What Your Favorite Brunch Drink Says About You

by Taylor Henriquez

If there was ever a reason to rationalize spending money on brunch and brunch cocktails, it's summer. This season is the time to let your hair down, let your skin breathe, and let certain inhibitions go. It's also the best time to do a little soul searching. Believe it or not, your favorite brunch drink says a lot about you — whether you're a mimosa fan, or prefer something a little bit more on the wild side.

While the popularity of everyone’s favorite meal between breakfast and lunch has surged within the last decade, no one is sure when and where brunch began. Historians argue England, some argue New York. Regardless, we can all agree that when the clock strikes noon on Sunday, a mad dash for eggs and cocktails is top priority.

Biased “fact”: French toast tastes better when chased with a Bellini — it must be the bubbles. If you are new to the brunch game, or if you need a refresher from hibernating after so many months, I'm here to help you navigate the brunch cocktail list, covering the classics like the mimosa to new favorites like the Paloma. Coffee is for Monday through Friday. This weekend, order a cocktail. Here's what your favorite brunch drink says about you.

1. Mimosa

Traditionally made with champagne and orange juice, the mimosa is perhaps the most classic, most popular, and most easy-to-make cocktail on this list. If you enjoy bottomless brunches, The Bachelorette, and own a selfie stick (wait... are you legal?), then this is your cocktail.

2. Bellini

The Bellini is made with Prosecco, an Italian white sparkling wine, and fruit puree, traditionally peach. This cocktail is for the former study abroad student who believes that semester was the best five months of his or her life. Phrases like, "When I was in Rome..." or "I remember that summer in Florence..." pepper their daily speech. Girl, drink, before we have another Prosecco shortage.

3. Bloody Mary

Love it or hate it, the Bloody Mary is usually a show-stopper of a drink, with adornments ranging from six-inch celery stalks to lobster claws. This drink is for those who are still hungover from the night before, or are looking for attention (because if you have the aforementioned lobster claw hanging from your glass, that's definitely gonna get you attention). The Bloody Mary is a meal in itself, containing vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, grated onion, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco. Not for the faint of palate.

4. Sangria

Winos, rejoice! Sangria lovers just want to party, and this is yet another excuse to drink your favorite red or white wine before 5 p.m. A basic sangria is often made with red, white, or sparkling wine, a hint of Cointreau or orange liquor, and slices of fruit. You can jazz it up by adding vodka, brandy, and sparkling water. It may sound like a lot, but sangria fans are always up for a good time.

5. Paloma

You have your Uber app open and ready to go, your water and Aspirin are bedside, and you have the rest of your Sunday to sleep. You've just had a Paloma, Mexico's other favorite tequila drink, made with grapefruit soda and lime juice. You didn't go to brunch with the mission of just eating, you went to continue last night's party.

6. Michelada

Maybe all you want with your chilaquiles or poached eggs is an iced cold beer, not a bubbly beverage. This popular drink is made with a Mexican lager, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and often times tomato juice. It's a laid back version of a Bloody Mary, and an easy beverage to make at home. Honestly you're so chill, it hurts.

7. French 75

The history of this champagne cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, and sugar, dates back to World War I. Named after a French 75-mm field gun, the French 75 is a cocktail for those too sophisticated for a mimosa, and who like to inject history points mid-conversation in between bites from the bread basket. Stay classy.

Images: Joy The Baker; ; Big Girls Small Kitchen; the kitchn; A Cozy Kitchen; Erin & Camera, Vague on the How, Annie's Eats/Flickr; Giphy (3)