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Brunch is a special occasion where friends and family can enjoy the best two culinary worlds while enjoying some fantastic mid-day cocktails. In fact, it’s perhaps one of the few occasions where consuming alcoholic spirits early in the day is socially acceptable unless you’re lucky enough to live in New Orleans.
Who doesn’t love brunch? For some of us, brunch is an extension of breakfast and it’s all about quiche, bacon, breakfast pastries, and other sweet goodies.
However, for other folks, brunch is more savory than sweet. For example, crisp green salads, finger sandwiches, and other protein-filled light meals.
As the weekend rolls around and you’re looking to enjoy a leisurely brunch with friends or family, it’s important not to overlook the delicious and refreshing addition of brunch cocktails. These wonderful concoctions can elevate your meal and create a social and festive atmosphere, perfect for making the most of your time with loved ones.
Experimenting with brunch cocktails allows you to enjoy classic flavors with a twist or discover entirely new pairings. Whether you prefer the tangy zip of citrus, the deep warmth of coffee, or the bubbly effervescence of champagne, there’s a range of drinks to suit your palate.
So, without further delay, let’s delve into the world of brunch cocktails and uncover some truly remarkable beverages to complement your next weekend brunch. Keep an open mind, as you never know which combinations might surprise and delight you!
One thing most people can agree on is this: morning cocktails are awesome.
Maybe you like juice-based cocktails like the mimosa or the bellini. Alternatively, there are creamy and sweet cocktails such as frozen mudslide and Irish coffee.
But there’s a whole different group of morning alcoholic drinks. How does a cucumber mint gimlet sound to you? Maybe a cocktail made with Earl Grey tea is just your cup of tea (ha).
If “breakfast drinks alcohol” isn’t your Sunday morning Google search, you can also turn these brunch alcoholic drinks into non-alcoholic morning cocktails.
Brunch cocktails are perfect for so many occasions, including a Mother’s Day brunch, wedding day brunch, or just a fun brunch with your close friends and family members.
However you want to drink your brunch (or breakfast!), there’s something on this list of brunch drinks for you. Let’s dive in and explore the 31 best breakfast cocktails!
Some folks enjoy a beer cocktail for brunch, and the Michelada is perfect if that’s you.
The Michelada cocktail is a spicy mixed drink that’s made with your choice of Mexican beer, fresh lime juice, tomato juice, and hot sauce.
This beer cocktail is similar to a beer margarita or a Bloody Mary. More specifically, it’s sort of a cross between the two. What’s not to love?
Choose a Mexican lager for the Michelada, and be sure to serve this cocktail in a cocktail glass with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wedge.
We love cucumber cocktails. They’re so cool and refreshing, and these cucumber mint gimlets are perfectly light for brunch cocktails.
These cucumber mint gimlets call for good gin.
You can use a splash of Rose’s Lime Juice, but you can also use fresh lime juice and light agave (or simple syrup).
Muddle the mint leaves and cucumber in a cocktail shaker to get all of the flavor from them.
Then, you will use the cocktail shaker to shake everything up well for a deliciously cold gimlet.
When you pair a Honey Crisp apple with apple vodka and spiced apple cider, you’re got a delicious fall treat.
This brunch cocktail is perfect for holiday brunches or Thanksgiving brunch. Just imagine sipping on this brunch cocktail while you’re waiting for the turkey to cook.
Everyone loves a margarita, and when you make a margarita with fresh fruit, it’s perfect for brunch cocktails.
This honeydew melon margarita is crisp and fresh, and much sweeter than the traditional lime margarita.
Then, just add fresh lime juice, your favorite tequila, and Triple Sec or Cointreau.
To make it sweeter, you can use a little bit of simple syrup.
The Salty Dog cocktail is a legendary classic mixed drink, and this version of the classic doesn’t disappoint.
To make this Salty Dog cocktail, you need vodka, fresh grapefruit juice, and sparkling water (or club soda). The recipe calls for grapefruit La Croix, and that sounds delicious!
Be sure to salt the rim of your glass. You can run the lime wedge along the sides of the cocktail glass or make it sticky with Rose’s Lime Juice.
To make a peach bellini, you need champagne or Prosecco.
Use frozen peaches for this bellini. If you want to use fresh peaches, slice them and freeze them for about half an hour so that your bellini is nice and cold.
You also need nectar or peach juice for this bellini.
Berries for breakfast are always a treat, and nothing says “treat” like a champagne cocktail made with blackberries.
The blackberry champagne mule needs only seven ingredients that you can easily find, including fresh lemon juice, fresh mint leaves or mint sprigs, club soda, vodka, and fresh blackberries.
You can also use frozen blackberries to make this yummy and refreshing berry cocktail.
Garnish your blackberry champagne cocktail with fresh mint sprigs and fresh blackberries.
Few things are more refreshing than mint, and this mint mimosa that’s made with grapefruit juice is absolutely delightful.
The mint grapefruit mimosa is fresh and tangy, and thanks to the honey, it’s just sweet enough to not be bitter.
This mimosa is made with Prosecco or another sparkling wine, pink grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed), and fresh mint leaves.
