We served these cocktails at Easter dinner 2013. Thinking I might blog about the dinner, a small miracle occurred and I actually wrote down the ingredients. Then of course, garden, garden, work, work, garden and well here we are a year later. At the time I was seeing a lot of Easter themed drinks that featured neon bright colors and even vodka that had been steeped with marshmallow peeps or jelly beans. A great idea, but a little too sweet for my taste.
A carrot themed cocktail with a juice base and the the vanilla spice flavors of cake seemed to fit the bill: sweet, but a little tangy and tasting of carrot. These cocktails can be made dairy free by using coconut milk or another milk substitute. Many online recipes for similar drinks call for dunking the rim in cream cheese frosting and finely ground walnuts, but that seemed a little much. The drink holds up just fine on its own and turns out a lovely cream orange color when mixed. Wish we had taken pictures!
Carrot Cake Martini
Included below is the recipe to make a medium sized batch for guests.
2 oz cake flavored vodka (yes, they sell this)
1/2 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz cinnamon schnapps
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz carrot juice*
1 oz milk or milk substitute
dash of honey, maple syrup, or toffee flavoring
dash of ground nutmeg**
dash of ground cinnamon**
For a Group
1/2 cup cake flavored vodka (yes, they sell this)
1/8 cup vanilla vodka
1/8 cup cinnamon schnapps
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup carrot juice*
1/4 cup milk or milk substitute
squirt of honey, maple syrup or toffee flavoring (a small amount, 1/2 teaspoon will likely do)
1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg**
1/8 dash of ground cinnamon**
Stir ingredients together and pour into martini glass. Thin carrot sticks, raisins skewered on a toothpick, or gummi carrots or rabbits (yes, they make those too) cut and resting on the rim of the glass all make nice garnishes.
* Fresh carrot juice is best, so stop in at your local co-op, juice bar, or natural foods store. Baring that, there are also individual sized bottles by commercial companies that can usually be found in the natural foods/refrigerated juice section in many supermarkets.
** I have a lot of coffee and baking flavorings laying around at home, so to save myself some trouble I sometimes use eggnog flavoring or nutmeg flavoring instead of measuring out dried spices or grating fresh nutmeg.