20 brunch cocktails that would go perfectly with pancakes

If I had to make a list of my favorite weekend activities, Sunday brunch would be pretty close to the top — right after a long walk through my neighborhood, hot coffee in hand.

Of course, catching up with friends over smoked salmon eggs Benedict and a tangy Bloody Mary at our favorite restaurant isn’t really an option right now. But whipping up a brunch-worthy cocktail yourself and arranging a virtual hangout with a few friends is within reach, depending on what’s in your bar cart. (Don’t forget the food either.)

Here are 20 of our best brunch cocktail recipes to make at home this weekend, from tried-and-true favorites (looking at you, mimosa) to new sips (welcome to the party, spring sangria).

Our 20 best brunch cocktail recipes

1. classic mimosa

Nothing says brunch like a sunny, bubbly mimosa – this version is our best, with some ideas for mixing it with different fruit juices, too.

2. Rick’s Picks Bloody Mary Mix

If you’re craving a drink that’s more savory and spicy than sweet and fruity, this zesty Bloody Mary recipe — with beef broth, hot sauce, and horseradish root — is the way to go.

3. margarita

This margarita recipe feels just as at home on the dinner table as it does at brunch, especially when paired with a crisp, punchy dish like red chilaquiles with fried eggs.

4. Aperol Spritz

This ultra-refreshing and wonderfully bitter Italian cocktail is just what you want to sip on a leisurely mid-afternoon meal, whether savory or sweet.

5. Pimm Cup

This quintessentially British drink (it’s the official Wimbledon refreshment, after all) might just be my favorite cocktail. Already. It is particularly suitable for brunch thanks to its effervescence and its fresh and crunchy flavors

6. The cocktail of the birds of the desert

Bacanora, an agave-based liqueur from Sonora, Mexico, is the star of this Texas-born cocktail. But if you don’t have it on hand, mezcal or tequila will make a great substitute.

7. Melba Bellinis with honey and peach

This whimsical riff of a classic Bellini (which is usually just Prosecco and peach mash or nectar) brings honeyed peach sorbet and raspberry simple syrup into the mix for a drink that’s anything but typical.

8. SM Jenkins Cocktail

This streamlined twist on a Pimm’s cup is the perfect drink for those who want less fruity flavors and cooler cucumber notes.

9. Breakfast of champions

The secret ingredient that makes this creamy bourbon cocktail sing: Honey Nut Cheerios infused milk.

ten. Strawberry Juice and Champagne Cocktail

When strawberries are in season, there’s no better brunch cocktail than this strawberry juice and champagne number.

11. Mint Julep

It doesn’t have to be Derby day to whip up a mint julep – it just happens to be perfect for brunch plus one all year round.

12. Strawberry Mint Spring Sangria

Traditional red sangria might be a bit too much for a Sunday brunch, but this spring version (with dry white wine, vodka and lemon juice) is perfect for the occasion.

13. Irish coffee

Cozy up to a big stack of waffles, crispy bacon and a hot cup of creamy Irish coffee (with a splash of Irish whiskey, of course) – doesn’t that sound good?

14. Mojito

This lemon mint mojito may take a little more effort than say a two-ingredient mimosa, but the end result is well worth it.

15. New Rustun Nichols Long Island Iced Tea

Consider this modern, balanced take on Long Island iced tea a chance at redemption for what is often considered an all-but-kitchen-sink cocktail.

16. Bloody Mary with a touch of tequila (Bloody Maria)

Bloody Marys are an essential brunch cocktail and they only get better the more fun you have with them. Instead of the usual vodka, this one is made with silver tequila. A little lime juice is incorporated into the crease because what good is a glass or two of tequila without it?

17. Rosemary Paloma

Wake me Up When September Ends . . . and I immediately put this brunch cocktail in my hand. It still has the juicy citrus flavors we love from the summer months, but the fresh rosemary gives it an earthy essence that signals the fact that fall is here.

18. Strawberry Bourbon Spritz

It may seem like bourbon and strawberry don’t go together, but I promise you they do. Fresh strawberry puree, Aperol, cherry liqueur and freshly squeezed lemon juice bring so much juiciness to the bourbon that it just makes sense. Best of all, strawberry puree is made from frozen berries, so you can whip up this brunch cocktail any time of year.

19. Alex Valencia’s Mexican Coffee

This is for the non-early risers: for anyone still trying to wake up to brunch, there’s this caffeinated cocktail. It contains both coffee liqueur and brewed coffee, so you’ll have bright eyes and a bushy tail in no time.

20. Rustun Nichols Tequila Sunrise

Even if you’ve slept in, you can still enjoy the effect of a tropical sunrise, in the form of this classic brunch cocktail – with silver tequila, smoky mezcal, freshly squeezed orange juice and a touch of pomegranate.

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