Brunch Cocktail & Drink Recipes

Drinks really shine at brunch, whether it's an iced cold-brew coffee, a sparkling cocktail, or a pitcher's worth of Bloody Marys. We have brunch cocktail recipes for all seasons and holidays as well as for gatherings large or small (hint make a pitcher drink when you have more guests.)

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Pear and Cranberry Bellini

Rating: 3 stars 537
This pretty drink pairs well at holiday gatherings with elegant bites, great friends, and a stocking full of good cheer.

Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
For this big-batch drink, mix everything but the vodka together ahead of time and allow the flavors to mingle. Let guests customize their Bloody Marys with black pepper and skewers with caperberries, okra, pickled onions, and lemon (Make the garnish a day in advance if you like).

Bloody Mary

Rating: 3.5 stars 142
One of the best known and loved cocktails, the original bloody Mary recipe called for vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, celery salt, Tabasco, and lemon juice but over the years there have been many variations and all kinds of ways to garnish this ultimate brunch libation. We’re keeping it simple with this recipe, swapping the celery salt for fresh celery stalks as a garnish and adding prepared horseradish and garlic for a punchy drink that is sure to wake you up.

Bellini

Originated in Venice, Italy, this Champagne cocktail has become one of the most popular brunch drinks of all time. It's best made with fresh peach puree.

Pear-Rosemary Cocktails

Rating: 3.5 stars 212
Seckel pears, discovered in the nineteenth century near Philadelphia, may be the only pears native to the United States.

Mezcal Bloody Maria

Swap out the usual vodka for mezcal and throw some fresh ginger in with the horseradish for a smoky, spicy take on a Bloody Mary.

Cranberry-Orange Sparkler

Rating: 3.5 stars 151
Sparkling, tart, and the prettiest shade of blush, these sparklers are -- dare we say -- more enticing than a plain old mimosa.

Prosecco Cocktail

Rating: 3 stars 40
Angostura bitters, a liqueur infused with herbs, roots, and bark, is used to add depth to this cocktail.

Morning Margarita

Two guest-star ingredients turn a typical happy-hour margarita into a sunny brunch beverage: Orange marmalade adds a bittersweet tang, and El Guitarron agave wine ($15, cordelwine.com) comes from the same plant as tequila but has about half the alcohol, so you can toast over French toast without needing a siesta.

Peachmopolitan

Rating: 3 stars 36
This breezy summer cocktail will impress all your guests.

Tomato and Tequila

Rating: 5 stars 9
This spicy drink -- with the flavors of tomato juice, tequila, fresh cilantro, and hot pepper sauce -- is the perfect refresher for summer. It's equally good paired with tortilla chips at cocktail hour or with huevos rancheros for brunch.
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Inspiration and Ideas

From Bloody Marys to Mimosas, Say "Cheers!" with These Brunch Cocktail Recipes
Encourage guests to linger a little longer over brunch by serving any of these cocktails that are just right for day drinking.
From Bloody Marys to Mimosas, Say Cheers with These Brunch Cocktail Recipes
Encourage guests to linger a little longer over brunch by serving any of these cocktails that are just right for day drinking.