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Rabbit's Dilemma Cocktail

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  • 1 1/2 ounce Templeton rye
  • 1 1/2 ounce fresh carrot juice
  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon-infused vodka
  • 3/4 ounces butternut squash simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon of lime juice
  • Ice
  • 1 carrot "coin"


In a shaker, combine rye, carrot juice, cinnamon vodka, butternut squash simple syrup, lemon and lime juices. Add ice and shake vigorously.

Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a carrot "coin" placed vertically on the rim.

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Billion Dollar Man

Jillian's Inspiration

For winter we always like to have another hot drink option in addition to our delectable Irish coffee. This has some warming fall spice with sweet apple: perfect for a cold day.


  • 1 oz. Heavy cream
  • 1 dash Smoked Black Pepper Tincture (recipe in book)
  • 2 dashes Pumpkin Tincture (recipe in book)
  • 0.25 oz. Orgeat (recipe in book)
  • 0.5 oz. Buckwheat Orgeat (recipe in book)
  • 0.75 oz. Novo Fogo Tanager Cachaça
  • 0.75 oz. Laird&rsquos Bonded Applejack
  • 1.5 oz. Piping-hot water


Whip cold heavy cream until it thickens enough to float on top of the drink and is still pourable. (We suggest using cream that is 35 to 38% milk fat.) Build drink in a warm glass add water and float cream.

Ginger Rabbit

Bourbon, America’s favorite whiskey, is beloved for its bold and rich flavors, including vanilla, caramel, cinnamon and other baking spices. With the Ginger Rabbit, those background notes take center stage as Basil Hayden’s bourbon is mixed with a black tea and star anise-infused simple syrup and fresh ginger. These heady aromatics are then balanced with the inclusion of Creme Yvette, a violet and fruit-based liqueur.

The recipe for the Ginger Rabbit comes from bartender Damian Windsor. With a black tea and star anise-infused simple syrup, the drink starts a bit like a boozy take on a spiced and iced Chai, especially with the freshly muddled ginger bringing its telltale spice to the drink. After sealing, the syrup lasts for around a month in the fridge, so there should be plenty of opportunity to try it in other drinks (or to just make a plethora of Ginger Rabbits).

Windsor uses Basil Hayden’s as his bourbon of choice in the drink. Part of the Jim Beam line of small batch bourbons, the whiskey is renowned for its assertive rye spice and its boldness, despite its lighter body and its relatively low alcohol level of 80-proof. Those who want their drink to be a bit stronger can substitute in another high-rye bourbon like Redemption or Old Grand Dad.

While the drink is a spicy-sweet concoction already, a bit of Creme Yvette helps round off some of the harsher, more intense edges. The violet and berry-based liqueur once disappeared entirely from shelves in the late 60s, only to be brought back in the mid-2000s by Charles Jacquin et Cie, the company that had produced it decades earlier. There are other labels crafting their own takes on the sapphire-hued violet spirit, including Rothman & Winter’s which was one of the first Creme de Violettes on the American market in the early 2000s. Unlike Creme Yvette, though, it doesn’t have the berry aspect, and has even more floral characteristics.

The Whiskey to Vermouth Ratio

The Manhattan is much like the martini in that it requires a base spirit (whiskey or gin) with vermouth. The martini uses dry vermouth while the Manhattan uses sweet vermouth. This sweeter fortified wine works best with the majority of whiskeys. Yet, if you find the right whiskey, dry vermouth can be used to make a great drink as well. Bourbon is a great place to begin for your dry Manhattan experience.

Like the martini, each drinker will have their preferred ratio of whiskey to vermouth. The 2:1 in the recipe above is a good starting point and the most common mix for the Manhattan. Many drinkers also prefer a 4:1 mix with just 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth for 2 ounces of whiskey. Play around with this ratio to find your personal idea of the perfect Manhattan. It's also likely that this will change depending on the particular whiskey you're pouring.

Bailey’s Chocolate Bunny Cocktail

I’m sneaking in today to ramble on about these adorable Easter drinks. I killed about a dozen chocolate bunnies for this recipe, but this Bailey’s Chocolate Bunny Cocktail is probably the most appropriate drink for the occasion. Don’t you agree? It helps a lot that it is also super cute.