Garnish the mint grapefruit mimosa with fresh mint sprigs.
We love aged rum, and the white rum really brings out the citrus flavor in this mixed citrus cocktail recipe.
To make this citrusy cocktail, you need fresh lime juice and fresh grapefruit juice. There’s also a kumquat, which adds lots of fruity flavor.
Light brown sugar adds complexity and sweetness to this daiquiri, but you can use simple syrup or maple syrup if you prefer. Garnish your citrus cocktail with a lime wedge.
We love a good gin cocktail, and this one is perfect for brunch.
The recipe calls for blueberries, but you can use any type of berries to make this delicious brunch cocktail.
A rosemary sprig and fresh lime juice make this gin cocktail super refreshing, and you can sweeten it up a bit with simple syrup or maple syrup.
Garnish your rosemary gin cocktail with a fresh rosemary sprig, a cucumber slice, and fresh blueberries.
11. French 75
The French 75 cocktail is a classic, and experts believe it was created at a Paris, France bar called Harry’s New York Bar in 1915.
The name for this unique cocktail comes from the French 75mm field gun, so you know this mixed drink packs a mean punch.
To make a French 75, you need champagne (or Prosecco), simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and good gin.
Garnish the French 75 with a lemon twist.
A Bellini is a classic brunch cocktail, and you can make this brunch drink with peaches, but we love the idea of creating a bellini with fresh mango and orange liqueur.
For orange liqueur, you can use Cointreau or Triple Sec. The recipe calls for Prosecco, but you can use any sparkling wine or even champagne.
Garnish your mango bellini with a slice of mango and a mint sprig.
Margaritas aren’t just for happy hour and a cocktail with Mexican food. You can make a fruity strawberry margarita for brunch.
This strawberry margarita recipe is super easy and has only five simple ingredients.
You can blend your strawberry margarita or have it in a cocktail glass on the rocks with ice cubes.
To make this strawberry margarita, you need fresh strawberries (or frozen strawberries), tequila, honey, Triple Sec, and fresh lime juice.
Garnish this fruity brunch cocktail with a lime wedge and a fresh strawberry.
14. Kir Royale
One of the prettiest brunch cocktails you can serve is the Kir Royale cocktail that’s made with Creme de Cassis and champagne (or Prosecco).
We recommend dry sparkling wine or Prosecco to make the Kir Royale. The sweetness comes from the Creme de Cassis.
Garnish your Kir Royale with fresh raspberries, and serve this gorgeous cocktail in a champagne flute.
Who doesn’t love the cool taste of cucumbers? For folks who enjoy Southern living, this cucumber cocktail hits the spot for a warm weekend brunch.
There’s just something refreshing and soothing about cucumbers, and when you pull the goodness of cucumbers into brunch cocktails, you have a winner.
For a boozy brunch, this refreshing gin drink can be a classic cocktail anytime you need it.
This cucumber cocktail also has honeydew melon, so it has two cool fruits and veggies.
This recipe for drunken mocha calls for Kraken dark rum and Godiva Chocolate liqueur, and we’re here for all of it.
As if this drunken mocha isn’t rich enough, this recipe also specifies Ben & Jerry’s famous ice cream flavor Fudge Brownie.
Top off your iced drunken mocha with a dollop of whipped cream and some crushed pistachios. You can also use chocolate sprinkles like chocolate ganache.
When you want a vodka cranberry juice mixed drink, the Madras may be your new favorite.
In addition to cranberry juice, the Madras cocktail also has fresh-squeezed orange juice, so it’s super fruity.
To sweeten this brunch cocktail, use simple syrup or maple syrup.
You can serve your Madras cocktail in a cocktail glass with ice cubes or crushed ice. Garnish the Madras with a lime wedge or lemon wedge.
18. Bloody Mary
A Bloody Mary with hot sauce is a classic breakfast or brunch cocktail, and we love the idea of a Bloody Mary bar.
To make a Bloody Mary, you need tomato juice, vodka, hot horseradish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, garlic salt (or garlic powder) black pepper, and Tabasco salt.
Traditionally, a Bloody Mary is garnished with a celery stick, a lime wedge, and green olives, but for your Bloody Mary bar, you can have everything from pickled asparagus to shrimp, bacon, and cheese.
19. Rosé Lemonade
A refreshing take on a wine cocktail is rosé lemonade, which is made with homemade lemonade and rosé wine.
You can make a pitcher of rosé lemonade or just one glass to sip on for yourself.
A rosé lemonade cocktail is perfect for enjoying both for brunch and for a hot summer afternoon.
Use homemade lemonade to make this wine cocktail, or you can buy a storebought version.
Other ingredients in this refreshing wine cocktail are fresh lemon juice and club soda.
20. Sangria Lemonade
You can serve this sangria lemonade drink with your other brunch cocktails or as a standalone.
Sangria lemonade is a great cocktail recipe to have on hand for BBQs and family gatherings, too.
Use Pino Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc to make this wine cocktail, along with lemon rum and homemade lemonade.
Garnish your sangria lemonade with orange slices and slices of Granny Smith apples.
