Best Brunch Beverages

 

Serve sweet fizzy drinks, spicy cocktails, spiked teas and fresh fruit beverages to accompany your brunch buffet.

 

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Orange Cream Mimosas

Tyler Florence spiffs up the always-refreshing brunch classic by tossing in a scoop of homemade orange cream sorbet. Sweet and creamy, it's the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Get the Recipe: Orange Cream Mimosa

Red Wine Sangria

Tia Mowry's sangria gets a tropical flair from pineapple juice, but also includes classic ingredients like brandy, peaches, plums and limes.

Get the Recipe: Red Wine Sangria

Peach Ginger Bellini

Give your brunch-time Bellini a bit of zing with Tyler's ginger-infused simple syrup.

Get the Recipe: Peach Ginger Bellini

Sunrise Mimosa

You probably won't be up for brunch when the sun rises, but you can layer mango and pomegranate in your cocktail to get a similarly gorgeous visual. Bonus: It's delicious, too.

Get the Recipe: Sunrise Mimosa

Sparkling Sangria de Cava

Daisy Martinez stirs up her sparkling sangria with fresh berries and adds an extra kick with peach brandy.

Get the Recipe: Sparkling Wine Sangria (Sangria de Cava)

Gazpacho Bloody Maria

Is this a soup or a cocktail? It's somewhere in between and is packed with quite a punch of tequila. Ay yi yi!

Get the Recipe: Gazpacho Bloody Maria

Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Mash blackberries into iced tea to add sweet-tart flavor and a pretty purple hue. Float bourbon on top of the chilled tea just before serving.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Michelada

Hot sauce and horseradish bring the heat, but brown ale and fresh lime juice help keep things under control. This brunch cocktail is all about balance.

Get the Recipe: Michelada

Strabellini

Spare the peach, please! Darryl Robinson does it up with fresh strawberries and zingy strawberry vodka instead.

Get the Recipe: Strabellini

Sinless Sangria

Kelsey Nixon's virgin sangria starts with a base of sparkling grape juice. Cranberry, lime and orange juices give it a sweet tang and color. Kelsey mixes in strawberries, citrus and mint, but feel free to use any fruit and fresh herbs you have on hand.

Get the Recipe: Sinless Sangria

Spicy Bloody Bull

Think Bloody Mary, but with beer and a little bit of licorice to round it off — salty, peppery and oh-so-spicy!

Get the Recipe: Bloody Bull

Champagne Sangria

Try a whole new take on sangria, with citrus and vanilla-flavored liqueur and a few cloves for a bit of spice.

Get the Recipe: It's a Wonderful Sangria

Mint Lemonade

Laura Calder uses a lemon syrup to flavor her lemonade, then mixes it into iced water garnished with mint and citrus peel. Keep leftover syrup in the refrigerator for on-demand lemonade.

Get the Recipe: Better Than Citron Presse

Fresh Strawberry Bellini

Simple and yet so satisfying, Mario Batali's Bellini comes together with only two ingredients: pureed strawberries and Prosecco.

Get the Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Bellini

Bloody Maria

Heat alert! This drink has whole jalapenos as a garnish and jalapeno-infused ice cubes, too. Count on the lemon-infused vodka to cool things off.

Get the Recipe: Michael's Bloody Maria

Raspberry Limeade with Lavender and Mint

If you're skipping the alcohol, you can do no better than Kelsey's raspberry limeade, sweetened with sugar and infused with bubbly seltzer water.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry Limeade with Lavender and Mint

Icebreaker Mojito

Mix up this midsummer sip when the watermelons hit the farm stand. Throw in cubes of the juicy fruit with pineapple, lime and mint — it's like a rum-spiked fruit salad!

Get the Recipe: Icebreaker Mojitos

Rhubarb Water

This simple drink tastes like early summer. Infuse water with fresh rhubarb overnight and flavor it with sugar and lemon juice.

Get the Recipe: Rhubarb Water

Limoncello Spritzer

Debi and Gabriele take the classic summer drink and make it their own with fresh raspberries and Prosecco.

Get the Recipe: Limoncello Spritzer

Nini Bellini

Jamie's classic Bellini has just two ingredients: peaches and Prosecco. It's perfect for brunch or anytime during peach season.

Get the Recipe: Nini Bellini

Agua Fresca

These blended fruity drinks are prevalent throughout Mexico, sold on the street and in restaurants alike. Mark Bittman makes his with cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew and pineapple.

Get the Recipe: Agua Fresca

The Donatella Cocktail

The tasty libation includes Martini Bianco and Prosecco, cucumber, basil, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and Grey Goose Vodka, all served on ice and garnished with a Campari tomato. It's like summer in cocktail form.

Get the Recipe: The Donatella Cocktail

Orange Peel Wine

Serve Laura's sweet orange-infused wine cocktail for a refreshing addition to any breakfast or brunch table.

Get the Recipe: Orange Peel Wine

Mote con Huesillos

Dried peaches (huesillos) are soaked overnight, then poached in a light syrup with caramelized sugar to form the base of this popular Chilean summer dessert beverage.

Get the Recipe: Mote con Huesillos

Elderflower Sparkler

Counter hot afternoons with Kelsey's cool sparkler made with pink grapefruit, sparkling water and elderflower syrup.

Get the Recipe: Elderflower Sparkler

Earl Grey Spritzer

Skip the hot stuff, and opt instead for Bobby Flay's tea-flavored summer spritzer made with Earl Grey tea, champagne, sugar and lemon.

Get the Recipe: Earl Grey Spritzer

Mixed Berry Iced Tea

Berries are cooked down with sugar to make a refreshing iced tea. Keep things cold with strawberry ice cubes that add even more fruity flavor to the tea instead of just diluting it.

Get the Recipe: Mixed Berry Iced Tea

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