I love this time of year. Daylight savings “Spring Ahead” is actually my favorite day of the year besides Christmas. The extra hour of daylight makes me feel energized and gives me life! I don’t even care about the lost hour of sleep because the extra sunshine is worth it. Mr. Wishes thinks I’m crazy!

It’s seriously hard not to love these drinks. This is the greatest Easter treat idea ever, if I do say so myself! OK, they are right up there with my homemade version of Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs. Just what a I needed in life while I’m trying to diet…more chocolate. Whyyyyy in the world did I have to go and get obsessed with this right now?

I’m the most impatient person in the WORLD. The only real effort you need to make for these Bailey’s Chocolate Bunny Cocktail is using the best, sharpest knife possible. I found that it helps even more to heat up the knife before you do the cutting!

You can heat a pan of boiling water on the stove and dip the knife in and dry it off. If you want a quicker option, run the knife under really hot faucet water and then dry it off before cutting. Eventually you will get a handle on it! You may have to mutilate a bunny or two to get there, but you will get there.

If you’re in the Easter chocolate dessert mode, be sure to try out my Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn. The combination of sweet and salty gets me every time. People also tend to love my Easter Bunny Bark, which is an oldie but goodie. You will love it!

I also have an entire collection of Easter Recipes here. This collection has savory recipes as well as sweets. They are all great, don’t get me wrong, but I’m partial to my Easter Bunny Tail Chex Mix. Literally can’t stop eating that stuff.

Every bunny loves these cocktails. Ok, that was lame. Sorry. Excuse me while I go faceplant into one.

Elements: Carrot Cocktails

Two Charlies. | Photo by Dan Segar. The 24 Carrot Gold Punch from the bar at Cardinal Spirits in Indiana pairs carrot juice with gin, pineapple and ginger beer. Carrot Juice Mocktail. | Photo by Evan Sung. Orange Maria. | Photo by Emma Janzen. Lunar Eclipse. | Photo by Kevin Marple.

With peak seasonality in both spring and fall, there are few veggies that offer as much versatility in cocktails as carrots. &ldquoWith it&rsquos subtle earthy sweetness and bright color, carrot juice has a lot more potential than we give it credit for,&rdquo says bartender Robin Kirk Wolf of The Hatch Rotisserie and Bar in Paso Robles, California. &ldquoWhile it may not be as much a staple as citrus, it&rsquos freshness and ability to add savory notes to a drink is wonderful, and it plays well with many herbs and other flavors.&rdquo

Cooks know carrots work well with a myriad of secondary ingredients like ginger, orange, lemon and honey, but when it comes to the base spirit for a carrot drink, most bartenders reach for vodka because its neutral template allows the juice to shine through clearly. Turmeric-infused vodka sets an earthy tone for the Lunar Eclipse cocktail from Victor Tango&rsquos in Dallas, and vodka also serves as the base of the Two Charlies from Scofflaw, where bartender Zach Overstreet aims to keep things fresh and simple. &ldquoThe Two Charlies works because it&rsquos based on a basic flavor profile: carrot, ginger, lemon and a pinch of salt. The ginger doesn&rsquot bully the flavor of the carrot juice, but it also doesn&rsquot let the carrot juice dominate the palate,&rdquo he says.

When bartenders aim to go beyond standard flavor pairings with carrot, they sometimes turn to spirits like gin and aquavit to season the juice the same way ingredients like caraway, dill, coriander or orange peel might enhance roasted carrots in cooking. At Charleston&rsquos Gin Joint, gin brings a bright layer of botanicals to a mix of carrot juice, yellow Chartreuse, kümmel, lime juice and lime oleo saccharum in James Bolt&rsquos Jessica Rabbit cocktail, and gin also brings interest to the 24 Carrot Gold Punch from the bar at Cardinal Spirits in Indiana. Aquavit forms the base of the brunch-friendly Carrot Mimosa from Alma Cafe in Minneapolis, where the bar staff has been known to throw anything from beets to parsnips and butternut squash into cocktails. The mimosa combines carrot juice with apple, orange, aquavit, bitters and sparkling wine.

