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.)

Staff Picks

Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix

Rating: 4.29 stars
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).


Rating: 3.06 stars
This breezy summer cocktail will impress all your guests.

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.

Spicy Tomato Juice

Rating: 2.93 stars
When you want a Bloody Mary kick, but can do without the vodka, this spicy tomato juice has your back.

Bloody Mary

Rating: 3.39 stars
This recipe for spicy, refreshing Bloody Marys is a perfect accompaniment to Eggs Benedict or other brunch favorites.

Pear-Rosemary Cocktails

Rating: 3.7 stars
Seckel pears, discovered in the nineteenth century near Philadelphia, may be the only pears native to the United States.

Tomato and Tequila

Rating: 4.89 stars
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.

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.

French Quarter Cocktails

Rating: 3.87 stars
These rum-and-juice cocktails are our take on Hurricanes -- the classic New Orleans drink.

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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our 21 Best Brunch Cocktails, from Bloody Marys to Mimosas
Encourage guests to linger a little longer over brunch by serving these easy-to-make cocktails.

Raspberry Vinegar Cordial

Sweetened raspberry-infused vinegar mixed with seltzer is refreshing to drink on a summer's day.