by Kit Rose
SUNGLASSES & MIMOSAS
Easter Weekend is Finally Here
As New Englanders, we can all agree not to hold our breath on the calendar's solstice first day of spring. The weekend that really kicks off blooming flowers, warm sunny days and melting snow is finally here; Easter Weekend. We drool over the season's first harvest of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs and poultry, and of course, refreshing cocktails. We'll start packing away winter coats and boots and break out some strappy sandals, and our finest pastels to gather with friends and family to feast on all things spring this Sunday.
Some of us will dine out and gorge on lavish buffets with brunch dishes, carving stations and seasonally inspired sides and desserts, while others look forward to their family's home cooked traditions. Either way, Easter Sunday is the perfect day to break bread and cheer to your loved ones that the brutal winter we just endured is behind us.
Whether at home or dining out this weekend, here is some spring time wine and cocktail inspiration to aid you in the perfect pairing. Party punches are great for a crowd, and most fully stocked bars will carry the ingredients to whip you up a sway from the usual mimosa. Keep in mind that if you decide to dine out, most spots are reservation only, and likely booked by now, but there's always bar seating! An Easter wine guide and Kit's Spring Frittata recipe is also included to inspire your brunch menu.
Brunch Punch Bowl
In a punch bowl, combine a cup of peach vodka, 1/2 cup limoncello, and a quart of lemonade. Fill with ice and top with prosecco, sliced lemons, fresh raspberries and sliced peaches. Give it a good stir before serving.
Cape Cod Mimosa
A regular mimosa with a splash of cranberry. Or try a Nantucket Red where the oj is substituted with cranberry. If you're feeling adventurous, order a shot of St. Germain or Cointreau in it.
Invite your guests to be creative with their own concoction from options like peach puree, guava juice, strawberry puree, etc. topped with a sparkling wine of your choice.
Easter Brunch Wine Pairing
Egg inspired brunch dishes~ pair best with sparkling wine, crisp whites like riesling or sauvignon blanc, or gamay (Beaujolais) with bacon and sausage
Ham~ an acidic white such as gruner veltliner, or a gentle pinot noir
Lamb~ a robust tempranillo (Rioja) or intense Barolo
Salmon Lox~ begs for Chablis
Vegetarian~ pinot noir or Chianti, or a sparkling rosé
Kit's Spring Frittata
Start by sautéing half an onion with 8 ounces of mixed wild mushrooms in a tablespoon each of heated oil and butter. After about 5 minutes add a cup of chopped asparagus. When vegetables are tender, add salt and pepper to taste, and remove from skillet. In same skillet, add 6-8 whisked eggs (depending on size) and allow edges to cook. Add veggies back to eggs, top with crumbled goat cheese, and bake in 400° oven for 15-20 minutes. It will be done when eggs slightly puff and brown. Serve hot.
Happy Sunglass-ed Sipping!