Brunch is an excuse for friends to get together, eat pancakes and drink to their heart’s content, all before the clock strikes noon. Such a festive occasion calls for something more than your average beer or Gin & Tonic. An extravagant weekend meal calls for equally extravagant drinks, preferably topped with a healthy measure of bubbly. Everyone knows the classic Bellini and Mimosa, but there are plenty of ways to spice up the sparkling brunch drink to make your mid-morning feast even more special. Here, our seven favorite fizzy and refreshing brunch cocktails for when a boring old OJ and prosecco just isn’t enough.
7 Sparkling Cocktails That Make Brunch Extra Fancy
One of the biggest dilemmas we face at brunch isn’t deciding between eggs and waffles—the most difficult decision, without fail, is choosing between a Bloody Mary and a Mimosa. Luckily, this cocktail easily solves that problem by combining vodka, clamato and prosecco in one fizzy glass. Though it’s a little off kilter, you’ll want this spicy, briny drink in bottomless proportions.
We have nothing against the classic peach Bellini, but sometimes we want a little more excitement out of our mid-morning sipper. Enter this passion fruit and thyme twist that’s just as simple to make as the original but with a touch of tropical flare.
passion fruit purée
Bust out your best tropical shirt because this tiki-inspired Bellini will make you feel like you’re feasting on a Polynesian island. It bucks all the norms of the traditional Bellini. It opts for apricot liqueur instead of peach puree, and adds small doses of Velvet Falernum and dark rum for good measure. This fizzy cocktail is best sipped with a lavish tiki brunch.
If you’re the kind of person who can’t function without coffee, you don’t have to skip out on the sparkling cocktail trend just to get your caffeine fix. This dressed up version of bubbly cold brew and tonic is spiked with fernet and St-Germain, which add extra twinges of bitterness and sweetness to the mix. It’s sure to win over your java-addicted heart.
Though this gin-spiked classic doesn’t fit the low-ABV mold of your average brunch cocktail, it’s a great option if you’re looking for another kind of cocktail “fix” (hint: not caffeine). Spiked with a potent measure of gin—or Cognac, if you prefer—the French 75 is a wonderfully bright and bubbly companion to any brunch dish.
Sometimes a drink’s Insta-worthiness is equally as important to brunchers as the taste, but there’s no need to compromise on flavor just to get a good photo. This peach-hued cocktail is an Italian classic for a reason: A base of bittersweet Aperol is topped with prosecco and soda, which results in an insanely refreshing and flavor-packed sipper that’s just strong enough to enjoy before a meal.
For those who value simplicity over all else, this super easy two-ingredient drink is the ultimate brunch-tail. Just add a touch of black currant-flavored crème de cassis to a Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Not only does this combination elicit a beautiful ruby color, but it’s fruity and refined, like any good brunch.
Crème de Cassis