Here are all the brunch drinks you need: fruity, bubbly and refreshing! Includes both cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks like fruit water and spritzers.
Looking for brunch drinks? A signature drink makes any occasion more festive: and they’re perfect for brunch! Whether you’re celebrating something special (baby shower, Mother’s Day, or wedding shower), or just eating a special meal, we’ve got you covered!
Here’s a list of our favorite brunch drinks for any brunch occasion! There are both cocktails and non-alcoholic options to involve everyone. There’s everything from fruity Sea Breeze to the sophisticated French 75 champagne cocktail. Or mix up a big batch of fruit infused water for a beautiful table centerpiece. Ready for the recipes?
First up in our brunch drinks: the Sea Breeze! This cranberry grapefruit cooler is laid-back, tart and refreshing. It tastes just like its name: light, breezy, and all about no-frills vibes. It's also seriously easy to make: it's just got three ingredients. Or, change it into a Bay Breeze by using pineapple juice instead of grapefruit. Another option: mix up a big pitcher when entertaining for a crowd!
What's in a Sea Breeze cocktail? Cranberry juice, vodka, and grapefruit juice
Here’s one of the most sophisticated and refreshing cocktail recipes out there: a French 75! It’s got a mysterious name, but it’s made with a few simple ingredients. It’s tangy, bubbly, and a bit botanical. Perfect for entertaining, if you're not using it as a brunch drink ti's great for happy hour or a dinner party with friends. Really, any occasion is better with this drink in hand!
What's in a French 75? Gin, champagne, and lemon juice
This cocktail’s got a unique name and a beautiful pale pink color! What's salty about it? The salt rim, which accentuates the sweet and sour flavors. It’s tangy and refreshing, perfect as a brunch drink or for happy hour. It’s got a light summery vibe, but it also works in winter when citrus abounds. If you'd like, water it down with a little soda water as a spritzer.
What's in a Salty Dog? Gin, grapefruit juice, simple syrup
The Madras is another perfect brunch drink! Similar to the Sea Breeze, this vibrant pink vodka drink is zingy and refreshing, featuring cranberry juice for tartness and color. It takes no time at all to make: just mix it right in the glass and serve on ice!
What's in a Madras cocktail? Cranberry juice, vodka, and orange juice
Here’s a drink that’s made for brunch: a St Germain champagne cocktail! It’s sophisticated and refreshing: floral, botanical, tangy, and bubbly all at once. If you’ve never purchased a bottle of St Germain, now’s the time! It's a liqueur made with elderflowers, the small white flowers of an elderberry plant. This bottle of fancy liqueur should be part of your alcohol arsenal: it's perfect for cocktails of all kinds.
What's in a St Germain cocktail? St Germain, gin, champagne, and lemon juice
Looking for non-alcoholic brunch drinks? This fruit infused water is perfect: and easy to make! The vibrant colors of the fruit look beautiful in a pitcher. And the flavor is incredibly refreshing: it's lightly sweet and aromatic. You can use any fruits and herbs you like in this one.
What's in fruit infused water? Water, orange, strawberry, mint
What's a more classic brunch drink than a Bloody Mary? It's spicy and perfectly seasoned, it’s full of vegetable goodness. Making homemade Bloody Marys is much more delicious than mixes you can find at the grocery. Then, add your personal touches with the garnish! Celery stalks and skewers with pickles and olives are traditional. Try fancy pickles if you can find them, like cauliflower or okra.
What's in a Bloody Mary? Canned tomatoes, seasonings (Tabasco, Worcestershire, Old Bay. etc), ice, vodka
A Cosmo works as a brunch drink, too! It’s got a brilliant pink color and tangy, refreshing flavor. This classic cocktail is ready to spice up your brunch. If you'd like to water it down a bit for brunch, make it a Cosmo spritzer! Add a splash of soda water to tone down the alcohol.
What’s in a Cosmo? This cocktail is made with vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and lime (optional soda water)
This lavender lemon spritzer is great non-alcoholic brunch drink! It's scented with lavender and lightly sweet: mixed with sparkling water and garnished with sliced strawberries. It’s a fragrant and refreshing drink.
What's in a lemon spritzer? Lavender, lemon, sugar, sparkling water, strawberries
Meet our peach sangria recipe: lightly sweet, refreshing, and full of fresh peaches, raspberries, and fresh mint. Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, but there are lots of sangria variations. This peach sangria is a white sangria, meaning that it uses white wine instead of red. Mix up a batch and prepare to be amazed!
What's in peach sangria? Peaches, raspberries, white wine, brandy, sugar, sparkling water
Last up in our brunch drinks, another mocktail! Here's another delicious, fancy drink that’s an option for people who are not drinking alcohol. This pomegranate non alcoholic spritzer is sweet and tangy, featuring ruby red pomegranate juice and apple cider. It looks lovely garnished with pomegranate seeds.
What's in a pomegranate spritzer? Pomegranate juice, apple cider, soda water, lime
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.