Barkeeps are also playing with less obvious spirit matches, like agave spirits or whiskey. Tequila creates an earthy baseline for carrot juice, banana liqueur, blanc vermouth, bitters, lemon and pineapple juices in the Spicy Carrot Cooler from Bad Hunter (one of our 2017 bars to watch). Mezcal brings a similar agave-centric character to the Orange Maria from NIDO in Oakland. And back at The Hatch, Wolf blends bourbon with carrot, lemon and dill in The Silly Rabbit cocktail. &ldquoWhiskey&rsquos sweet bite and subtle oaky-ness are a good anchor for this cocktail. A lighter spirit would fade into the background easily here and I like to taste the spirit I&rsquom featuring,&rdquo she says.

At The Good Lion in Santa Barbara the bar team introduces amari to the mix in their 24 Carrot Gold cocktail (a popular name for carrot drinks), with gin, Amaro Montenegro, carrot cordial, citrus and vanilla bitters. &ldquoWe found that there was a lovely relationship between carrots, oranges, lemon, some baking spices (specifically cinnamon and vanilla), and the botanicals in Broker&rsquos gin (with another cinnamon influence),&rdquo says owner Brandon Ristaino. &ldquoMontenegro leans in the orange direction, and it&rsquos inclusion seemed like a no brainer as we wanted to have a bitterness present to balance out some of the inherent sweetness of the carrots. The orange bitters amplify and zip up the cocktail, while maintaining the integrity of the food pairing relationships.&rdquo

Want to experiment with carrot juice cocktails at home? Invest in a good juicer or blender, and be sure to use the juice right away, as the flavors will break down and become dull the longer it sits. Or, take inspiration from Ristaino&rsquos 24 Carrot recipe and make a cordial instead. &ldquoWe go 1:1 with organic sugar and fortify it with overproof neutral grain spirit. In our opinion, it makes for a more consistent cocktail and has much better shelf life, stability, and freshness,&rdquo he says.

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30ml Giffard Strawberry Syrup


1. Muddle Thai Basil and Strawberry Syrup.

2. Add Gin, Lemon and Egg White then Dry Shake.

3. Add Ice then Hard Shake.

4. Double Strain Mixture in a Highball

5. Top off with Soda Water

5. Garnish: Dehydrated Lime Wheel, Thai Basil & Cracked Black Pepper

If you want to take things to the next level? Make your own strawberry & black pepper syrup which you can use instead of strawberry syrup and black pepper, garnishing with lime and basil only.

31 Delicious and Easy Rabbit Recipes You Need to Try

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Have you ever eaten rabbit? Well, funny story, I never had until I began to raise rabbits.

They take up so little space, and we needed a small meat source on our property. So when my husband brought home our first meat rabbits I wasn’t really sure what I was in for. Then we butchered our first set, and I prepared them.

But I have learned a few tricks since then.

Which is why I wanted to compile some rabbit recipes from all over the internet to help give you some ideas on how to best prepare and use your rabbit meat source.

1. Pot Roasted Rabbit Recipes

This recipe contains mushrooms, bacon, and rabbit. Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine was from the get go.

So if you’d like to fry your rabbit meat and combine it with some other delicious ingredients, then you should certainly give this recipe a go.

2. Rabbit Stew with Red Wine

If you are a fan of meat in a wine sauce, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a chance. It has a lot of different ingredients, but they are all natural so they should be pretty easy to locate.

However, if you aren’t a fan of red wine, you could possibly substitute regular grape juice and see if you like the taste any better.

3. Stuffed Rabbit Recipes

I love stuffing! Seriously, it is embarrassing how much I love stuffing. If you are in the same boat, then you will probably want to give this recipe a go.

So you basically stuff a couple of rabbits the same way you stuff a turkey at Thanksgiving. Then you bake it until it is done.

4. Rabbit in Mustard Sauce

I’ll be honest, I’m a simple country lady that usually doesn’t make many ‘sauces.’ The fanciest sauce we have around my house is gravy. My kids think I’m being snazzy when we have brown gravy instead of white.

However, I am going to have to give this recipe a try because it sounds so delicious. So even if you aren’t a ‘snazzy cooker’ you might want to consider trying out this rabbit recipe.

5. Grilled and Marinated Rabbit

The first time I ate rabbit, we grilled it. Yet, we didn’t do it properly apparently because it was far from delicious.

However, after following rabbit recipes like this one we have had much better luck with grilling rabbit meat since. So if you’d like to try grilled rabbit, be sure to follow a recipe like this one before jumping right in.

6. Rabbit and Dumplings

This recipe looks so appetizing. If you are a fan of chicken and dumplings, then you need to try it with rabbit.

