The 20 Best Cocktails for Brunch

Easy Drinks Perfect for the Midmorning Meal

Light drinks filled with fruit flavors are ideal for brunch. Whether you're in the mood for vodka, tequila, or gin, there's a fantastic cocktail that's perfect for the midmorning meal. A few are easy-drinking wine cocktails, and there's even a no-proof drink if you want to skip the alcohol entirely. With brunch favorites like the bloody Mary, screwdriver, and mimosa leading the way, these drinks are easy to mix up, great with food, and sure to be a hit with your guests.

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    Vodka screwdriver

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    A staple at the brunch table, the screwdriver is simply orange juice and vodka. It's easy to make by the glass or pitcher and pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods. For the best screwdriver, don't overpour the vodka and use fresh-squeezed orange juice.

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    Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary

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    The bloody Mary's tomato flavor is an excellent choice for brunch. It's most satisfying when served with breakfast casseroles, pancakes, and other savory dishes. Make it spicy or keep it mild, and mix up a full pitcher without the alcohol to let everyone decide whether they want it spiked or not.

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    Crazy Bloody Mary

    Mugs of crazy bloody mary with bacon straw and grilled cheese

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    This crazy bloody mary is like a meal in a glass. It starts with a traditional vodka-tomato juice mix, but the garnish is where it really gets knocked out of the park. It features a mini grilled cheese sandwich and dill pickle skewer with a bacon "straw" stuck in the drink like a swizzle stick.

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    The mimosa is an iconic brunch cocktail because it's soft, effervescent, and incredibly easy to mix up. You'll need just three ingredients—triple sec, orange juice, and Champagne—for the basic mimosa. There are many fabulous variations to try, as well.

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    The Bellini

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    When you're feeling a little peachy, turn to the Bellini. While there are a few shortcuts you could take to this classic drink, a fresh peach purée keeps it authentic and ensures the freshest taste. The sparkling wine cocktail goes well with fish and white meat dishes as well as light omelets.

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    New Orleans Fizz

    New Orleans Fizz

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    Show off your cocktail skills with the New Orleans fizz. Filled with a delightful mix of citrus, a shot of gin, and its creamy effervescence, this drink never fails to impress. The real secret to pulling off the Big Easy favorite is to shake until it hurts. Don't worry, you'll forget the pain after the first sip!

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    Melon Patch

    The Melon Patch is an easy vodka cocktail.
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    Easy and refreshing, the melon patch is perfect alongside fruit salads on a warm summer day. The recipe uses a melon liqueur, triple sec, and vodka and is topped with club soda. Despite the three liquors, it's not a strong vodka cocktail and is similar to enjoying a glass of wine.

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    Sweet Sunrise

    Sweet Sunrise Mocktail Recipe

    Hold the tequila and mix up a sweet (or virgin) sunrise. This mocktail recipe offers the same showstopping look of the tequila sunrise but in a more innocent form. The grenadine adds a perfect amount of sweetness to counteract the orange juice's tart acidity. No matter what food you're serving, it's an ideal match for breakfast or brunch.

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    Greyhound Cocktail

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    Grapefruit is another popular morning fruit, and the greyhound flaunts it spectacularly. For this recipe, you'll use grapefruit juice instead of the screwdriver's orange juice. If you offer vodka with both juices, guests can choose between the two cocktails, so everyone's sure to be happy.

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    Irish Coffee

    Original Irish Coffee Recipe

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    There are a number of coffee cocktails to choose from, though few can beat the charm of an authentic Irish coffee. Spiked with Irish whiskey and sweetened with brown sugar, this recipe is best when topped with lightly whipped heavy cream.

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    Sea Breeze

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    A muffin, a grapefruit, and a sea breeze combine for a quick and straightforward brunch on short notice. The vodka-cranberry drink adds a touch of grapefruit juice for extra dimension without additional hassle. Garnish it with lime or grapefruit slices, and a brilliant drink is ready to serve.

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    Fuzzy Navel

    Fuzzy Navel Cocktail

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    Take the fuzzy navel out of the bar and bring it to brunch for a quick mixed drink. If you're feeling a little wilder one morning, add vodka to the peach schnapps and orange juice mix for a hairy navel.

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    Abbey Cocktail

    Classic Abbey Cocktail

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    When it comes to morning martinis, the abbey cocktail is always a winner. Gin and orange juice combine for this easy neat drink, and the dash of orange bitters makes it a little more interesting.

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    Cucumber Collins

    Cucumber Collins Cocktail

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    The cucumber collins is delightfully refreshing, and perfect for a summer brunch in the garden. It begins with a muddle of fresh cucumber and lime and is fabulous with either vodka or gin. Pour a hard seltzer if you like or keep it gentle with club soda, and have fun arranging the cucumber ribbons in the glass.

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    Bacon Me Angry

    Angry Orchard Hard Cider's Bacon Me Angry Cocktail with Bacon-infused Vodka

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    If you're the adventurous type, give the bacon me angry cocktail a whirl. This funky drink recipe begins with bacon-infused vodka, which you'll have to make yourself. When that's ready, mix it with maple syrup, bitters, and hard cider for an unforgettable drink.

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    Raspberry Lemonade Sangria

    Raspberry Lemonade Sangria
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    Sangria is ideal for any party, large or small, and it makes serving drinks at brunch a little easier. For this raspberry lemonade sangria, you'll mix up the wine, lemonade, and berry base the night before. Add citrus soda to the pitcher when guests arrive, and you're can enjoy the meal without worrying about drinks.

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    Cranberry Mule

    cranberry moscow mule

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    During cranberry season, mix up a seasonal Moscow mule. This recipe adds the fresh berries to that popular mix of lime juice, vodka, and ginger beer. It's a perfect big-batch cocktail for a small party and it's fun to make.

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    Papaya Smash

    Tequila Avion's Papaya Smash Cocktail

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    Tequila is the star of this papaya smash recipe. The tropical fruit mix of papaya, lime, and orange is sweetened with agave nectar and a great foundation for a well-aged tequila. More fitting for brunch, it includes Aperol, the bitter orange liqueur that turns any drink into a meal-worthy delight.

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    Basil-Rosemary Orange Shandy

    Freshmade Orange Shandy

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    Beer on your mind? This orange-flavored shandy recipe is an excellent choice. You can make the orangeade ahead of time, and you'll love the additional flavor from the basil and rosemary-infused simple syrup. When it's time for drinks, simply fill half the glass, then add your favorite wheat ale or lager.

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    Zipper Cocktail Recipe

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    It doesn't get much easier than a cocktail with just three ingredients. The zipper is a raspberry-flavored, sparkling vodka cocktail that offers a taste everyone will appreciate. Though typically served very short, this recipe is an excellent candidate for a pitcher drink. Simply keep the vodka and Chambord at one part each, then increase the soda to about four parts as you increase the volume.