Our 21 Best Brunch Cocktails, from Bloody Marys to Mimosas
Brunch is so much more than a meal to start the day—it's a chance to spend a little bit more time with family and friends, indulge in both sweet and savory dishes, and, of course, drink a delicious cocktail. Here, we're sharing our year-round brunch cocktail recipes that will start your day off on a spirited note. They're just the thing to pair with bacon and eggs, French toast, and so much more.
One of the most classic brunch cocktail recipes is the Bloody Mary. Made with horseradish, tomato juice, celery, hot sauce, and vodka, it's certainly not a drink for the faint of heart. Our version—Beet Bloody Marys—is an exciting twist on the spicy drink; it calls for pure beet juice for even richer red color and slightly sweet flavor. Another drink everyone looks forward to enjoying at brunch is the Bellini. This two-ingredient essential is made with peach juice and sparkling wine. While there are plenty of fruit variations to choose from, our traditional recipe is sure to be your new favorite.
If you need a bit of caffeine to get your morning going, try our Maple Irish Coffee. Yes, there's whiskey, but there's also irresistible notes of vanilla and maple, plus a cocoa-dusted dollop of whipped cream that's simply mouthwatering. Another option is to take a trip to a spot where it's always warm and sunny with our Coffee Coquito. Blend together a mixture of coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, rum, and cinnamon, then pour it all over iced espresso for the most delectable drink.
Ahead, more delicious cocktail recipes that are guaranteed to make your next brunch one to remember.
Beet Bloody Marys
Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
Maple Irish Coffee
Start your morning off with a boozy brunch beverage that'll also wake you up. A sweetened version of a classic Irish coffee should do the trick. A combination of pure vanilla extract and maple syrup adds delicious, dessert-like flavor to strongly-brewed coffee.
Michelada Beer Cocktail
Enjoy this brunch cocktail from across the pond whenever you're craving a cool, refreshing sip. It's made with Pimm's No. 1, a gin-based, herbal liqueur that is brightened with cucumber slices, fresh mint, strawberries, and lemon.
Looking for something light, bright, and totally delicious? Try this gin-based cocktail for brunch, which is made with just four ingredients—the aforementioned booze, lemon juice, simple syrup, and seltzer water.
Sweet, creamy, and caffeinated, this coffee-based brunch cocktail will take you to the tropics. It's made with a trio of milk—coconut, evaporated, and sweetened condensed—plus rum, cinnamon, and, of course, espresso.
This brunch cocktail—made with pisco (a South American brandy), lime juice, and egg whites—packs in some serious heat first thing in the morning. A normally sweet simple syrup gets a seriously spicy kick from habanero chiles, and its pink color comes from dried hibiscus flowers.
Victory Garden Cocktail
Guava Fresca with Mint and Ginger
Even if you're not brunching in the Caribbean, this cocktail will transport you with just one sip. Sweet guava juice is mixed with fresh mint simple syrup, seltzer, and your choice of tequila or white rum.
Gordon's Breakfast Cocktail
Bloody Mary for One
If you don't want to shake cocktails to order, try making a big batch of this French-inspired bellini. We'd suggest whipping up at least two pitchers—it disappears quickly.
Coconut-Water Vodka Cocktail
Lillet Rosé Spring Cocktail
Grapefruit juice gives this shaken cocktail its delicate pink hue. An edible floral garnish makes it elegant enough for the fanciest brunch.