A sweet vodka cocktail, the Easter bunny is a fun drink that is sure to satisfy your springtime sweet tooth. It's a delicious treat and gives you an opportunity to practice a simple bartending skill to create a tempting layer of chocolate and cherry.
The recipe for the Easter bunny cocktail requires just a few ingredients. The base is a mix of a chocolate liqueur and vodka served on the rocks. This is then topped with a float of chocolate syrup and cherry brandy. It is a rather sweet, very chocolatey drink, though it's an indulgence you won't regret.
- In a cocktail shaker, pour the crème de cacao and vodka.
- Add ice and shake well.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes.
- Float the chocolate syrup and cherry brandy on top by pouring them over the back of a bar spoon.
Tips and Tricks
The Easter bunny is a nice cocktail as it stands, though there are a few ways you can put your personal spin on it. While there are not many good substitutions for the ingredients, you might try a few of the following, depending on what's in your bar:
- Use a cherry liqueur rather than a cherry brandy. The flavored brandy doesn't make a regular appearance in many bars today, so if you have a liqueur with the same flavor, you can pour that instead. Cherry Heering and a maraschino are the two most common options. They may not float as well, but they will give you the same flavor.
- Pour a flavored vodka, but choose wisely. For a cocktail like this, finding a complementary flavor in the vodkas available can be tricky. One of the best choices is a vanilla vodka, though any of your dessert vodkas, such as whipped cream, would be tasty as well. Cherry vodkas can amplify that flavor, but be careful when you're buying these. Some of the cheaper bottles taste a lot like cough syrup.
- Make it creamy with a different chocolate liqueur. Dark crème de cacao is not a creamy liqueur, but it is sweet and has a great chocolate flavor. If you have a bottle of Godiva or a similar creamy chocolate liqueur, it can work in the Easter bunny though you will be changing the mouthfeel of the drink.
How Strong Is the Easter Bunny Cocktail?
This Easter bunny is not as sweet and innocent as it looks or tastes. You'll notice that it's made mostly of liquor, though the chocolate liqueur is the largest pour. That does help bring the drink's strength down a bit because crème de cacao tends to be bottled at 40 proof.
With that, you can expect your Easter bunny to mix up in the 20 percent ABV (40 proof) range, or about double a glass of wine. It's best to go slow with this sweet drink.