Look, don't misunderstand us. There's not a darn thing wrong with a mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Not a thing! We absolutely love the way fruity, bubbly mimosas and intense, savory Bloody Marys perk us right up at brunch, no matter how crazy we got the night before. We really do.
At the same time, there is SO much more to brunchy cocktails than those two standbys, and we want you to know that you can expand your horizons a little if you want to mix it up and win brunch.
Below are some of our favorite noon-approved cocktail options. Of course, they will work equally well at your evening #ThirstyThursday turn up. Don't limit yourself.
We just adore how light, crisp and refreshing this one is. Plus, the green tea and apple juice has a bit of healthy stuff and a dash of caffeine, which is always a bonus.
We know you're familiar with mimosas, but if you want to have a similar drink, try swapping out the orange juice for another variety. We love this tangy grapefruit version!
You're still drinking a strong margarita, but the coconut aspect here adds some extra health and body, making it feel a little brighter and more brunchable. Morning or evening, we sure can't resist this one.
If you're feeling a little off, the ginger, mint and lemon will fix you right up, while the beer and vodka make things a little more exciting.
This is sort of like a tastier version of sangria, and it's especially awesome if you have cheap white wine lying around that needs a little extra help. Feel free to mix this one up with any citrus and herbs if you're feeling creative.
Add a little bright, fresh sweetness to your sparkling wine with the just ever-so-tart flavor of elderflower and sprinkle in whatever berries (fresh or frozen) you have around. This would be delightful with edible flowers too, if you have access to them.
You drink grapefruit juice at brunch anyway, right? Don't stop there! Add a little vodka and salt, and you have a super tasty cocktail.
If you've never had one of these creamy, fluffy drinks, you are in for a cocktail unlike anything you've ever tasted. Yes, it'll take you a bit of elbow grease to shake the cream until it is pretty much all foam, but we assure you that the decadence you will create is WORTH IT.
This is basically the sweet version of a Michelada. Swap out Clamato juice for sweet mango nectar for a real crowd pleaser. P.S. This would be awesome garnished with some sweet Lucas candy. We dare you to prove us right.
If you're chilly but still need a pick-me-up, consider this creamy hazelnut and orange take on everybody's favorite Irish coffee. You're welcome.