When we think about the modern Easter holiday, most of us envision Easter egg hunts and pastel colors. Some of us picture a huge scary anthropomorphic rabbit like something out of Donnie Darko, but that’s another story. The Easter Bunny drink is for people who enjoy munching down on a chocolate bunny, only this time, it’s coming in a cocktail glass.
- 1½ oz dark creme de cacao
- ½ oz vodka
- 1 tsp cherry brandy
- 1 tsp chocolate syrup
Add the crème de cacao and vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a small cocktail glass. Some mixologists add a small amount of cream to the vodka and crème de cacao to produce a bit of foam, but that step is optional. Float the cherry brandy and chocolate syrup on top of the mixture and serve.
The Easter Bunny is a rich, dark chocolate cocktail, more potent than the effigies placed in Easter baskets on Sunday. This spring cocktail packs a punch, due to the vodka and chocolate flavor of the crème de cacao. The cherry brandy and chocolate syrup are for good measure, to make sure that every chocolate addict slips into an alcohol induced bliss.
Origins of the Easter Bunny
The story of the Easter Bunny began in 13th Century Germany. Christianity had not taken root there yet, and the fertility goddess Estore, for whom Easter is named, had a hare for one of her symbols. In later centuries, the hare was associated with the Catholic Virgin Mary. This was in part because people at the time believed the hare to be hermaphroditic, capable of virgin reproduction. No doubt this mixing of symbolism made it easier for the early Germanic church to convert pagans to the faith. The Legend if the Easter hare first appeared in print in 1682, but the tale was told since the 1500s.
German immigrants to America brought the tale of the Easter Bunny with them. Protestant believers did not want to give up the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs, and eggs were plentiful during the forty days of Lent, because they were forbidden to the Catholics. Today, we have seamlessly tied together a rabbit who lays eggs, the Spring Equinox, and the resurrection of Jesus into one big holiday, celebrated with baskets of candy. There’s a lesson there somewhere.