16 Cocktail Recipes Your Brunch Depends On

by Rebecca Deczynski

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brunch-goer, in possession of a sizable amount of eggs, bacon, pancakes, and whatnot, should be in want of a cocktail. Boozy brunch is a truly important phenomenon, and for that reason, it is crucial to have your fair share of brunch cocktail recipes, so you can have the best brunch ever from the comfort of your own apartment. Paired alongside the best brunch recipes, you’ll be in for one amazing morning feast.

Unique mimosa recipes are a must for people who don’t particularly love orange juice but don’t want to down some prosecco by itself. But for others, a Bloody Mary is the way to go, whether you’re enjoying a savory or sweet brunch. It’s true that your favorite brunch drink says a lot about you, so choose wisely — there are plenty of options at hand, and they are all equally delicious.

These 16 brunch cocktails are sure to please, so there’s no need to book a reservation or wait in line to get brunch at a restaurant. Whether you want to mix things up with a margarita or you prefer some fruity sangria, the perfect brunch drink for you is just waiting for you to try it.

1. Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

Electrolyte-restoring coconut water is soothing for hangovers, so drinking it with alcohol must be a good idea too, right? Averie Cooks' pretty pink cocktail is a great bubbly option for your brunch spread.

2. Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa

Skip the orange juice. A Beautiful Mess' mimosa uses strawberry-infused grapefruit juice for an irresistible treat. Just make sure you let them infuse for several hours before serving.

3. Tangelo Gin Rosé Spritzer

With a drink that's half-cocktail, half-fresh-squeezed-juice, you can't go wrong. A Cozy Kitchen mixes together gin, tangelo juice, rosé, and sparkling water for a citrusy beverage.

4. Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins

This classic drink gets an aromatic update in A Spicy Perspective's recipe. Lavender simple syrup and Meyer lemon juice make the perfect pair for a gin cocktail.

5. Jalapeño Bloody Mary

The ideal Bloody Mary is spicy, opaque, and garnished with some sort of veggie. The Kitchn gives this recipe a twist with some pickled vegetables, which can be made in about an hour.

6. Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

If you're looking to celebrate spring with a seriously pretty cocktail, Half Baked Harvest has your back. Made with chamomile honey syrup, tequila, grapefruit juice, and strawberries, this drink has just the right amount of sweetness for a refreshment.

7. Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco

Topped off with fresh mint and frozen strawberries, Damn Delicious' brunch-ready prosecco feels fancy, but it only requires four ingredients.

8. Pineapple Mint Julep Sangria

A Farmgirl's Dabbles' tropical cocktail may take some preparation, but it is decidedly worth it. Pineapple juice, along with pineapple wedges, make this a sweet drink that's not overly sugary.

9. Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria

In serious need of a staycation? There's nothing like a fruity batch of sangria to pick you up. Averie Cooks uses Peach Schnapps for some added sweetness.

10. Raspberry Basil Mojito

Sure, a classic mojito will never disappoint, but a raspberry basil simple syrup is what makes A Beautiful Mess' drink even better than usual.

11. Grapefruit Shandy

You only need four ingredients to make this beer-based cocktail by A Cozy Kitchen. A grapefruit simple syrup gives beer a sweet accent.

12. Watermelon Basil Gin Cocktail

Basil and watermelon are an unexpected yet wholly satisfying combination, and A Spicy Perspective puts them both to good use in a basic gin cocktail.

13. Blood Orange Mimosa

Serving a crowd? No worries — this blood orange mimosa by The Kitchn is easy to make in a pitcher, so you'll have plenty of cocktails to serve up.

14. Rose Lemon Spritzer

What could be better than a cocktail with actual rosebuds in it? Half Baked Harvest uses rose water for a light floral taste.

15. White Sangria Sparkler

It just takes five minutes to make this unbeatable drink by Damn Delicious. Peaches, kiwi, and raspberries make colorful and tasty accents.

16. Prosecco Margaritas

No need to choose between sparkling wine or margaritas when you can have both. A Farmgirl's Dabbles gives you the best of both worlds.

For more ideas, check out Bustle on YouTube.

Images: Averie Cooks (2); A Beautiful Mess (2): A Cozy Kitchen (2); A Spicy Perspective (2); The Kitchn (2); Half Baked Harvest (2); Damn Delicious (2); A Farmgirl's Dabbles (2)