spicy peppers.
What better way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ than with a Corpse Reviver. These cocktails originated as morning pick-me-up drinks similar to the Ramos Gin Fizz. There are a couple variations: The Corpse Reviver and The Corpse Reviver #2. The basic one is made by stirring 2 parts cognac, 1 part sweet vermouth and 1 part apple brandy over ice, and straining into a chilled cocktail glass. I don't know about you, but if I feel like death warmed over, the last thing I want is brandy. The #2 is the way to go--and after drinking a couple, you'll feel strong enough to move two-ton boulders.
Corpse Reviver #2
Courtesy of Imbibe Magazine
1 oz. gin
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lillet Blanc
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash absinthe
Shake all ingredients in a shaker, strain into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange peel.
Yup, we're going there. It doesn't get much more tasteless than serving Rusty Nails on Easter, but thankfully these cocktails are packed with flavor. Pour 1½ ounces of Scotch whisky and ½ ounce of Drambuie into an old-fashioned glass filled with 3 to 4 ice cubes. Stir well and garnish with a lemon twist.
Phew, some orange juice! This is a little more breakfast-appropriate. This cocktail was first mentioned in the 1930s in The Savoy Cocktail Book, but has a little less octane than other cocktails of that era. You can substitute orange curacao for a "curled" version of the whiskers. This recipe is via smallscreennetwork.com, where there is also a how-to video for making the drink.
¾ ounce gin
¾ ounce sweet vermouth
¾ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce orange juice
½ ounce Grand Marnier
1 to 2 dashes orange bitters.
Shake with ice and stain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Blood & Sand
Hot desert plus crucifixation is a messy proposition. You're gonna get a little blood in the sand. That's about the only correlation to Easter I could find since, according to Paul Clarke, this cocktail was named for a 1922 film about bullfighting.
1 ounce blended scotch
1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
¾ ounce cherry brandy
¾ ounce sweet vermouth
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass; garnish with a cherry.