Brunch Cocktails that are better than a mimosa or a Bloody Mary

Ketel One Green Mary, photo provided by Ketel One
Ketel One Green Mary, photo provided by Ketel One /

A leisurely brunch deserves some delicious brunch cocktails. While a mimosa or a Bloody Mary can be tasty, these cocktails will make the day extra special.

One of the best parts about brunch is the brunch cocktails. In some ways, brunch is the acceptable way to sip on a cocktail before noon. Although some cocktails, like a mimosa or a Bloody Mary, are synonymous with brunch, those bottomless beverages are not the only options.

From vodka cocktails to sparkling wines to even a nuanced aged rum, a brunch cocktail can either be the first sip that wakes up the palate or a beverage that perfectly complements that flavorful meal. Now is the time to explore everything that a brunch cocktail can be.

Here are a few brunch cocktails that are personal favorites.

Ketel One Vodka’s Green Mary

Many people understand the benefits of eating more greens. Why not drink some greens during brunch? This cocktail uses a green juice (freshly squeezed or your favorite brand). The combination of the healthy greens, the acid from the lime juice and sweetness from the vanilla, this cocktail will have you forget about a spicy Bloody Mary.

"Ketel One Vodka’s Green MaryIngredients35ml Ketel One Vodka100ml freshly juiced equal parts of celery and cucumber (or any greens you have readily available)20ml freshly squeezed lime1 pinch of rock salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried chili flakesHalf a vanilla podMethodAdd all ingredients to the glass, stir well, add ice, garnish with a salted cucumber slice and vanilla pod and enjoy!"

Orange Blossom

For many people, the bottomless mimosa is a brunch classic. While that orange juice and sparkling wine combination is an easy choice, that classic cocktail can get an upgrade. In this cocktail, the touch of orange marmalade boosts the flavor. Just a little warning, while the Orange Blossom has a similar flavor to a mimosa, it does pack a punch.

"Orange BlossomIngredients:3 oz. La Marca Prosecco1 oz. Premium Vodka1 tbsp. orange marmalade1 oz. orange juice½ oz. simple syrupInstructions:Shake all ingredients except La Marca. Strain the Vodka mix into a champagne flute while simultaneously pouring in your Prosecco. Garnish with a twist of orange peel for a refreshing vodka cocktail."

Old Cuban

While not a traditional choice, a rum cocktail can be a wonderful brunch cocktail. This cocktail is sweet yet herbaceous. With a touch of sparkling wine, the cocktail is light and bubbly. Try pairing it with a frittata or even an eggs benedict and enjoy the leisurely brunch experience.

"Old CubanIngredients:· 1½ parts BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Rum· 4 mint leaves· ⅔ part sugar syrup· ½ part lime juice· 2 dashes of bitters· 2 parts ProseccoMethod: Shake all ingredients (except sparkling). Double strain and top with Prosecco. Garnish with a mint leaf float."

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Truly Strawberry Basil cocktail for Mother’s Day, photo provided by Truly /

The Give Me Five Minutes

Sometimes five minutes can make all the difference. From the snooze button to stepping away from mom duties, those little breaks are well deserved.

This cocktail can make five minutes seem like an hour. Made with Truly, this brunch cocktail could be perfect with some French Toast or some waffles. With the touch of basil, the cocktail can work with savory dishes, too. Ready for a taste?

"The Give Me Five MinutesIngredients:6 oz. Truly Strawberry Lemonade.5 oz. Stevia Simple Syrup.25 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice4 Strawberries4 Basil LeavesTo Make:In a mixing glass, add stevia syrup (can nix, if needed!), lemon juice, two basil leaves, two strawberries (cut into small pieces) and muddle. Cover with ice and shake. Add Truly Strawberry Lemonade to the mixing tin and pour over a 14oz. cooler glass. Garnish with additional strawberries and fresh basil leaves as desired! Serve cocktail with the remainder of the can."

Tito’s Early Bird

The old saying is the early bird always gets the worm. This brunch cocktail has similarities to other classic options, but adds its own twist. The grapefruit juice is that touch of tartness that is the perfect way to start the day.

"Tito’s Early BirdIngredients1 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka2 oz sparkling wine1 oz grapefruit juice¼ oz lime juice1-2 sage leaves, garnishMethodAdd all ingredients to a flute and garnish with sageEnjoy!"

These brunch cocktails are just a few of the many options. Whether you try something new or stick with a classic, a little libation during that leisurely meal can be delightful.

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What are your favorite brunch cocktails? Are you willing to try a new sipper?