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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This breezy summer cocktail will impress all your guests.

Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix

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).

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, comes from the same plant as tequila but has about half the alcohol, so you can toast over French toast without needing a siesta.

Pineapple-Raspberry Bellini

This bubbly drink is inspired by a French martini.

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.

Menning Mimosa

Rating: 3.36 stars
This fabulous recipe for a menning mimosa is a perfect cocktail to serve at any celebration.


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.

Tomato and Tequila

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.

Pink-Grapefruit Salty Dog

This classic cocktail is tinted pink, but still features the bitter-sweet taste you love.

Nonalcoholic Michelada

Tomato paste lends richness -- and a healthy serving of the antioxidant lycopene -- to this citrusy refresher. Kombucha, the popular fermented tea, delivers a satisfying fizz and gut-friendly probiotics.

Pear and Cranberry Bellini

Rating: 3.12 stars
This pretty drink pairs well at holiday gatherings with elegant bites, great friends, and a stocking full of good cheer.

Prosecco Cocktail

Angostura bitters, a liqueur infused with herbs, roots, and bark, is used to add depth to this cocktail.

Inspiration and Ideas

Watermelon Bloody Marys

This not-just-for-brunch cocktail gets a light sweetness from watermelon juice. Freshly ground celery seeds add complexity, while dashes of Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces give it a kick.