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Taking Easter Peeps to New Heights: Yellow Chickie Martini

Easter just isn’t complete without Peeps, those sugary, marshmallowy concoctions that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. (And they are super fun to microwave. Try it.) But the classic Peep, the little yellow chicken, inspired our Easter cocktail 2012: Yellow Chickie Martini. It’s a lively combination of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, Capri Natura Limoncello, Dolin Dry Vermouth, created by our spirits director Tom Smith. The earthy potato vodka and savory, herbal vermouth playfully balance the sweetness of the limoncello. Serve it up or on the rocks.

2 oz. Karlsson’s Gold Vodka
2 oz. Capri Natura Limoncello
2 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
Peeps Yellow Marshmallow Chicks

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish by floating a Peep in the martini. Happy Easter!

Get all the ingredients here.

Leprechauns Like Single Malt…Irish Whiskey

Every now and then, we get the shakers and strainers out at USQ and come up with our own seasonal cocktails. The most recent was a springy St. Patty’s Day concoction based on Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Since Scotch cocktails are “having a moment right now” we felt it necessary to include their isle neighbors. Tyrconnell’s is made from 100 percent malted barley, a sweet and complex whiskey where no peat is used. Try the refreshing Tyrconnell Clementine for this year’s unseasonably warm St. Patty’s Day party.

2 oz Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey
2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz freshly squeezed Clementine juice
½ oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass. No garnish necessary, but feel free to skewer a Clementine segment for presentation.

Now we know that’s a quite involved cocktail, especially as the day and evening progresses. Which is why we’re tipping you off to this evening sipper that serves as the best nightcap leprechauns can offer, Nutty Irishman.

Combine equal parts Irish Cream (such as Bailey’s or Ryan’s), Frangelico, and heavy cream into a rocks glass. Garnish with a nutmeg sprinkle.

Get the ingredients here.