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.
- .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
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.
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.
Make This: Sparkling Summer Sangria
3: Tea-Infused Champagne Cocktail
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.
Make This: Tea-Infused Champagne Cocktail
4: Cool Cucumber 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.
Make This: Cool Cucumber Cocktail
5: White Russian Float
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
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.
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.