A champagne brunch is nice. Very nice. But there are several other classic brunch drinks from which to choose, like Mimosa, Ramos Fizz, Bloody Mary, and Irish Coffee.
Here are some of the most time-honored brunch cocktails and brunch punch recipes. But don't forget champagne; it still rules.
Pictured: French toast with smoked applewood sausage and mimosas
Bloody Mary Recipe for 6
There are many Bloody Mary recipes, but none varies from another very much. Still, this is a really good one.
2-1/2 cups tomato juice
2-1/2 cups Spicy V8 juice (or the like)
3 cups vodka
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (or to taste)
Salt and pepper
6 celery stalks
Chill all the liquid ingredients. In a large pitcher, stir together the juices, vodka, Worcestershire, and hot pepper sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fill the pitcher with ice and stir. Strain into glasses and garnish with a celery stalk.
Virgin Mary: Omit the vodka.
Mimosa Recipe for 6
The best mimosa recipe is the one made with fresh squeezed orange juice.
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
2 cups quality champagne or sparkling wine
Chill the ingredients. Fill 6 (8-ounce) champagne flutes or white
wine glasses with 1/3 cup orange juice each. Top with an equal amount
of champagne or sparkling wine. Stir once.
Bellini Recipe for 6
The famous original Bellini recipe was made only with prosecco, (Italian sparkling wine) and pureed white peaches.
3 ripe peaches, peeled and pitted
Fine sparkling wine or champagne, chilled
Puree the peaches in a blender. Divide the peach puree into 6 (8-ounce) champagne flutes and top with sparkling wine or champagne. Stir once.
Baby Bellini: Substitute sparkling apple cider for the sparkling wine.
Ramos Fizz Recipe for 2
This is a light and frothy cocktail, reminiscent of lemon-lime sherbet. It is best prepared in smaller batches.
1/2 cup gin
4 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoon lime juice
4 teaspoons sugar
2 (pasteurized) egg whites
4 teaspoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon orange flower water*
1-1/2 cups crushed ice
Club soda (about 2/3 cup)
Combine all ingredients but the club soda and nutmeg in a blender. Blend for a minute or two, until frothy. Divide the mixture into 2 highball glasses, top with club soda, and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top. Serve immediately.
* If you've never heard of orange flower water before,
don't worry. It's inexpensive and easy to find in nicer liquor stores
like Beverages and More and online on Amazon and other sites.
For large groups it may be more practical, and entirely appropriate, to serve punch. If you'd like to reflect the essence of the classic brunch drinks, you can serve one of these Champagne Punch Recipes or Brunch Punch, below.
Steak is one of the few foods that does not pair well with
champagne or champagne-type cocktails. So if steak is on the brunch
menu, consider serving Sangria Wine, a wonderful outdoorsy drink guests love.
This punch is very much like the Bloody Mary recipe, but made with rum instead of vodka. Serve it out of a pitcher or two, if you like, instead of a punch bowl.
3 quarts tomato juice
1 liter (about 4 1/4 cups) light or dark rum
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup fresh lemon or lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Sliced lemons or limes for garnish
Chill all the liquid ingredients. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl or other large container. Float an ice mold or small block of ice. Float thin-sliced lemons or limes for garnish.
Irish Coffee, another classic
Champagne Cocktails make great brunch drinks, too.
Ginger Lemonade, a non-alcoholic brunch drink.
Tips for making ice molds for punch
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