Brands the world over have been exploring the idea of alcoholic Easter-themed treats to give the upcoming seasonal event a little extra kick – SB explores some of the most unusual products on the market.
There are many drinks we associate with Christmas, from eggnog and mimosas, to the brandy-soaked pudding, but Easter never seems to really have had a drink to call its own. Never fear, SB
has several boozy alternatives to your regular chocolate egg – so you can enjoy yourself while the kids are rummaging in the garden for the eggs you forgot to put there.
Spread the jam thick on your hot cross buns and click through to explore ten boozy treats for you or a loved one this Easter.
The Chocolate & Gin Collection
First up is a box of chocolates and gin from Hotel Chocolat. Containing gin-flavoured chocolates and chocolate-flavoured gin, it's the ideal combination of products for Easter and would make a wonderful gift for the gin-lover in your life.
According to reviewers, the gin included is best mixed with Fever-Tree tonic water. It can be bought on their website for £20.00, and the Cocoa Gin can be bought separately for £25.00 for 500ml.
Hot Cross Bun Gin
Easter isn't just about chocolate, of course – it's also a time to get stuck into hot cross buns. Gin Tales have provided us with a grown up twist on the old favourite.
Made from London dry gin and infused with citrus, sultanas and "Easter spices" (cinnamon and nutmeg), this promises to improve Easter for the adults while the kids scurry around hunting down their chocolate eggs.
It is available online, bottled at 37.5% abv from £32.00.
Luxury Gin and Tonic Easter Egg
The London Chocolate Company is offering up a hand crafted luxurious milk chocolate egg that, when opened, will reveal six gin & tonic truffles.
Decorated with white chocolate piping, if you're feeling generous the egg can even be passed down to the children while the adults indulge in the truffles which are made with chocolate ganache, a dash of cardamom and lemon, and London gin.
It is available online for £25.
Major Cioccowhisky Chocolate & Whisky Liqueur
For those who love their whisky but still want something a bit different for the Easter holidays, then there's a definite cause for getting hold of Major Cioccowhisky Chocolate & Whisky Liqueur. The chocolate liqueur is thick and creamy with a whisky base and is drinkable on its own with ice, but the team also indicate that it's a real treat when poured over ice cream.
A 50cl bottle will cost £16.15 online.
Buckfast Easter Egg
An off-licence owner in Northern Ireland is trying something completely different. providing customers with an Easter egg that comes with a 5cl bottle of Buckfast. The box also contains several items of Buckfast merchandise including a pen and a magnet.
Within 24 hours of announcing the egg, Derek Brennan of D-Bees in Lurgan, Co Armagh had over 2,000 orders for the "unique" egg.
In the past, the store has also sold Buckfast hampers themed for Christmas and Valentine's Day with similar success.
Brennan has 20,000 eggs in stock and they can be bought for €11.53 (£9.99) each.
Alchemia Czekoladowa Chocolate Vodka
This Polish rye vodka is infused with natural cocoa to produce a chocolate flavoured vodka that can be drunk neat, but a Mudslide or a chocolate martini would surely be a great place for this drink to go.
It is bottled at 40% abv and available online for £23.65 for a 70cl bottle.
Ely Gin with Dark Chocolate
Gin and chocolate may not be the most obvious combination, but it's definitely worth exploring. This is one that encourages you to put the tonic away and use your imagination.
It's designed primarily to be mixed, but Team SB
wouldn't judge you for drinking it neat, where it gives a very balanced hit of both gin and chocolate. If you are going to mix it, then try it with anything that goes well with chocolate: orange, cherry, amaretto, coffee, or even pour it over some vanilla ice cream for a real treat.
It's available online for £22.50 and bottled at 30% abv.
Chocolate Brandy Easter Eggs
From Germany: Easter eggs filled with Asbach brandy. Each pack contains ten dark chocolate eggs with a liquid filling.
They are available online at US$14.39 for 150g.
Corky's Creme Egg Vodka Shooters
If you want something really unusual, there's Corky's who offer a Creme Egg flavoured vodka shooter among their line up of distinctive flavours.
Desgined to be best drunk as a shot, it is said to taste just like the popular chocolate eggs but gives an adult twist to a childhood favourite.
Blissfully Boozy Chocolates
Although not strictly Easter themed, Friars have combined chocolate and alcohol with their box of Blissfully Boozy Chocolates. The selection contains 24 chocolates in six flavours using champagne, whisky, rum, Cointreau and Irish cream to tickle your tastebuds and get you in the mood to celebrate the season.
They are available on their website for £19.99, and a box containing 24 Irish cream chocolates is available for the same price if your craving is more specific.