The brunch standard Mimosa or Bloody Mary is great, but sometimes brunch calls for something stronger. Whether it’s with a dose of caffeine, an extra splash of booze or a spicy kick, the right cocktail can shift your brunch into full gear and set the bar high for your entire weekend. So if you’re looking for a strong brunch cocktail to complement your favorite dish, look no further than these next-level brunch cocktails.
8 Hardcore Brunch Drinks to Give You a Jolt
Caffeine addicts will appreciate this tiki-inspired libation that uses spiced rum and orgeat to spike robust cold brew coffee. Crushed ice makes it instantly refreshing, and with two ounces of coffee and sugary orgeat, you’ll be bouncing off the walls after brunch.
cold brew coffee
If you prefer your hangover helpers in liquid form, look no further than this indulgent take on the Whiskey Sour. Bacon fat-washed bourbon and an egg white give it a salty richness that will make you forget the drink is half whiskey.
Fresh Orange Juice
Pineapple juice is a fine way to start the day, but blackstrap rum and a splash of Campari make it much more satisfying. This tiki classic is great anytime of day, but it’s an especially bold brunch choice. It tastes like liquid pancakes and syrup, opening you up to order yourself a heartier breakfast.
Energy drink enthusiast Steph Russ swears by this morning pick-me-up that will get you raring to start the day. Kahlua, coffee and Java Monster Mean Bean provide the jolt, while vodka adds the kick. The three best things to have in the morning are coffee, an energy drink or some alcohol, and this brunch drink combines all three.
Java Monster Mean Bean
We prefer to spend early afternoons with smoky mezcal, which makes this matcha-infused cocktail a perfect brunch choice. Put down the toast, and let this drink’s avocado syrup give you a new way to enjoy the popular weekend staple.
If you’re a soccer fan and eat brunch in front of some Sunday-morning sports, this spicy, tangy Buffalo Bloody Mary is the perfect game-watching companion. Garnish it with enough fried blue cheese cubes and chicken wings to last you well through halftime.
Frank’s Red Hot
The name says it all. This drink may look harmless, but your hangover doesn’t stand a chance following the first sip. It’s light and refreshing, and the dashes of absinthe will kick in quickly and cure all that is ailing you. The Corpse Reviver can bring any hungover drinker back from the dead.
If you take your caffeine in tea form, this matcha-spiked take on the Pisco Sour delivers a punch. Not to mention, the Instagram-worthy bright green hue will give everyone major brunching envy. Super trendy and super boozy, you can’t go wrong with this brunch option.
matcha tea syrup