We love a cool and refreshing mojito, and when you bring fresh fruit like blueberries into this classic Cuban cocktail, it’s absolutely perfect.
This mojito recipe calls for fresh lime juice, fresh mint leaves, white rum, club soda, and crushed ice.
Muddle the lime juice, sugar, mint leaves, and blueberries in a cocktail shaker so that you can get all of the flavor out of the mint leaves and blueberries.
We all love sipping on a cup of Earl Grey tea and when it’s spiked with dark rum, that’s even better.
This Earl Grey tea cocktail is super easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.
All you need is dark rum (any type of rum is fine), simple syrup to make the Earl Grey cocktail nice and sweet, fresh lemon juice, and of course, some Earl Grey tea.
The pomegranate packs so much flavor, and they’re super healthy, too. Why not use pomegranates and pomegranate juice in champagne brunch cocktails?
This champagne brunch cocktail is made with pomegranate juice, fresh mint leaves, blood orange juice, Cointreau, a ginger beer, and champagne (or Prosecco).
Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a glass and serve over ice cubes.
Garnish with an orange slice and pomegranate arils.
24. Irish Coffee
With this particular recipe, you get the best of both worlds: Bailey’s Irish Cream and Irish whiskey.
Light brown sugar adds even more sweetness to this Irish coffee recipe, and you can top off your hot coffee with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Nothing refreshes like a big glass of sweet tea, whether for an afternoon thirst quencher or with brunch.
Spiking sweet tea sounds like an excellent idea to us, and this sweet tea sangria is amazing.
Also called Moscato Sangria, this sweet tea sangria recipe calls for a white wine that complements the fruity flavors of peaches, mint, lemon, and raspberry.
Use Moscato to make this sweet tea sangria if you can find it. Other ingredients are frozen peaches, fresh raspberries, fresh lemon slices, Triple Sec, sweet tea, and fresh mint.
26. Frozen Mudslide
With vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles, this frozen mudslide cocktail is like a breakfast dessert in a drink.
Even though this frozen mudslide is like a tasty milkshake, the three liquors and liqueurs in this breakfast cocktail pack a powerful punch.
You need Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua (or similar coffee liqueur), and vodka to make this frozen mudslide. The chocolate syrup adds tons of chocolate flavor.
Top your frozen mudslide with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
A Cosmopolitan is a classic cocktail, and it makes the perfect brunch drink.
This Cosmo recipe calls for vodka and orange liqueur. You can use Grand Marnier, Triple Sec, or Cointreau.
The other ingredients are fresh lime juice, cranberry juice cocktail, and an orange peel or orange twist for garnish.
If you want to use unsweetened cranberry juice (which we recommend), use simple syrup to sweeten your Cosmopolitan.
28. Champagne Punch
When is a good time for a champagne celebration? Hey, every day there is a reason to celebrate, and you can whip up this impressive champagne punch to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.
This champagne punch is made with more than just champagne (you can use Prosecco or another dry sparkling wine). For this champagne punch recipe, you also need vodka and Grand Marnier (or Cointreau).
Add fresh raspberries, pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, orange slices, and lemon slices to garnish this gorgeous champagne punch.
Making this Sea Breeze cocktail drink is a breeze! You need just some fruit juice and vodka and you’re ready to roll.
Also called a Hawaiian Sea Breeze, this cocktail differs from the classic Sea Breeze cocktail somewhat because it has grapefruit juice instead of pineapple juice.
Also, the Sea Breeze cocktail (this one, too) has cranberry juice, which is so naturally delicious. Use vodka to make this cocktail, and garnish the Sea Breeze with a lime wedge.
Who says you can’t have a slushy for a brunch or breakfast drink? This recipe for a frozen Aperol spritz cocktail is like sunshine in a glass.
This orange prosecco frozen cocktail is as fruity as can be because it contains orange juice, frozen strawberries, grapefruit slices, and orange slices.
Garnish your frozen Prosecco with an orange slice, grapefruit slice, and fresh mint leaves.
31. Raspberry Mimosa
How does a mimosa made with raspberry sorbet and fresh raspberries sound?
A mimosa doesn’t have to be made with orange juice. With this raspberry mimosa, you have a refreshing take on a classic brunch cocktail recipe.
You can use Prosecco to make this raspberry mimosa, or you can opt for champagne or Cava.
Grenadine adds delightful sweetness.
It’s also easy to make this a non-alcoholic cocktail for kids. Just use sparkling juice instead of Prosecco.
How about some bonus breakfast alcoholic drinks? Watch the video below to learn how to make frozen sangria margarita swirls, peach bellini granita, peach mimosa slushie, sunrise mimosa, and champagne pink lemonade.
Our 30+ BEST Refreshing Brunch Cocktails (+Cucumber-Mint Gimlet)
- ¼ cup peeled roughly chopped cucumber
- 4-5 mint leaves large
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz juiced lime
- 1 oz light agave or simple syrup
- Using cocktail shaker, muddle mint, cucumber, and syrup until a pulp.
- Add ice, gin, and lime juice, then shake for 20 seconds.
- Strain in martini glass.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.