A Cocktail for Easter

lino print cockerel

Nickelarse The Cockerel [lino print on jelly print background]

A few weeks ago, Beth needed volunteers to test some of the cocktails she’d developed for her Fruit Gins, so like all good mothers I gave up my afternoon to help her. I know, it’s a hard life.

The Raspberry Reviver was voted as Best Easter Sunday Aperitif, though I suspect it may end up as Best Easter Cocktail in our house, particularly as Easter seems to have crept up unexpectedly fast and I appear to have made no preparations.


Slamseys Raspberry Reviver

I may have a glass of Raspberry Reviver to hand while I make the Hot Cross Buns (though like everyone else this year, I’m making a loaf rather than individual buns), bake the Simnel Cake and crystallise some flowers to go on top.

Slamseys Raspberry Gin

Or maybe a pretty glass filled with Raspberry Gin.

If only I could pass you a glass too.

Will the cocktail recipe do instead?


Raspberry Reviver

Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add:

50ml Slamseys Raspberry Gin

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

2 drops of Orange Bitters or Angostura Bitters

Shake well and strain into a glass.

Serve with a twist of lemon peel.


Want to decorate your Simnel cake with crystallised flowers? Here’s how to crystallise flowers

Buy Slamseys Raspberry Gin

26 thoughts on “A Cocktail for Easter

  1. homeslip says:

    Mmm – raspberry gin, that looks delicious. I like adding puréed raspberries to a glass of something fizzy. I must see if my violets are flowering as I have a special tradition to crystallise violets for my daughter’s birthday cake in April. Happy cock-a-doodle-doo Easter to you Anne.


  2. Sam says:

    Yum. There’d be very little baking of anything if I had a couple of glasses of this! Have a lovely weekend/Easter. PS fab name for the cockerel 😊


  3. Mickey says:

    Had to look up simnel cake, then huffers. Thanks for expanding my culinary knowledge. Wouldn’t know a nettle either. Around here we have mulberry trees in the parks. Lovely things and the berries make great jam but most people don’t know what they are. The only drawback to the berry tree is if you hang your laundry on the line……birds, you know. Very few people hang clothes out here and the mulberry is relegated to being an annoying tree. They are missing out of some fine free food.


    • Anne Wheaton says:

      How can people ignore free mulberries! Mind you, I completely understand the bird problem with the laundry 🙂 Birds here eat elderberries with similar results, though by that time of year there’s not much washing hanging out on the line. Thanks for dropping by.


  4. anna warren portfolio says:

    Raspberry reviver – perfect, I’m sure Easter would have been a nice relaxed festival! I always make buns (make them all year round actually!) but have never done a Simnel cake. Maybe next year! Your cockerel is just lovely, what a great background the jelly print makes.


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