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 a spin on that most classic of all brunch drinks: the mimosa! We think this one's the best. It's made with Italian Prosecco, orange juice, and a dash of Cointreau for the perfect bubbly citrus flavor. Use Prosecco instead of champagne for a sweeter, nuanced flavor. Or opt for vodka with a Screwdriver!
What's in a mimosa? Fresh orange juice, champagne or Prosecco, Cointreau
Here’s a brunch drink that you must try ASAP. A rose spritzer! This is the perfect way to make a no-fuss drink that’s full of refreshing bubbles. A spritzer is a bubbly drink made with wine and soda water that originated in Austria: and you can make it with any type of wine! Also try Red Wine Spritzer.
Here’s a sparkling cocktail that’s full of beautiful fresh flavor: the Bellini! The bellini is a classic cocktail that comes from Italy. The combination of bubbly Prosecco and sweet peaches couldn’t be more refreshing! It’s ideal in the summer during peach season, as a signature drink for cocktail hour. And of course, it’s natural for brunch like its cousin the mimosa. Luckily, you can use either fresh or frozen peaches: so you can make it anytime!
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
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
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
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
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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.