It’s Good Friday…which means we’re ALMOST THERE!
I don’t really do a lot of cocktails because I’m not a mixologist and a bad cocktail is worse than anything, in my opinion. The biggest letdown. Good cocktails are so tasty and pretty, so why not just leave it up to the professionals, right?
Except that serving a good cocktail is a pretty big game changer when it comes to hosting. It’s kind of the thing that turns your brunch from blah to blast!
So, I made an Easter themed cocktail for us all and it is NOT BAD, Y’ALL. It even looks semi-professional, garnish and all. We’re calling it The Peter Rabbit, because it looks like one big carrot!
Since I know you’re wondering: It’s got carrot juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, a little ginger syrup, and some gin. So it’s not too carrot-y, which is great. I kind of like to think it tastes like walking through a big garden on a dewy spring day.
What I would do if I were hosting: Either have a big pitcher of the stuff, or have several bottles of the carrot juice, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice & let people control their own cocktails. Anything to avoid you having to man the bar! Personally, I would just make a big pitcher because I am a control freak. That’s just me.
Oh, also, pro tip: make the ginger syrup the night before. Less of a hassle.
The Peter Rabbit:
making the ginger syrup:
1 c granulated sugar
1 c water
several small pieces of ginger, peeled and cut
Bring water and sugar to boil in a saucepan, stirring constantly so sugar dissolves. Add ginger and bring mixture to simmer. Remove from heat and let it sit for 30 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into squirt bottle.
making the cocktail:
1/4 oz ginger syrup
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz grapefruit juice
2 oz gin
3 oz carrot juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice, shake vigorously until well combined. Pour into a tall, clear glass.
creating the garnish:
Take a vegetable peeler and one long carrot. Peel the carrot in a single, fluid motion. That’s your garnish piece! Take a toothpick and curl the carrot peel loosely around it, sticking the tooth pick through the very middle of the peel so that it stays in place. Rest it and a lemon wedge/round on top of the glass.
Last, but not least, add some green straws so that it looks like carrot stems!
2 more days! It’s so weird thinking that Easter is the last holiday we’ll be experiencing in this apartment. More on that soon(ish)!