Have you ever had to dress up as the Easter Bunny and have 250 kids follow you around in the sweltering heat? I have. It’s a holiday tradition at Hubs’ work. The big joke is deciding which “lucky” family member gets to dress up as the E.B. each year. I got conned into it a few years back. I was completely traumatized. We were newly married but still didn’t have kids (clearly, I married for love). Now that I have my own kids I think I’ve got a legitimate excuse for the next few years. If not, at least I’ve great drink option to swig before I get back in.
It’s hot in that costume. Really hot- even if the temperature outside is average. I “lucked out” and ended up in the costume on a 90 degree April day. What did I tell you about Murphy and his Law following me around? (see “Boat Day” for details). My sweltering 90 minutes as the E.B. gave me great respect for the “characters” at Disneyland, that’s for sure. They only have to wear those costumes for 20 minutes at a time and have escorts to keep the “problem” children at bay. Hubs does not work for Disney, there was no 20 minute break and I was totally on my own with small children clinging to my legs.
I first fell in love with Pimm’s No. 1 when Hubs and I were in Australia. It wasn’t readily available here in the states until recently. Now, it’s popping up all over the place at trendy bars and restaurants. Pimm’s No. 1 pairs well with citrus flavors, ginger beer and oddly enough fresh sliced cucumber as you may find in a classic “Pimm’s Punch”. My CSA basket didn’t have cucumber, but did have loads of grapefruit and orange. This cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I had my bottle of simple syrup handy, but in the end didn’t feel like it needed it. If you like super sweet cocktails you may want to add some to taste.
So even if your Easter doesn’t involve sweltering hot bunny costumes or overly-hopped-up-on-sugar children, this Easter Brunch Punch will certainly hit the spot.
Pimm’s Easter Brunch Punch
1.5 shots Pimm’s No. 1
juice of 1 grapefruit
juice of 1 orange
simple syrup (optional)
There is no substitute for the unique flavor of Pimm’s No. 1. You can find it at BevMo and some grocery stores.
Juice and strain 1 medium-sized grapefruit and orange. Muddle with 1 and a half shots of Pimm’s No. 1. Add simple syrup if desired. Serve over Ice with orange wedge.
Makes 1 drink