It’s well known that the Easter Bunny, like his non-holiday rabbit friends, has impeccable vision due to all of the carrots he consumes. In fact, the tradition of hares eating carrots originates with the first Easter Bunny who realized that he needed to improve his vision to be able to find all of the eggs he had hidden. The proud centuries-old tradition has continued down the long line of Easter Bunnies until today. Despite the high level of carotin consumption, no Easter Bunny with orange fur has yet been found which is probably beneficial as the Bunnies must remain hidden from the children and thus need to maintain a more subtly coloured coat.
After a long day of steering clear of the young ones’ eyes and concealing the products of his hen friends, the Easter Bunny likes to kick back with a little cottontail concoction, preferably of the carrot variety. Here are six carrot cocktails you can share with your Easter Bunny this weekend.
- 1 tbsp fresh lavender (blossoms, plus sprigs for garnish)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup carrot juice
- 1/2 cup vodka (potato, such as Blue Ice)
Method: 1. Put lavender blossoms, sugar, and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until very warm, then stir to dissolve sugar. Let sit at least 20 minutes but no more than 1 hour, then strain syrup. 2. Pour 1/4 cup syrup, carrot juice, and vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well to blend, then strain into 2 martini glasses. Garnish glasses with lavender sprigs. Chill remaining syrup to use another time.
- 2 ounces vodka (a good brand, use more if you like a stiffer drink)
- 8 ounces fresh carrot juice
- 4 ounces fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 washed baby carrots, with the green tops intact (optional)
Method: Stir the vodka with the juices. Pour over ice in chilled highball glasses. Garnish each with a baby carrot if desired and serve.
- 1 1/2 ounces UV Cake Vodka
- 3/4 ounce carrot juice
- 1/2 ounce milk
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon. cinnamon
- Splash of soda
- Whipped cream for garnish
Method: Shake first 5 ingredients over ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Top with soda and dollop of whipped cream.
- 1 Bottle Dry Champagne
- 1/2 cup 100% Carrot Juice
- 8oz orange sparking water
- Juice of 4 mandarin oranges plus 5 wedges
- Finely shredded coconut for the rim of glasses
- In a large measuring cup add carrot juice, sparking water and juice of 4 mandarin oranges
- Take 4 champagne glasses and rub the rims with a wedge of orange then place upside down into the coconut
- Fill each glass half full with champagne
- Pour the juice mixture in each glass
- Garish with orange wedges
- 5 Parts Carrot Juice
- 5 Parts Passionfruit Juice
- 1 Part Lemon Juice
- 4 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Splash Runny Honey
- 1 Leaf Basil
- 1 Whole Cherry Tomato
Method: Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled highball glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with basil and a cherry tomato.
- 1 oz. vodka
- 3 oz. carrot juice, freshly squeezed if possible
- 1 oz. organic apple juice
- 2 thin slices of fresh ginger*
- Lime wheel garnish
Method: Muddle the ginger slices in the bottom of a shaker glass. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake well for approximately 10 seconds then pour over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.