25 Easter Cocktails That Are 'Almost' Too Pretty to Drink

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail with flower ice cubes
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs

Easter is a day of many traditions—for children, it's the egg hunt; for church-goers, it's Sunday service; and for families, it's a holiday spent together.

Whether your plans are set with a brunch right after church, a lunch mid-afternoon, or even a formal dinner, chances are your holiday meal will involve a cocktail (or two). With this in mind, we searched the Southern Living recipe archives to put together a list of the best cocktail recipes for Easter. This is family holiday, after all, so we included plenty of options to please everyone. We have spirits for all—from margaritas for tequila drinkers and spritzes for Champagne connoisseurs, to sangria mixes for wine fans and Bloody Marys for vodka drinkers.

And, rest assured: These cocktails can go alongside any dish, whether you're serving Pineapple Casserole, Apricot-Glazed Ham, a Bunny Cake, or all of the above. Read on to find the best Easter cocktails for your seasonal soirée below.

01 of 25

Grapefruit Rosemary Mimosa

Grapefruit-rosemary Mimosas
Photographer Jennifer Causey, Prop Stylist Lindsey Lower, Food Stylist Torie Cox

Recipe: Grapefruit Rosemary Mimosa

Hosting an Easter brunch? Opt for a classic mimosa but put your own spin on it by adding grapefruit and rosemary for garnish.

02 of 25

Salty Dog Cocktail

Salty Dog Cocktail
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Salty Dog Cocktail

If you love a Greyhound drink but prefer gin to vodka, this one's for you. Our favorite part? The salt rim, obviously.

03 of 25

Garden Pleasures Cocktail

Garden Pleasures Cocktail by Tiffanie Barriere
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Garden Pleasures Cocktail

Easter can feel like a kick-off to spring, and this cocktail is the embody of that in a glass. It's made with green tea, honey, and basil.

04 of 25

Easter Punch

Easter Punch
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Easter Punch

Parties were made for punch, and we love this tried-and-true recipe made of strawberry lemonade and sparkling rosé for Easter.

05 of 25

Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita by Tiffanie Barriere
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Grapefruit Margarita

It does not have to be 5 o'clock somewhere to sip on a margarita. Make this for Easter lunch or brunch—the grapefruit will add a nice touch no matter the menu.

06 of 25

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail

Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail with flower ice cubes
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs

Recipe: Elderflower-Champagne Cocktail

Hello, pretty. If you're looking to make a statement with your Easter tablescape, consider pouring a glass of this cocktail at every place setting. It's beautiful and delicious.

07 of 25

Pink Sparkling Punch

Sparkling Punch
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Pink Sparkling Punch

Served in a glass flute, this pink drink feels celebratory whether it's made with lemonade and cranberry juice or spiked with Champagne and orange liqueur.

08 of 25

Tarragon-Hibiscus Gin Spritzer

Tarragon-Hibiscus Gin Spritzer
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

Recipe: Tarragon-Hibiscus Gin Spritzer

Gathering with a bunch of foodies for the holiday? Surprise your guests with a tarragon-infused gin cocktail that will leave everyone asking for your secret recipe.

09 of 25

Big-Batch Spiked Arnold Palmers

Big-Batch Spiked Arnold Palmers
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Big-Batch Spiked Arnold Palmers

Batch cocktails work well for group gatherings, and there's something about the spring season that calls for an Arnold Palmer. (Masters, anyone?)

10 of 25

Carolina Peach Sangria

Carolina Peach Sangria
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Sissy Lamerton

Recipe: Carolina Peach Sangria

If you have a sweet tooth, add these ingredients to your shopping cart as soon as possible.

11 of 25

Aperol-Bourbon Fizz

Aperol Bourbon Fizz
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Aperol-Bourbon Fizz

Bourbon lovers, rejoice. The genius pairing of Aperol and bourbon make for a perfect daytime drink with friends.

12 of 25

Southern Living Bloody Mary

Southern Living Bloody Mary
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Southern Living Bloody Mary

You can't go wrong with a classic Bloody Mary at brunch—and, we may be biased, but what's more classic than the Southern Living signature recipe?

13 of 25

Lemon-Basil Spritzer

Lemon-Basil Spritzer
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Lemon-Basil Spritzer

This recipe is the definition of refreshing thanks to the combination of sparkling wine, simple syrup, basil, and lemon garnish.

14 of 25

Bourbon-Peach Iced Tea

Bourbon-Peach Iced Tea
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Kay E. Clarke; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin

Recipe: Bourbon-Peach Iced Tea

Another pretty drink to look at this, this recipe tastes as good as it looks with tea, bourbon, and peaches mixed together to perfection.

15 of 25

Sweet Tea Mule

Sweet Tea Mule
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sweet Tea Mule

Spiked sweet tea—need we say more?

16 of 25

Spiffed-Up Orange-Rosé Spritzer

Spiffed-Up Spritzer
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Spiffed-Up Orange-Rosé Spritzer

Wine spritzers are a favorite for good reason, and this orange twist is at the top of our list.

17 of 25

Cucumber Mint Mojitos

Cucumber-Mint Mojitos
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Cucumber Mint Mojitos

Whether you're celebrating by the beach or in the mountains, channel your own dream vacation with a refreshing rum cocktail of choice.

18 of 25

Lucy Buffett's High-Brow Margarita

Lucy Buffett's Bama Breeze Cocktail
Angie Mosier

Recipe: Lucy Buffett's High-Brow Margarita

A classic margarita, but make it fancy. Feels appropriate when dressed in your Sunday best.

19 of 25

Rosemary Collins

Rosemary Collins
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Rosemary Collins

This one is a crowdpleaser that pairs especially well with any dish on the menu.

20 of 25

Lemon Drop Martini

Lemon Drop Martini
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Recipe: Lemon Drop Martini

Any holiday calls for a cocktail, but if yours calls for something served up with a twist, this is the one to try.

21 of 25

Bloody Bull Cocktail

Bloody Bull
Photographer: Greg DuPree, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Recipe: Bloody Mule Cocktail

Go big or go home with a cocktail as flavorful as the whole feast itself. This one is known as Bloody Mary's "beefier cousin" because it's more filling and flavorful.

22 of 25

Dogwood Cocktail

The Dogwood
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Dogwood Cocktail

Hosting a spring garden party? Incorporate seasonal blooms into a signature drink for a special, extra touch.

23 of 25

French 75

French 75
Southern Living

Recipe: French 75

Again, as classic for a reason, a French 75 has a place at every holiday or celebration. No questions asked.

24 of 25

Cherry Blossom Cocktail

Cherry Blossom Cocktail
Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Kelly, Food Stylist: Ali Ramee

Recipe: Cherry Blossom Cocktail

Think spring—quite literally with the season's hottest bloom in cocktail form.

25 of 25

SL Mint Julep

Mint Julep Garden Party
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Rachael Burrow

Recipe: SL Mint Julep

Last but not least, a mint julep is a staple at every Southern soiree come spring. We can't think of a better drink to toast with on our favorite holiday this season.

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