Who knows? You may end up preferring this classic remake to the traditional dish. You’ll never know until you try it.

7. Braised Rabbit Pie

I am a huge fan of chicken pot pie. If you love chicken pot pie too, then you might want to give this braised rabbit pie recipe a try.

So this recipe seems to be pretty basic. The ingredients are all basic and something that you should be able to pick up at any local grocery store if you don’t grow them.

8. Kentucky Fried Rabbit

I have a secret confession. I don’t like eating out. There is just very little food out there for the money that I don’t feel like I can fix better at home.

However, if I’m going to eat fried chicken outside of the home I actually prefer KFC. So naturally my ears perked up when I saw this recipe. I can now turn my homegrown rabbit into a dish that my taste buds love.

9. Rabbit Sausage

Have you had to purchase sausage lately? I didn’t purchase any for a long time. So you could imagine my shock when I saw how high it had gotten over the period I didn’t purchase it.

Naturally, as soon as I saw that I could make my own from my homegrown rabbit I got a little giddy. I love when I can create items we love to eat as a family at home and not have to pay a premium store bought price for it.

10. Farm Fresh Fried Rabbit Recipes

If you like fried chicken, then you’ll probably love this recipe. Again, it is a play on common favorite rabbit recipes.

However, they add a little twist to the recipe by substituting chicken for rabbit. Naturally, this could be a less expensive way to eat a favorite fried treat.

11. Rabbit Braised in Belgian Ale

Are you a beer fan? Well, if so, then you’ll probably really enjoy this recipe. Even if you aren’t a fan of Belgian beer you still might like it even if you swapped out the liquid that you used in the recipe.

Plus, beyond the beer, all of the ingredients are pretty basic. So you probably already have them on your pantry shelf.

12. Slow Roasted Rabbit in the Sun Oven

Have you ever used a sun oven? Well, if you have one that you use on a regular basis, then this recipe will be right up your alley.

However, if you don’t have a sun oven, don’t worry. You can prepare this delicious marinated rabbit in a regular oven too.

13. Crispy Fried Wild Rabbit Recipes

Maybe you like the idea of eating rabbit, but you would rather hunt them instead of raise them yourself. There is nothing wrong with that. My great grandfather actually preferred that method as well.

So if this is your case, then this recipe would most likely be a goof fit. The reason is that it is suitable for wild game verses farm raised meat.

14. Rabbit Stew

Rabbit stew seems to be the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when I mention that we raise meat rabbits.

And after seeing this recipe, I can understand why. This rich and creamy dish would be the perfect comfort food on a cold or rainy day.

15. Grilled Rabbit in Spicy Marinade

Do you like spicy food? We do around my house. If it doesn’t have some spice to it, then my guys aren’t happy.

So if your pallet is similar then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a try as the rabbit is marinated in a spicy blend.

16. Delicious BBQ Grilled Rabbit Recipes

The title to this recipe says a whole lot. As I’ve already mentioned, my first try at grilling rabbit was all but a catastrophe.

So to claim that you have delicious grilled rabbit is no small feat. Since they feel that confident in their recipe, it is definitely one worth trying.

17. Rabbit Sausage

This is another rabbit sausage recipe. This time the rabbit is left in patties instead of being formed into links.

So if you love a good sausage patty, then you’ll want to give this recipe a chance. Especially if you can raise the meat to make it for a lot less money than raising a pig.

18. Grilled Marinated Rabbit with Lemon and Rosemary

This sounds like a recipe that will dance all over your pallet. It begins with marinating the rabbit. Then you’ll get a nice smokey flavor from the grill.

Finally, the lemon and rosemary will show up and give a very aromatic taste to the dish. So if this sounds like a pallet wonderland to you, then you’ll want to try out this dish.

19. German Rabbit Stew

The rabbit stew that you may be accustomed to is usually cooked with different vegetables and forms a darker broth.

However, German rabbit stew is a little different. This stew is a little more creamy because they do use a sour cream base along with a few other extra ingredients that isn’t quite as common in the American version of rabbit stew.

20. Rabbit Gumbo

As soon as I saw this recipe, my mouth began to water. We are big gumbo people around our house. Rabbit is a milder meat like chicken.

So the vegetables, spices, and sausage really help to spice this dish up and bring it to life. Again, if you like a spicier dish then you’ll probably like this one.

