Gorgeous Orange Slush Drink For Easter Brunch

This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Think about your perfect Easter brunch.

I have the biggest weakness EVER for this time of year, and it rivals even the pumpkin coffee, velvety flannel shirts, wood-burning, leaf pile-jumping bliss of a New England autumn. Spring? That’s what we wait all year to enjoy. It’s rainbow marshmallows, chocolate rabbits, white linen, baby bonnets, spring dresses, and more. My mom has historically made it special, with her antique bunnies, her love for marshmallow chickens, and her farmhouse kitchen table – often inhabiting 10-20 party guests. The pastel linens come out, the brunch casseroles are served, and there’s a gorgeous pitcher full of brunchy beverage goodness. It’s like a cold, drinkable orange creamsicle with just a little party fizz. You will LOVE it for brunch.

When I think about March, April, and even May, my mouth waters for chocolate eggs, baked hams, and my orange slush drink. It’s festive, zesty, sweet, refreshing, and perfectly pretty for your Easter brunch spread as well. You can also serve it for any Easter meal – you don’t have to limit it for brunch. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the in-betweens count too. I think my mom even served it with Easter dessert once! That was actually really special. Enjoy this versatile drink all spring.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t confess that we have it for Christmas too. See what I mean about versatile!

Gorgeous Orange Slush Drink For Easter Brunch:

Ingredients:
2 cups ice
1 cup white milk
2 cups Simply Orange® Juice
1/2 cups Sprite® (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons white sugar
Sliced oranges or clementines for serving

Directions:Place ice, milk, orange juice, vanilla, Sprite® and sugar into a blender. Blend well until mixture is smooth and slushy. Immediately pour into cups and serve with a fun straw and slice of orange on the rim of the glass.

Makes 3, 16 oz glasses

It’s delicious! Fizzy and festive. Coca-Cola beverages and Sam’s Club help to make the perfect Easter meal. You can shop at Sam’s Club for all drink ingredients. Some of our favorites are Simply Orange®, Simply Lemonade®, smartwater®, vitaminwater®, Gold Peak® Tea and Sprite®. For a non-fizzy drink, you can skip the Sprite®, and make sure your Simply Orange® takes center stage. Either way is delicious! It’s not too soon to think about your perfect Easter meal.

Sam’s Club is my place to go for holiday shopping. I take Des with me and usually go on a weeknight. When I know I need Coca-Cola products in bulk, for serving many party guests, there’s just nowhere else to go for that great value and selection. You can also make a nice beverage bar with all of their products, in addition to making a few pitchers of this orange and yummy goodness. That way you’re covering all your guests’ beverage needs – from children to adults.

What’s your favorite drink for Easter brunch?

Floral Chocolate Cupcakes For Spring

These Chocolate Floral Cupcakes are SO pretty and can be used for spring, for Mother's Day, for birthdays, for summer, and even for fall. (Or winter, if you so desire) And they're delicious!

Happy First Day of Spring!

I think that’s a pretty laughable sentiment since we have a winter storm watch in effect for tomorrow that may dump anywhere between one to 11 inches, BUT, it’s spring! We’re still going with it. The kids have their spring concert at school, and this is the first year in which I’m watching TWO kids sing. At 2:00pm they do a Vernal Equinox celebration at the school with “sugar on snow” – maple syrup on shaved ice. Or maybe snow. We certainly have plenty of that to spare for syrup.

Regardless, I’m wearing my spring digs, and they feel fabulous:

These Floral Chocolate Cupcakes don’t need a lot of preamble. All you have to do is look at them. And I’m pretty picture happy today so I’ll show you everything you need to do from start to finish. I think you will love these cupcakes!

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup hot water

For the decorations:
2 cups chocolate buttercream
3 tbsp graham cracker crumbs
1 cup yellow candy melts OR 1 cup white chocolate (and yellow food coloring)
1 tbsp coconut oil (not necessary if opting for white chocolate)

Instructions:

1 – Preheat your oven to 350 and line a muffin pan with muffin cups. Set your pan aside.

2 – In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

3 – In a stand mixer, mix sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Add vegetable oil.

4 – In small amounts, add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternatively into your wet ingredients.

5 – Once your cupcake batter is completely combined, pour hot water. Fill each section of your muffin pan halfway with cupcake batter. Bake for 12-15 min.

6 – Cool cupcakes on cooling rack.

7 – Using a piping bag, pipe on a large amount of chocolate buttercream on each cupcake. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top.

8 – Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt candy melts and coconut oil. Place in a piping bag and pipe out flower shapes on baking sheet. Let set in the refrigerator. If you decide to go with white chocolate, place a dab of yellow food coloring on white chocolate chips. Melt using the double boiler method.

9 – Remove from wax paper and place on top of cupcake.

These Chocolate Floral Cupcakes are SO pretty and can be used for spring, for Mother's Day, for birthdays, for summer, and even for fall. (Or winter, if you so desire) And they're delicious!

These Chocolate Floral Cupcakes are SO pretty and can be used for spring, for Mother's Day, for birthdays, for summer, and even for fall. (Or winter, if you so desire) And they're delicious!

A strange thing about my kids is that they don’t like chocolate cupcakes or chocolate cake at all. That’s why I was impressed that they ate these. I think it’s something about the buttercream or the toppings but also the batter itself is delicious! You can see how it bakes up so beautifully. And your entire house will smell like absolute heaven! My office is on the second floor so I can smell anything cooking or baking even stronger than the first floor, as the heat and the smells rise up to me.

These Chocolate Floral Cupcakes are SO pretty and can be used for spring, for Mother's Day, for birthdays, for summer, and even for fall. (Or winter, if you so desire) And they're delicious!

These are a big hit and will impress your guests or hosts with how they look and how they taste!

These Chocolate Floral Cupcakes are SO pretty and can be used for spring, for Mother's Day, for birthdays, for summer, and even for fall. (Or winter, if you so desire) And they're delicious!

What event or season would you make these cupcakes for?