Breakfast and Brunch Cocktails That Make Any Day Feel Like a Special Occasion
A list of brunch cocktails without a great Bloody Mary recipe? Never gonna happen! This Tex-Mex twist on the drink features sassier ingredients, switching in tequila for vodka, chipotle pepper sauce for the usual hot pepper sauce, and blazing jalapeños for boring celery sticks.
Spanish Gin Tonic
Find great inspiration for easy brunch cocktails right in your own backyard! Gather the freshest-looking herbs and prettiest edible flowers and add them to this Spanish version of a classic cocktail. To make these pretty brunch cocktails even prettier, learn how to make floral ice cubes.
Triple-Citrus Whiskey Sour
One cool sip, and this peachy-keen cocktail will have you dreaming of sweet sunrises in Venice. The city's signature drink calls for Prosecco, peach schnapps, and homemade ginger syrup.
Citrus Shimmer Cocktail
Limoncello—that irresistible after-dinner sip—does beautiful things to champagne brunch cocktails, too. Here, it adds a little heft and a lot of sweet-tart tang to Prosecco. Attention DYIers: Why not go all in and make your own limoncello? It’s easier than you might think.
When you’re on the hunt for brunch drinks for a crowd, you know you’re on the right track when there’s a pitcher in the picture. With gin, vermouth, and Campari, plus grapefruit soda and lemon juice, this winner offers an invigorating blend of bitter, sweet, and sour flavors with a little uplifting sparkle in the mix.
Prosecco-Peach Champagne Punch
Light, bright, and often fruit-forward, prosecco is a great choice for champagne brunch cocktails. Here, the sparkling wine pairs with a peach puree plus orange and lemon juices. It’s perfect for those who prefer plenty of citrus juice in their breakfast cocktails.
Rosemary Grapefruit Gin Cocktail
What’s the difference between breakfast cocktails and brunch cocktails? While they’re generally interchangeable, the earlier in the a.m. you’re serving the sipper, the more likely it is your guests will appreciate some citrus juice in the mix. This gin and juice combo will definitely fill the bill.
Spicy Beer Mary
On the hunt for refreshing breakfast cocktails to serve when temperatures climb? Cut open some cooling honeydew melons and break out the blender. Mix it up with fruit juices, cream of coconut, melon liqueur, and vodka for a refreshing taste of the tropics.
Hot Orange Sipping Tea
This spiked and spiced hot cinnamon-citrus tea is perfect for blustery fall mornings. Boil a batch in less than 10 minutes. Brunch guests will love the vanilla vodka and orange liqueur additions.
Hailing from Venice, Italy, Bellinis are among the world’s best brunch cocktails. While they’re traditionally made with pureed white peaches, this recipe calls for peach nectar, an easy-to-find substitute. Keep the peach theme going with these perfect-for-brunch Peach-Prosciutto Cornmeal Muffins.
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Grapefruit-Gin Cocktail Shakes
Sangria ranks high on our list of favorite brunch cocktail recipes you can make for a crowd. And with plenty of orange juice, this one was made with a.m. sipping in mind. To deepen the sip’s ripe cherry flavors, be sure to choose a fruity wine, such as Beaujolais or Zinfandel.
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Sweet Tea Swagger
Celery might not sound like the sexiest ingredient for brunch cocktail recipes, but celery juice is another matter entirely! When combined with simple syrup, it makes a fascinatingly bright, fresh, and sweet foil to gin and lime.
Test Kitchen Tip: Though we love electric juicers, you don’t need one to juice the celery. A food processor and some cheesecloth will do.