Easter Butterscotch Bird’s Nest Recipe

Easter is definitely not going to be normal this year. Corona Virus social distancing measures mean we won’t be having a big family dinner. There will be no community egg hunts and no cute Easter Bunny photos. There’s plenty we can do to make it special for our kids though and one of those things is making fun Easter treats!

These birds nests were so easy to make–all you need are four ingredients. You don’t even have to bake them! My kids had so much fun helping me both make them, and eat them.

Butterscotch Bird’s Nests

Yields approx. 15 nests

Tools:

  • Muffin tin
  • Wax paper

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of butterscotch chips (250g)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups of Chow Mein noodles
  • 1 bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs to decorate

Directions:

Melt your butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously until melted.

Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl with your Chow Mein noodles and stir well to combine.

Spray your muffin tins with cooking spray and add a spoonful of your mixture into each compartment. If needed shape them slightly so they look like nests.

Leave the nests for about 20 minutes to set, then carefully transfers to parchment or wax paper, and lightly shape them again if needed. Add your mini eggs into the middle of the nests and you’re done!

Hope you have fun making these with your kids, be sure to tag me on Instagram if you do (@alexandtribe). Hope you find a way to have a great Easter while staying home!

Happy Easter!

Alex

Earl Grey’s Royal Gin Fizz

How’s everyone doing? Hope you’re staying home and staying safe ❤️. This social distancing stuff is weird; it’s so opposite of my general nature, I thrive on being busy and social. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t easy, but I know it’s necessary and so we’ve stayed home for the last three weeks or so.

Wanting to feel a sense of normalcy, my bestie Holly and I decided to attempt our first virtual cocktail making hangout. We put the little ones down for a nap, fired up FaceTime on the iPad and crafted a new cocktail for everyone to try! It was fun (except for the part where my bottle of prosecco exploded on me while I opened it 🤦🏼‍♀️ haha).

We’ve been wanting to try a foamy cocktail for awhile now. I’m not going to lie, the idea of adding a raw egg white to my drink made me a little weary, but I can assure you that it’s totally flavourless, it just adds an awesome foamy topper to your drink.

This cocktail was so good. By now you’ve probably already realized I love gin and a tea-based cocktail, so this one was right up my alley! Delicious, refreshing, slightly citrusy–I’ll definitely be making it again!

Earl Grey’s Royal Gin Fizz

Yields 1 drink

You’ll need:

0.75 oz Gin (we used Eau Claire Distillery Parlour Gin)

0.75 oz Earl Grey-infused simple syrup (recipe below)

0.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 egg white

2-3 oz of champagne or prosecco

Handful of ice

Earl Grey tea leaves, finely chopped, to garnish

Directions:

Combine gin, Earl Grey-infused simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and an egg white in a cocktail shaker.

Start with a dry shake: shake the concoction vigorously, without ice, to emulsify the egg white. This will help give the egg a nice whipped and foamy texture.

Then, do a wet shake: add some ice and shake again to help cool the drink.

Double strain into your cocktail glass and slowly top with Champagne or prosecco – about two to three ounces (careful, the drink foams up quickly).

Lastly, add a dusting of finely chopped Earl Grey tea leaves to garnish. Or, a sprig of lavender or a twist of lemon would work great too!

Earl Grey-infused simple syrup

Yields enough for 3-4 cocktails

You’ll need:

1/2 cup water

1/2 sugar

2 Earl Grey tea bags (I used Blue Hour)

Directions:

Boil equal parts sugar and water in a medium sauce pan until the sugar fully dissolves. Remove from heat and steep the tea bags for 5-6 minutes.

Allow it to cool before using. The simple syrup can be stored in your fridge for up to three weeks.

Hope you enjoy our latest cocktail. We’re loving in some crazy times right now, I’d say we all deserve a weekday treat! Stay hone & stay safe and be sure to tag us on Instagram (@alexandtribe @chandeliers.and.champagne) if you make any of our cocktails!

Cheers 🥂 Alex & Holly