Brunch Cocktails

There’s so much more to brunch than mimosas. Whether you prefer champagne, beer or hard liquor, the key to any great brunch cocktail is keeping things light by using fresh fruit and veggies. Mix Prosecco with pomegranate juice, fresh ginger with a hoppy IPA or vodka with blood orange juice for simple twists on classic cocktails. One of our favorites is this morning-appropriate margarita made with frozen honeydew, basil puree and lime juice. If you’re a brunch purist, you can’t go wrong with a fresh tomato Bloody Mary or a peachy Bellini. Find your new go-to drink or discover a twist on an old favorite with F&W’s guide to brunch cocktails.

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Big-Batch Bloody Marys

You know what’s easier than a bloody mary bar? Preparing a big-batch mary that’s so good, your guests don’t have to do any DIY work. This crowd-pleasing mix starts with the toned-down tomato kick of V8, then gets a double smack of heat from zippy horseradish and hot sauce. Regular pickle juice adds a puckery sweet-and-sour touch, but we really love the extra heat from a jar of spicy pickles (Wickles is our current brand crush). Be sure to let the mix sit for a least a couple hours to let the flavors meld and mingle. Pints of the bloody mary mix paired with bottles of vodka make stellar gifts.

Brunch-Inspired Cocktails

Chefs are putting the spotlight on breakfast at morning hits like ’Aina in San Francisco. Now bartenders are waking up to the idea of mixing drinks with iconic morning ingredients.

Aquavit and Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary

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To get the richest flavor for your Bloody Mary mix, use superripe, heavy red tomatoes. If you can’t find adequate vine-ripened tomatoes, use red cherry tomatoes in their place. Slideshow:  More Bloody Mary Recipes 

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Fresh-Squeezed Heirloom Bloody Mary

For this refreshing Bloody Mary recipe, make sure you are using the freshest possible tomatoes, as it will make all the difference in the texture and final flavor. If adding vodka, note that it does separate from the juice, so make sure to give it a stir before serving. Slideshow: More Tomato Recipes 

Oyster-Topped Bloody Marys and Birthday Champagne with Vodka-Soaked Gummy Bears

Coffee, wine, beer, cocktails—if it’s made well and it’s potable, then F&W editors will drink it. Here's what we tried this past week.

8 Bloody Marys That Really Do Count as a Serving of Vegetables

Here, eight (relatively) healthy Bloody Marys.