Brunch cocktails

It’s your turn to host Sunday brunch amongst your circle of friends. You want it be absolutely stellar and memorable, but how do you improve upon that decadent creme brûlée French toast served at the last brunch?

Delectable cocktails, that’s how!

Think beyond the typical mimosas that are ubiquitous at every Sunday brunch, and get creative with the libations you serve your guests–they will appreciate your time and effort.

Need some inspiration?

Don’t be afraid to copy from your favorite eatery. I had the most delicious cocktail out at brunch at a local restaurant a couple of months ago, now I serve it at my brunches, and my friends think I’m brilliant! Here’s the recipe:

Serves 6

1. Elderflower Peach Fizz

Ingredients

  • One bottle of Prosecco (I use La Marca Prosecco Extra Dry. You can use any sparkling wine though)
  • St. Germain’s Elderflower Liqueur
  • Peach Liqueur (I use Mathilde’s Peche Liqueur. Do not use Peach Schnapps, it has added sugar and will make this concoction too sweet)
  • Frozen or fresh peaches, sliced

Directions

Put the peaches into a decanter or pitcher. Chill the Prosecco, pop the cork and pour into the decanter.  Add 1/2 cup each of the St. Germain and Peach Liqueurs. Chill and serve garnished with a peach slice.

A few more off-the-beaten-path cocktails to make your next brunch a fun, boozy affair!

2. Champagne Punch - Keep it simple. Fruit, simple syrup and champagne–it’s the Sangria of the sparkling wine world.

3. Pimm’s Cup - Pimm’s Cup is a popular British summer cocktail that’s seen a recent surge in popularity in the US. There are many variations, and just as many opinions as to which one is best, but I like mine with Pimm’s No 1, Cointreau, lime juice, ginger ale, mint leaves and cucumber slices.

4. Cucumber Peel -  For a twist, think cucumbers in your champagne instead of fruit. Champagne, cucumbers, simple syrup and mint make this a refreshing tonic.

5. Rising Sun - A twist on the classic Bloody Mary, this drink is made with yellow tomato water, vodka, lemon and tabasco. Garnish it with a rosemary sprig.

6. Blackberry Prosecco Cocktail - Gin, prosecco, sweet and sour syrup, basil leaves and blackberries make for a tantalizing combination just perfect for the upcoming berry season.

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