Brunch is one of the best things about the weekend. It’s the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch, and even better, you get a free pass to have cocktails in the AM. To celebrate the magic of brunch, and to do more than the classic mimosa, here are a few recipes for the next time you’re brunching on the weekend.
Belvedere Brunch Bliss
This drink was tailor made for brunch. Part of the “Art of Brunch” recipe book, this is a refreshing cocktail that can easily be made while whipping up other aspects of your brunch extravaganza. You can also get other brunch ideas from the newly launched Facebook chatbot.
- 1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka
- 0.75 oz Lime juice
- 0.5 oz Honey
- 2 oz Kombucha
- Dash of Angostura Bitters
Method: Place all ingredients in a shaker except the Kombucha and shake with ice. Strain into a coupe glass and top off with ice cold Kombucha. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Nothing says brunch better than a mimosa, but rather than serve up the same old mimosa that we all know and love, why not try a twist. Take the best parts of a paloma and pair the two for brunch heaven.
- 1.5 cups Grapefruit juice
- 0.25 cups Lime juice
- 0.25 cups blanco Tequila
- 1 bottle of prosecco
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp. kosher salt
- Lime wedges
Method: In a large pitcher, combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and tequila. Stir to combine and chill. Meanwhile, on a small shallow dish, stir together sugar and salt. Wet the rim of six champagne flutes with a lime wedge and dip in mixture. Divide the alcohol evenly among glasses and top with champagne. Garnish with lime wedges.
- 4 slices cucumber
- 2 dashes Tabasco pepper sauce
- 3 grinds fresh cracked salt and black peeper
- 3 dashes Fresh Cracked Salt and Pepper
- 1 oz Crystal Skull Vodka
- 4 oz. Caesar Cocktail Mix
Method: In a mixing glass, muddle everything but the vodka and caesar cocktail mix. Add the vodka and caesar cocktail mix, and stir well to mix and spread the flavours around. Rim a highball glass with salt and black pepper and fill to the top with ice. Strain the mixture into the highball glass, and garnish with a slice of cucumber and basil.
Pimm’s Cups are dangerously good. These refreshing British cocktails combine a bitterness with crisp cucumber to create something extraordinary. The recipe is for a glass, but you may end up needing to make a pitcher.
- 2oz Pimm’s No. 1
- 3oz Ginger Beer (in a pinch, Ginger Ale will do)
- 1-2 Cucumber slices
- Sprig of mint
Method: Top a highball glass with ice, add Pimm’s and Ginger Beer. Garnish with cucumber and mint. For a variation, you can also add in sliced strawberries, lemon or rhubarb as garnish.
- 1 bottle of Dry Red Wine
- 1.5 cups of Bacardi White Rum
- 1 cup of Orange Juice
- 0.5 cup of Sugar
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
- 1 Orange
Method: Slice lemon, lime and orange into rounds and place into a large pitcher. Add in rum and sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Chill for at least two hours, to allow the fruit flavours to mix in. Crush the fruit slightly and add wine and orange juice. Top with ice.