We know what brunch is really all about, it's about the booze. Sure, we love to scarf down on frittatas, biscuits, chicken and waffles, and anything topped with an egg, but really brunch is just an excuse for early day drinking. That's why we compiled a list of the drinks that make brunch, brunch. Paying respect to the classic cocktails, like Bloody Mary recipes as well as ushering in the new, these are the 15 best brunch cocktail recipes to pair with your weekend fare.
Set up your Bellini bar, grab your Bloody Mary fixings, and lets brunch!
1. Sparkling White Peach Sangria
Sparkling White Sangria Punch is best enjoyed with a crowd, the brunch crowd that is. Bright and fruity, this pitcher recipe is boozy with the perfect amount of sweet.
To make this refreshing treat, grab a pitcher and pour in a bottle of champagne, another bottle of Pinot Grigio, peach schnapps, and few cups of fresh raspberries and peach slices. Like all good sangrias, let it sit for an hour or so that way the fruit can soak up all that delicious wine. Get the recipe here.
2. Peach Bellini
You can't go wrong with a classic brunch cocktail like the Bellini. Originating in Italy, the Bellini only requires two brunch approved ingredients, fresh peaches and prosecco. We know you can't resist a champagne flute of this. Get the recipe here.
3. Pimm's Punch
Pimm's Cup? How about Pimm's Punch! Ideal for large brunch parties, this refreshing punch bowl is best enjoyed with the lighter brunch fare. A heaping of blood oranges, cucumber, strawberries, mint, lemon, and soda water are tossed into a bowl then spiked with gin and Pimm's No. 1. Glass anyone? Get the recipe here.
4. Rosé Raspberry Sorbet Mimosas
Alright all you rosé fans, here's the brunch cocktail for you. While you can't go wrong with the classic mimosa that is so often enjoyed accompanying brunch, we know all you want is rosé. Ditching the OJ, the Rosé Raspberry Sorbet mimosa gets down to it with rosé champagne and raspberry sorbet. This is the cocktail made for brunch with the girls. Get the recipe here.
5. Strawberry Champagne Mojito
What pairs better than strawberries and champagne? A Strawberry Champagne Mojito. Fresh strawberries and mint are muddled together with a hint of sugar and a touch of lime. The combo is then topped with rum, champagne, and more strawberries and mint for garnish. Go on, get your mojito on. Get the recipe here.
6. Blackberry Bourbon Smash
Need something to look forward to in order to get through the work week? How about Sunday brunch and this Blackberry Bourbon Smash? That's what I though, all you needed was a little encouragement. Get the recipe here.
7. Gin and Cucumber Basil Smash
If you need a brunch cocktail that pairs well with all the tastes of your lavish spread, then try this cocktail. As refreshing as a glass of cucumber water itself, this cocktail is perfectly crafted with a hint of fresh basil, twist of lemon, subtle sprinkle of sugar, and all the wonderful botanical flavors of the gin. Get the recipe here.
8. Spicy Michelada
Is spicy more your thing? You can't go wrong with a Michelada then. Pair it with egg dishes, brunch burgers, and anything with a Mexican food flare. Oh, and don't forget to top it off with a lime wedge. Get the recipe here.
9. Bloody Mary Kombucha Cocktail
The Bloody Mary Kombucha is the drink for those that partied a little too hard Saturday night and need a bit of the hair of the dog to go with their brunch. It's rich in kombucha probiotics and full of the spicy booze factor your body desperately needs. Did we mention it's also delicious? Get the recipe here.
10. Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
If you want your happy hour special a bit earlier, then pair this cocktail with your meal. With a chili rimmed glass and mango puree, this cocktail takes the beloved margarita and does it brunch style. Get the recipe here.
11. Mezcal Sunset
This amazing brunch cocktail was made for the at home bartender enthusiast. Showing off your cocktail skills along with your spread, bust out your shaker and add some ginger slices, lime juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mezcal. Pour it in a highball glass with a splash of grenadine and fresh mint.
Be prepared to play bar with this one because everyone will want one. Get the recipe here.
12. Blueberry Basil Moscow Mule
After a long week, this brunch cocktail is precisely what you need. Bursting with all the promise of spring, blueberries, basil, and lime juice is muddled together, then topped with vodka, a little simple syrup, and ginger beer. If you now decide you want a liquid brunch instead, we don't blame you. Get the recipe here.
13. Lavender and Grapefruit Greyhound
A good brunch cocktail should be refreshing, slightly fruity, and definitely boozy. Enter the Lavender and Grapefruit Greyhound. With its two ingredients of lavender infused vodka and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice it has it all. It's just one more reason to get through the week. Get the recipe here.
14. The Bourbon Brunch
If a bourbon brunch is more your thing, you have got to try this cocktail. It's got bourbon, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, and ginger, and is topped with a cayenne rubbed thick slice of candied bacon.
Pair it with all your syrup topped brunch staples like pancakes, french toast, and chicken and waffles. It even goes well with your egg topped brunch burgers and venison recipes. Get the recipe here.
15. Kentucky Bourbon Coffee
Of course, you can't have brunch without spiking your coffee. Champagne Tastes takes the classic Irish coffee and doctors it up in the best way, Kentucky style. A little coffee, a little cream, a little bourbon, what else could you need? Get the recipe here.
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