15 Delicious Brunch Cocktails

Brunch Drinks to Get You Through the Weekend

  • 15 Drink
  • Updated: Mar 15, 2016

Brunch Cocktails are Back, Baby

What could be better than rolling out of bed on a Sunday morning, walking down the street to your favorite brunch spot, and ordering a pitcher full of bottomless Mimosas? The only thing that comes close is doing the same with a Bloody Mary.

Once reserved mostly for quiet church-goers and fancy holiday meals, brunch has become a hallmark of Millennial culture in America's urban centers. People in weirdly diverse demographics, from young professionals to starving artists, have come to view Sunday (and increasingly Saturday) mornings as the domain of day-drinking and Eggs Benedict.

While a lot of brunch cocktails are drawn from the pantheon of hangover cures, there are a number of qualities that we looked for when compiling this list. Fresh fruit juices and champagne are always a good indicator of brunchiness, as is the presence of coffee (be it hot or iced). Low-alcohol drinks are also great, as they're less likely to knock you out of commission for the day.

So whether you're hosting a brunch party at home, or just heading out on the town to get a little hair of the dog before the work week starts up again, we hope this drink collection can get your creativity going.

  • Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange peel, Club Soda
    The Americano cocktail originated at Gaspare Campari's bar in Milan, Italy in the 1860s, and likely gained its name because of its popularity amongst American tourists. It's made with Campari, sweet vermouth, and differs from the slightly older Milano-Torino only in the addition of soda water. James Bond ordered one in the short stor…
  • Prosecco, Peach Puree
    The Bellini is a classic champagne cocktail made with sparkling wine (often Prosecco, since it's an Italian drink), peach puree, and optionally peach liqueur. It has long been a favorite at brunch, as it introduces some fresh, fruity flavors that pair fantastically with breakfast foods. While the Bellini has a reputation for being a bit of a girly drink, we …
  • Espresso, Benedictine, Maraschino liqueur, Orange coffee bitters
    The Black Forest cocktail features chilled espresso to give you an extra kick and help out with those particularly groggy mornings. There are several different recipes for this drink, but this one comes from the original, 1947 edition of the Angostura Professional Mixing Guide.
  • Vodka, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, Lime
    Often a hangover "cure" for the urban brunch-goers of the world, the Bloody Mary makes for a nicely savory start to your Sunday when the bottomless Mimosas just aren't going to cut it. A Bloody Mary can be very spicy, very mild, or somewhere in between, so adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce to taste. And for an extra kick, you can add some ground cayenne pep…
  • Vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso
    The Espresso Martini isn't technically a Martini at all, but we love it regardless. A simple combination of vodka, coffee liqueur (like Kahlua), and cold-brew espresso, this cocktail packs as much of a caffeine kick as it does a boozy one. The Espresso Martini is great with brunch, after dinner, or at the start of a night out, so get mixing!
  • Irish whiskey, Brown sugar syrup, Coffee, Unsweetened whipped cream
    The Irish Coffee is a perfect drink for when you need to wake up halfway through a long night, or kick yourself out of bed and fight off a hangover. It's an exceedingly simple cocktail, consisting of just Irish whiskey, coffee, a bit of brown sugar simple syrup, and some optional unsweetened whipped cream (preferably homemade). If you're looking for whiskey …
  • Mexican lager beer, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, celery salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, salt
    The Michelada blends two great brunch-cocktail qualities: it's bubbly, and it's savory. Less sweet than a Mimosa and less boozy than a Bloody Mary, this is a great excuse to drink beer at any time of day. Plus, Michelada is just so dang fun to say you'll find yourself ordering them just to tell people about it.
  • Champagne, Orange juice
    The Mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail that almost makes it feel appropriate to be drinking at 11 in the morning, and it couldn't be simpler to make. All you need is some Champagne (or any sparkling wine), orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed), and a day off to enjoy it.There's some debate among Mimosa "experts" about whether you should add the champag…
  • Passionfruit juice, Champagne
    The Passionfruit Mimosa is a brunch cocktail that's pretty much exactly what it sounds like: passionfruit juice and Champagne. Just like the classic Mimosa, it's super simple to make, and it's perfect for those Sunday mornings when you're feeling particularly tropical. If you want to get fancy, feel free to garnish with some fresh fruit of your choice—strawb…
  • Pimm's No. 1, 7-Up, Cucumber, Lemon peel
    The Pimm's Cup is a British classic that's great for summer afternoons and brunches with friends. It's light on alcohol (using only Pimm's No. 1 as a base spirit, coming in at 50 proof) but fresh and delicious, and like a Bloody Mary you can add nearly any fresh fruits and vegetables you want to make it your own.
  • tequila, lime juice, grapefruit soda, salt
    Spanish for "dove," the Paloma is a Mexican favorite that is wonderful for the summer patio. Its refreshing taste is a wonderful example of sweet and tart flavors being combined with salt and powerful tequila. If unavailable, the grapefruit soda can be substituted with a combination of grapefruit juice and either club soda or sparkling water.
  • vodka, grapefruit juice
    The Vodka Greyhound is a simple variation on the Greyhound, made with vodka (obviously) instead of the traditional gin. It's typically served on the rocks in either a Highball glass or an Old-Fashioned glass, and almost literally couldn't be easier to make. As always, we recommend squeezing your own grapefruit juice instead of using the store-bought stuff—it…
  • Vodka, Hibiscus flower, Champagne
    Combining pear vodka, simple syrup, champagne, and an actual hibiscus flower, the Pear Hibiscus Brunch Cocktail is an absolute beauty that's sure to make the perfect complement to your next get-together. It's quite a bit stronger than other bubbly brunch cocktails thanks to the vodka, but that shouldn't stop you from giving it a try! Just don't knock them ba…
  • Sweet vermouth, Averna amaro, cold-brew coffee, simple syrup, club soda, orange twist
    The Siciliano cocktail is a delicious cold-brew coffee drink that bucks the trend of coffee cocktails needing to be served hot. It's a fairly low-alcohol cocktail, made with just a few ounces of sweet Italian vermouth and Amaro Averna, and combined with the kick of some good coffee this is a great way to either ease into your night or finish off a nice dinne…
  • Reposado tequila, Cynar, simple syrup, coffee, egg white
    A delicious coffee cocktail from Tacoma, Washington bartender Chris Langston, the South of No North is a delicate, silky drink with a healthy dose of joe to round things out. Made with reposado tequila, Cynar artichoke liqueur, simple syrup, coffee, and egg white, it's a bizarre-sounding combination that ends up being surprisingly cohesive.

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