21. Rabbit Curry

This is another recipe that will absolutely have your mouth watering as soon as you look at it. If you are a fan of curry, then you’ll probably want to give this recipe a gander.

So it actually seems pretty easy to make and uses mostly basic ingredients that most people would have on hand in their pantry.

22. Rabbit Side Bacon or Jerky

My kids and husband love bacon and jerky. We make it a lot from deer. So when I realized I could take our rabbit and provide a second type of bacon or jerky, I got really excited.

So the recipe is actually really simple and rather frugal (which is a rarity for homemade jerky.) Plus, the tutorial includes a good amount of pictures to help you through the process.

23. Braised Rabbit Recipes

I love this recipe. Not only does it appear simple, fresh, and not use any off the wall ingredients (in my opinion.)

But it also teaches you how to make some delicious rabbit stock. I’ve done this in the past and love rabbit stock. So any recipe that teaches me how to make more than one thing at a time, I’m a fan!

24. Orange Rabbit Recipes

Do you like orange chicken? Our family eats a variety of flavors. Orange chicken happens to cross our table regularly.

So when I found this recipe for orange rabbit I was elated because even though we raise chickens, rabbit are just a faster meat source which means I usually have more of it available.

25. Wild Rabbit and Dumplings Southern Style

This is another recipe that is apparently good for using wild rabbit. Again, usually the only difference between farm raised rabbit and wild rabbit is that wild rabbit has a gamier flavor.

Also, it usually requires more of them per recipe because obviously they aren’t as big since they live strictly on foraging. So if you are looking for a delicious recipe to utilize any type of rabbit, then give this one a glance.

26. Rabbit Cacciatore

Are you unfamiliar around the kitchen? Then you might want to stop your rabbit cooking adventure right here. The reason is because this recipe only requires a few basic ingredients and has only three steps in completing the whole dish.

So don’t be intimated by cooking rabbit. Start with a simple recipe (like this one) to gain confidence in your cooking skills.

27. Southern Fried Rabbit Nuggets

Do you have people in your life that are a little leery about eating rabbit? Or maybe children that are rather picky eaters?

Well, if either of these is true for you then you might want to start with this recipe. It shows you how to fry up rabbit in a way that is very similar to chicken nuggets.

28. Rabbit Ligurian Style

This is an Italian recipe that would most likely only be used on special occasions. I say that because the recipe itself claims that it is a difficult dish to make and it is a little on the costly side to make as well.

But I think it is good to have delicious meals like this in your back pocket for special holidays and celebrations.

29. Grandma Braised Rabbit Recipes

This dish is a little different from the other braised rabbit recipes I’ve already mentioned. The reason is they claim it has a New Orleans flare to it.

So if you like Cajun cooking, then your rabbit recipe would probably be more enjoyed if it packed that Cajun flare with it.

30. Braised Rabbit Ravioli

My family loves ravioli. So when I came across this recipe for homemade ravioli that is stuffed with braised rabbit, I had to share it with you guys. I figured anyone else that loved pasta or had kids that loved pasta would probably want to give it a try.

So they add to the flavor of the ravioli by adding a jus and caramelized shallots. It sounds divine!

31. Rabbit Stifado

If you are unfamiliar with a stifado, it is a Greek stew. We’ve covered the American version of rabbit stew. Then we covered the German version of rabbit stew.

Now, we are on to the Greek version of rabbit stew. The recipe appears very simple but also very delicious.

So for those of you all that are considering raising meat rabbits but weren’t really sure what you’d do with them, I hope that these 31 rabbit recipes have now inspired you in your culinary efforts.

Silly Rabbit Carrot Cocktail

Vodka provides perfect a base for carrot, ginger and orgeat in this cocktail from Mister O&rsquos in Los Angeles.

1 oz. vodka
½ oz. yellow Chartreuse
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¼ oz. ginger syrup
¼ oz. orgeat
1 oz. star anise-carrot juice
2 dashes orange bitters
Tools: strainer, fine strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: lemon peel, oregano sprig

Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake to chill. Double strain into a coupe and garnish.

Star Anise-Carrot Juice: Add 3 star anise pods to a pint of fresh carrot juice. Bring mixture to a boil briefly so the flavors incorporate, then remove from heat and let cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator.

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