10 Brunch Cocktails You Must Try This Spring

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Spring is right around the corner. And that means sunny weekend brunches on the patio with your favorite ladies. But, if you’re tired of the same old same old of mimosas and bloody marys, it’s time to branch out and mix it up a bit — pun intended. So grab your cocktail shaker and give these fun, refreshing drinks a try.

1. Pomelo Chili Paloma

This drink is as beautiful as it is delicious. And, while it may not be as spicy as the aforementioned cocktail, the chili powder in this beverage still gives your tastebuds a nice little kick. The mixture of tequila, smoked salt, lime and fresh pomelo juice makes for a one-of-a-kind pink drink everyone will enjoy. Plus, it’s light and refreshing, just like a bright and airy spring day.

2. Cucumber Lemongrass Caipirinha

This green, refreshing cocktail is reminiscent of fresh-cut grass and limes, perfect for hot summer nights. All you need is Cachaca, cucumber, lemongrass and a few other key ingredients. Combine them and muddle everything well to ensure all the flavors come out. Crush the ice and alcohol in a blender and serve in rocks glasses with some fun straws. Then kick back, relax and enjoy sipping that citrusy, sweet concoction.

3. Spicy Carmen Maria

A spin on the classic bloody mary, the spicy Carmen Maria delivers a powerful punch of flavor. This cocktail requires a few extra ingredients like jalapeno-stuffed olives, garlic and habanero peppers. And, to top it all off, you drink this spicy beverage through a meat straw! No, it may not be classy, but boy is it delicious. So gather your essentials and get to mixing.

4. New Fashioned Brunch Cocktail

If you’re tired of plain old bellinis and mimosa spin-offs, this new-fashioned brunch cocktail is right up your alley. This recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients, including sweet passion-fruit syrup and lemons. Be sure to purchase Meyer lemons to give this cocktail a slightly more acidic and herb-like aroma. Additionally, you’ll want to use crushed ice and a tall glass to serve this springtime beverage.

5. Champagne Brunch Punch

Fruity and pretty, champagne brunch punch is the perfect drink to serve at your next ladies’ brunch date. Add all ingredients except the bubbly to a pitcher to let them sit overnight. This’ll allow the fruit to soak up the mixture and release their own flavors at the same time. Once you’re ready to serve your friends, simply add the champagne and ginger ale and pour the mixture into a punch bowl.

6. Raspberry and Lime Brunch Cocktail

This cocktail is easy to make and only requires a short list of ingredients. However, preparation and chill time will take about 40 minutes so plan a bit in advance if you want to serve this drink at brunch. Even though this drink does require a few more steps than simply mix and serve, the resulting flavor will be more than worth it. Add a few more raspberries for more freshness, sugar for sweetness or more vodka for more strength.

7. Lavender and Lemon Sparkler

Sweet, tangy and oh-so refreshing, this cocktail is one your girlfriends won’t soon forget. Lemon zest-infused simple syrup and lavender flower buds make it one for the books. Plus, it’ll only take you about 20 minutes to make, homemade syrup and all. So grab some honey, lemons, soda water and all other ingredients and get to work. The finished product will be incredibly beautiful and delicious.

8. Spring Buzz

If you’ve ever had a hot toddie, this cocktail is like the chilled version — but better. Chamomile, honey and a bit of whiskey come together to create a flavor that’ll leave you buzzing. Combine the tea, lemon juice, water and other ingredients and garnish with edible flowers and a lemon wedge. Serve in little mason jars or rocks glasses for some added charm.

9. Rhubarb Pisco Sour

If spring had a flavor, it would be a Rhubarb Pisco Sour. Fresh, bright and a teensy bit sour, this beverage is a gentle reminder that warmer weather is right around the corner. Place ingredients, including lemon juice and egg whites, into a cocktail shaker and shake well for about a minute to get the egg frothy. Then, boil your rhubarb to make syrup, chill, and combine with your shaken mixture. The finished product will have a light pink hue and a thin layer of froth.

10. Carrot Orange Punch

When you think punch, you probably don’t imagine carrots. But this cocktail harmonizes the two to create an incredibly different yet addicting beverage to serve at your next brunch. It only requires a handful of ingredients and takes five minutes to make. So grab some citrus fruits, a bit of mint and, of course, carrot juice for a beverage even the Easter bunny would love.

Jennifer Landis
Jennifer Landis is a wife, mom, writer, and healthy living blogger. She enjoys longs walks around the block with her toddler, prefers tea over coffee, and eats way too much peanut butter. You can find more from Jennifer on her blog, http://mindfulnessmama.com or follow her on Twitter @JenniferELandis
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