We’re going to let you in on a little host secret: Having people over for brunch is sooo much better than inviting people over for dinner. Not only does it come without the pressure of a Friday or Saturday night dinner party, but the vibe is decidedly more casual, loved ones can come and go, and you never have to worry about kicking people out just so you can go to bed!
While we’re at it, here’s another little truth: At brunch, the drinks are the real star of the show. You can eat eggs any day, but when else can everyone get away with enjoying a spirited libation that early in the day?
So next time you have something to celebrate, whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday or a graduation, have everyone come over in the middle of the day—and make your refreshments count. Below are five of our favorite brunch cocktails, along with five brunches that they’re perfect for.
If Everyone Is Hung Over: The Ultimate Bloody Mary
If everyone is recovering from a wild night when they show up to brunch, be ready to greet them with a true hair of the dog: a Bloody Mary. This one has a base flavored with seasonings like dill, celery seed, and fennel, plus it comes with a trio of homemade pickles, so it’s basically a meal in itself.
If You’re Hosting a Proper Brunch: Tangerine Mimosa
If the occasion’s a bit more demure and, say, mom or grandma will be there, you’ll want to keep things civilized. Nothing makes the midday meal more elevated than a little fresh-squeezed juice and Champagne—even better if they’re together, like they are in this tangerine mimosa.
If It’s a Pancake- or Waffle-stravaganza: Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour
This bourbon sour is both a perfect fall cocktail as well as a perfect brunch cocktail. Because it features dark amber maple syrup, it pairs perfectly with anything else you might match with maple—pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and chicken, we’re looking at you.
To Go with Southern Favorites: Kentucky 75
If biscuits with sausage gravy, shrimp and grits, or fried chicken and waffles are on the menu, pair your food with a decidedly Southern drink. This one is made with a tonic that’s produced in Charleston, South Carolina.
For Something Relaxed and Modern: Blueberry Spritzer
This fresh berry spritzer, which calls for Prosecco rather than Champagne and comes in a tumbler instead of a flute, has a decidedly contemporary feel.