Eggstraordinary Easter Wine Pairings

March 27, 2015

Easter is so much fun! We get to dress in our best clothes and celebrate with friends and family! If your gatherings involve alcohol, we've got the perfect recipes and wines that will pair perfectly with your Easter celebrations.

Gatherings with Easter egg hunts are adorable to watch whether it's your own children or your grandchildren (this is way more fun!). And the candy...We declare every year that "I will not stuff my face with candy!" But, then we do. And it's good, really good. But that's beside the point.

Today, we'll give you the sweet fix you're looking for and add in some alcohol! We'll also talk about the traditional Easter dinner. Ham is the most popular main dish, but some celebrate with lamb. Of course, this begs the question, "Which wine do I serve?" We've got tips on the type of wine as well as a few specific recommendations.

Sweet treats for adults!

Glazed Doughnut Cocktail

This cocktail will work for an Easter brunch gathering or even for dessert. The doughnut is a true American staple, why not make a drink out of it? Recipe courtesy of Host the Toast! Here's how to make it:

Ingredients
For the cocktail:
1.5-2 oz cake-flavored vodka
1 oz creme de cacao
½ oz simple syrup
A few drops vanilla extract (to taste)
3 oz half and half
Donut holes, for garnish
Vanilla glaze, for rim (recipe follows)
Sprinkles, for rim

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Make the glaze by mixing all of the ingredients in a shallow, wide bowl. If too thin, add a bit more confectioner's sugar. If too thick, add a bit more milk. Once desired consistency is reached, Dip the rim of your glass into the glaze to coat. Flip rim-side up and set down, allowing the glaze to drip a bit. Wait 1 minute, and then dip into the sprinkles. Flip rim side up again and let dry. Pour all of the liquid cocktail ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and then strain the cocktail into the glass. Poke a hole in a doughnut hole with a straw and pull the doughnut hole down a few inches from the tip of the straw. Remove the bit of stuck doughnut from the inside of the straw (using the prong of a fork, if necessary) and serve.

Peep Infused Vodka

Really? Really. You can load up a big jar with peeps, pour in vodka, and three days later, you have Peep flavored vodka. Genius. Here's how to make it:

Ingredients
Approximately 30 Peeps
750 mL vodka

Directions
Place all Peeps into a large jar, very large jar. Fill with vodka. Allow Peeps to marinate in the vodka in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Vodka can be used as-is, or Peep remnants can be removed by straining vodka through a coffee filter.

Once you’ve made a batch, try making some Peep Vodka Lemon Drops with it to celebrate! 

Wine pairings

Which wines pair with ham?

Ham typically has a sweet crispy topping that pairs well with a dry Riesling or Gew├╝rztraminer. These both are great pairings because they aren't overly sweet and they compliment the saltiness of the ham. An unoaked Chardonnay would be a great pairing as well.

Recommendations:
Dry Riesling - Clean Slate 
Gew├╝rztraminer - Chateau Ste Michelle 
Chardonnay - Naked Unoaked Chardonnay 

Which wines pair with lamb?

Lamb, on the other hand, is a much gamier meat. It needs something equally strong to pair with it. Consider choosing a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or a Pinot Noir. The trick is to have a wine that will have a long finish as the lamb will without overpowering it.

Recommendations:
Cabernet Sauvignon - Noble Vines 337 
Shiraz - Rosemont Estate 
Pinot Noir - Belle Glos Pinot Noir

Wine for dessert?

Dessert is essential. And a dessert wine will add to the flavors of the dessert you choose to serve. Consider a Port Wine or Sherry. Both are killer with pecan pie, chess pie or chocolate mousse!

Recommendations:
Osborne Sherry - There are three different varieties to choose from.
Sandeman Tawny Port 

Did you get all that? We know this is a lot to digest! Just remember to have fun with your family and try something new this Easter! Tell us on Facebook or Twitter if you tried these cocktails or wines! Have a blessed holiday!