(Sorry--no images yet.)
OK, all the Easter Peep craftiness has made me want to share a recipe of mine in time for your Easter parties. A few years ago, I got it into my head that there needed to be a drink with a marshmallow Peep in it. Initially, it was my intention to create a drink called "The Flaming Peep." I learned a very important lesson in the process: soaking Peeps in 151 rum to increase flammability renders them inedible.
If you don't presoak the Peep in rum beforehand, lighting a Peep on fire and dousing it in a white Russian is a tolerable drink, but it wasn't the spectacular combination I wanted. Floating a marshmallow Peep in Kahlua and hot chocolate was rather tasty, but it lacked spectacle. Finally, we stumbled upon the perfectly punny drink: The Peeping Tom.
Basically, you start by preparing a Tom Collins. I generally use a variation of this recipe: http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink2438.html
Don't skimp on the lemon juice, because it's the sweet-tart nature of the Tom Collins that makes this work. I also add cherry juice to the drink--I don't measure it, but I pour it in the top until it colors the drink a pretty reddish color. Garnish your cup with an orange wheel on the rim and, of course, float a Peep skewered between two cherries in the top of the drink. It's a fabulous visual, it has a clever name, and, as long as you like Peeps in the first place, it's even pallatable.
You can even introduce variations on the theme. Make a kiddy-cocktail version for a Virgin Peeping Tom. Add a shot of cherry vodka for a Blushin' Russian Peeping Tom. You can basically come up with any variation that you please. What's also nice is that you can get Peeps for multiple holidays now, so we actually mixed these at a fellow graduate-student's Halloween party and used the ghosts to garnish. Avoid the cocoa-cats or cocoa-bats or whatever variation on cocoa that they have that year--ick!
I'll post a picture later when I can either find one from the Halloween party or get to the store to get the proper ingredients to whip up a pretty Peeping Tom, but I was inspired by the Peep-crafting and felt the urge to share. I'm tempted to send the recipe to the Peep cookbook.....