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Easter Cocktails 
Apr. 21, 2011 12:35 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2011 8:10 am
In a few days we will be celebrating Easter. While the ham is in the oven and potatos are on the stove top, family and friends are having a pre-Easter dinner happy hour of sorts – noshing on deviled eggs and sipping on champagne.  But what about a cocktail with your antipasto? Bellinis and mimosas are a refreshing choice. They may sound a bit decadent but are a flavorful and not too sweet alternative to champagne.

A search turned up a Kentucky Mimosa that I modified, for my taste, with mint leaves (rather than the hard-to-find – and pungent – sage leaves).

– 1/2 cup simple syrup
– 1 1/4 cups club soda
– 1 cup orange juice
– 1/3 cup bourbon
– 6 mint leaves

When making the simple syrup, after the syrup has dissolved in the boiling water, add the mint leaves and let stand for a few minutes. Remove and discard leaves. Add ice to a large pitcher and pour in the syrup, club soda, orange juice and bourbon. Stir well and serve in chilled highball glasses.

Another twist on a classic champagne drink is the Watermelon Bellini.

– 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon, chilled
– 2 tbsp. sugar
– 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
– 3 cups sparkling wine, divided
– 1 lemon

Blend the watermelon, sugar, lemon juice and one cup wine until smooth. Pour 1/3 cup mixture into champagne flutes and add 1/4 cup remaining wine into each flute. Add a thin slice of lemon for garnish. If you prefer a more slushy version of this drink, add about 1 cup of ice when blending. I also rubbed the lemon around the rim of each glass and rolled it in a fine sugar before serving – a yummy, tart treat :)

Both of these drinks are worthy of a special occasion. Any others you can recommend? Let me know at http://www.savinghappyhour.com
Watermelon Bellinis
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Apr. 22, 2011 4:45 am
the photo looks so refreshing - never had a bellinis, but now I want one!
Apr. 22, 2011 9:12 am
I just love your blogs! Both those cocktails sound yummy! Mimosas and Bellinis are two of my favorites for brunch... or anytime. I was finalizing my menu for Sunday and stubled upon this drink. Sounds like its right up my alley- how about you?http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Strawberry-Mojito/Detail.aspx
Have a wonderful holiday weekend. Cheers!
Apr. 22, 2011 9:13 am
That's "stumbled" and no I have hit the rum or champagne yet ;)
Apr. 25, 2011 8:10 am
Watermelon Bellinis just made it to my Mother's Day Menu. Perfect! Thanks for sharing :)
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