Empire Presents: Easter Cocktails!

Easter Sunday marks the unofficial start of spring with pastel colored eggs and marshmallow candies designed as bunnies or birds. It’s the perfect time to trade in our warm and cozy cocktails for something bright and fresh. This Easter, and throughout the warm months, celebrate with cocktails that are delicious and easy to recreate at home.

Using some of the brands we’ve been loving to focus on this year so far, we’re bringing you three eclectic concoctions. Returning for this series is Ravo Vodka and Diplomatico Planas Rum. Newcomers Zonin Sparkling Rose Wine and Jaisalmer Gin also join in for springtime fun. We wish all of our readers a happy and healthy Easter weekend, and a springtime full of the good times. Cheers!

The Peeptini


1½ oz. Jaisalmer Gin

½ oz. pink peppercorn syrup

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. pink grapefruit juice

Peep Marshmallow Bunny, for garnish

Combine Jaisalmer Gin, peppercorn syrup, lemon juice and grapefruit juice in a shaker. Shake and double strain into a pre-chilled martini glass. Garnish with a Peep Marshmallow Bunny. (To make peppercorn simple syrup: add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse.)

Fresh Pick Planas Punch



2 cups Diplomático Planas Rum

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 package fresh mint leaves

2 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. simple syrup

32 oz. soda water

Lime wheels, for garnish


Muddle raspberries with mint, simple syrup and lime. Add Diplomático Planas Rum.

Shake and strain over fresh ice in a punch bowl. Top with soda water and garnish with lime wheels, fresh mint and raspberries.

Ravo Lavender Rose



2 oz. Ravo Vodka

1 oz. rose simple syrup

¾ oz. Chase Elderflower Liqueur

½ lemon, juiced

Zonin Sparkling Rose Wine, to top

Lavender sprigs, for garnish


Combine ice, Ravo Vodka, rose simple syrup, Chase Elderflower and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a coup glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a Lavender sprig.