5 Brunch Cocktails Beyond the Mimosa

Sometimes all you need is a little variety.

For people who brunch like it's their second job, one drink has always stood out from the pack — the mimosa. And while I would never diss this simple, delightful drink — it's a classic for a reason, after all — there is something to be said for switching it up from time to time.

Sure, you could always go with a bloody Mary or bellini too, but why not try something even more off the beaten path next time you crave an omelet or French toast? These five brunch-friendly options are sure to add a whole new level of fun next time you gather with family or friends.

1: Brunch Martini

You heard it here first, folks; it's now officially cool to sip on a martini at brunch. Christy Pope, a style expert for HomeGoods crafted this version, which includes orange marmalade, lemon juice, gin and Aperol.

Ingredients

  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp orange marmalade (or preserves)
  • .25 oz Aperol
  • 2 oz gin (we used Plymouth)

In a mixing tin, measure ingredients and add ice. Shake the cocktail vigorously for proper chill and dilution. Strain the cocktail into a martini glass. Garnish with a zest of grapefruit.

2: Summer Sangria

Homemade Sparkling Sangria

Homemade Sparkling Sangria

Ditch the fully stocked bar loaded with wine and spirits and opt for one signature cocktail such as sparkling sangria instead! This will take the pressure off the host from having to play bartender all night.

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ALX Creatives

If you're hosting a group for an at-home brunch, this punch-style drink is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can make a big batch ahead of time, and it features a refreshing array of seasonal fruit.

3: Tea-Infused Champagne Cocktail

Tea-Infused Champagne Cocktail

Tea-Infused Champagne Cocktail

Serve holiday brunch with tea-infused champagne for a flavorful twist.

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092026005024

If you can't brunch without a little bubbly, this tea cocktail will be right up your alley. The cocktail gets its main flavor from tea-infused vodka, while elderflower liqueur adds a nice floral note.

4: Cool Cucumber Cocktail

Refreshing Cubama Cocktail with Mint and Cucumber Garnish

Refreshing Cubama Cocktail with Mint and Cucumber Garnish

This gin concoction blends cucumber, a powerful antioxidant, with apple cider and cranberry juice for a healthy cocktail option. Garnish with cucumber and mint and serve in a quaint glass for a lovely summer cocktail.

If you prefer a drink with a fresh veggie twist, look no further than this cucumber cooler. Gin, apple cider and cranberry juice serve as the base for fresh cucumber and mint leaves.

5: White Russian Float

Boozy Floats

Boozy Floats

Black Russian Float

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Sam Henderson

Looking to cap off your meal with a boozy treat? Try this sweet concoction that's part ice cream float, part iced coffee and part white Russian.

Make This: White Russian Float

11 3-Ingredient Cocktails Perfect for Day Drinking

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Think beyond mimosas and bloody Marys and serve these delicious brunch cocktails instead. The best part? Each one has only 3 ingredients.

The Bee's Knees

This prohibition-era drink gets its name from a common slang term of the day; "the bee's knees" meant "the best," and this simpel cocktail doesn't disappoint. 

MAKE IT: Heat 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons water until honey dissolves. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add gin, honey mixture and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Shake to mix, then strain into an old-fashioned martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.  

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Smoke + Spice Sipper

Offer this smoky, spicy drink up to bloody Mary devotees. 

MAKE IT: Chop 1 strip bacon and let steep in bourbon for 10 minutes to 1 hour. Strain bacon bits. Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add 1.5 ounces bourbon and top with ginger beer. Garnish with second strip of bacon.

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French 75 Float

Turn this classic cocktail into an icy float with the addition of lemony sorbet. 

MAKE IT: Add a scoop of lemon sorbet to a champagne flute. Add gin, then top with sparkling wine. 

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Black + Berry Beer

This warm-weather twist on a black-and-tan combines chocolate stout with fruity raspberry lambic. 

MAKE IT: In a pint glass, add the raspberry lambic. Using a spoon, pour the chocolate stout over the top of the lambic to create a layered effect. Top with fresh raspberries. 

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Elderflower Shandy

Fancy up wheat beer for brunch with a splash of elderflower liqueur and lemon. 

MAKE IT: Mix elderflower liqueur with 1 ounce fresh lemon juice. Top with wheat beer and garnish with a lemon twist.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Fizz

Strawberries and cream is a summer classic, but just wait until you've had it in cocktail form. Sparkling rose and muddled berries give this drink a blush pink hue. 

MAKE IT: Muddle 3 hulled and sliced strawberries in the bottom of a glass. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top with sparkling rose.

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The Hummingbird

Sweet and fizzy, this cocktail is almost as delicate as its namesake bird. 

MAKE IT: In a high-ball glass, add ice and elderflower liqueur. Top with 3 ounces each of sparkling wine and lemon soda. 

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Blushing Orange IPA

For those who love the bitter hop notes in IPA beers, deep crimson Campari adds a layer of citrusy bitterness. (And a cool red color, too!) 

MAKE IT: Add a handful of ice to a rocks glass, then add Campari and a squeeze of orange. Top with IPA and an orange wedge. 

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Spiked Thai Tea

Strong, sweet and spiked, this is a brunch drink that wakes you up and packs a punch.  

MAKE IT: Brew 6 ounces strong black tea, then remove tea bag and let cool to room temperature. Add ice to a high-ball glass. Mix black tea and sweetened condensed milk. Top with white rum. 

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Blackberry-Mint Julep

This twist on the mint julep uses blackberry jam to sweeten the mix and add deep purple color. 

MAKE IT: Muddle 5 mint leaves with blackberry jam. Add bourbon, crushed ice and a mint leaf garnish. 

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Lemon-Thyme Soda

Don't forget a sip just for the non-drinkers in your crowd. This fancier take on lemonade is perfect for a warm day. 

MAKE IT: Mix simple syrup and lemon juice in a high-ball glass. Top with soda water and lemon-thyme garnish. 

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