All brunch connoisseurs know that the popular weekend meal is just as much about the booze as it is the food. Starting in late morning and stretching as long as you and your revelers can go, brunch is the perfect time to enjoy an alcohol-infused beverage. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Micheladas are just some of the beverages that are routinely enjoyed during the midday weekend meal, and today, we’re showing you how to make them at home. Instead of going out for brunch every Saturday and Sunday, start hosting some weekend meals at home and draw party guests to your pad with these six boozy brunch beverages.
1. Bloody Mary
Every bruncher needs to know how to make a good Bloody Mary, and this recipe from Chowhound breaks it down for you. The key ingredients in a Bloody Mary are vodka, tomato juice, and Tabasco sauce, but don’t forget your seasonings. This recipe also calls for Worcestershire sauce and freshly grated horseradish. Serve the beverage cold in a high ball glass and you’re good to go.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
- 2 to 3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 3 dashes of Tabasco Sauce
- Pinch of coarse salt or sea salt
- Pinch of freshly ground pepper
- ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
- Pinch of celery salt or seeds, crushed
- Wedges of lemon and lime
Directions: Combine the vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco Sauce, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt in a cocktail shaker over ice, and blend. Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass. Garnish with a wedge each of lemon and lime. Add a tender celery stalk.
2. Classic Mimosa
Next: The mimosa. Mimosas are definitely not difficult to make, but getting the right ratio down is key. Most people like their mimosas with equal parts champagne and equal parts orange juice, but you can always adjust the ratio based on the crowd you’re serving. And in addition, as always, fresh and quality ingredients are important. Follow this formula from Inspired Taste for a recipe that serves one drink and then multiply for a crowd.
- ⅓ cup chilled dry sparkling wine
- ⅓ cup chilled orange juice
- 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional)
Directions: Fill each of eight champagne flutes halfway with wine. Fill almost all the way to the top with orange juice. If desired, add a splash of Grand Marnier or triple sec.
3. Semifreddo Bellini
Bellinis are brunch beverages, too! Just ask Martha. This semifreddo Bellini recipe from Martha Stewart is cool, refreshing, and sweet. Any day that starts with this AM cocktail is sure to be a good one, because how can you go wrong with champagne, peach schnapps, and sugar?
- 1 cup peeled, chopped peaches, frozen until hardened
- ¼ cup peach schnapps
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine
- 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
- 1 cup small ice cubes
- Peach slices, for garnish
Directions: Blend peaches, peach schnapps, 2 tablespoons Champagne, the sugar, and ice in a blender until smooth. Divide mixture between 2 glasses; top off each glass with ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Champagne, and serve.
Or, you can spice up your mornings with a Michelada. The classic Mexican beer cocktail is popular at brunch establishments, and now you can make it at home via this recipe from Saveur. As long as you have Mexican lager, hot sauce, and the iconic Mexican seasonings, you have all you need. Dip the rim of your glasses in Tajin and get mixing.
- 2 tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon Tajín seasoning
- Lime wedge
- 3 slices cucumber
- 2 ounces tomato juice
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 dashes Maggi seasoning
- 12-ounce bottle Mexican lager, such as Negra Modelo, chilled
- Cooked shrimp, to garnish
Directions: Place 2 tablespoons Tajín seasoning on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a tall beer glass; dip rim into Tajín and fill glass with ice. Dip cucumber slices into Tajín and place on rim of glass. Add tomato juice, lime juice, hot sauce, ½ teaspoon Tajín, kosher salt, and Maggi seasoning to glass. Add Mexican lager and stir to combine. Garnish with cooked shrimp, if you like.
6. The Screwdriver
Last but not least: The Screwdriver. If you have orange juice left over from your mimosas, locate your vodka and use up the OJ with this Screwdriver recipe from Rasa Malaysia. Fresh squeezed orange juice, vodka, and sugar are a match made in brunch beverage heaven, and this is one AM drink that goes down just a little too easily. The recipe serves two.
- 1 cup freshly squeeze orange juice
- ⅓ cup vodka
- 1½ cups ice
- Sugar to taste, optional
Directions: Combine orange juice, vodka, and ice in a large pitcher. Stir well to combine. Taste and add sugar, if needed. Pour into cocktail glasses at once.