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Brunch Is Better With These Crazy-Good Bellini Variations

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Often overlooked in favor of the Mimosa, the Bellini has everything that makes a perfect brunch cocktail: It’s bubbly, fruity and sweet—and boozy, of course. To show you just how great the two-ingredient brunch cocktail can be, we pulled the Bellini out from the shadows of its citrusy cousin and into the limelight (or, rather, peach-light). From a Bellini made with Aperol and peach liqueur, to one made with Cognac and peach brandy, these five new variations on the brunch staple are just as refreshingly delicious as the original.

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This bitter brunchtime treat combines two of our favorite mid-morning cocktails: the Aperol Spritz and the Bellini. Rothman and Winter peach liqueur’s buttery sweet, stone fruit flavors are the perfect foil to Aperol’s bitter, citrus notes. Top it with a dry, crisp prosecco and you’ll get a sun-drenched vacation to Monaco in a glass.

The Essentials

Peach Liqueur
Aperol
Prosecco
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If Hawaiian shirts, luaus and tiki drinks are your jam, this Polynesian-inspired brunch cocktail is for you. With a combination of nutty, sweet Velvet Falernum and apricot liqueur at the base, and a dash of dark rum for molasses flavor and boozy edge, this tropical brunch libation is the next best thing to a day spent dozing under a palm tree.

The Essentials

Apricot Liqueur
Falernum
Prosecco
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Inspired by the White Negroni, this effervescent brunch drink combines the bitter citrus flavors of gentian-based Suze aperitif with nectary sweet creme de peche, a clear, peach liqueur from France. The sprig of fresh tarragon as garnish not only adds a fragrant bouquet to every sip, it elevates this Bellini to savory new heights, making it extremely food-friendly. Break out the hollandaise.

The Essentials

Peach Liqueur
Suze Aperitif
Prosecco
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Inspired by the drink (not the nursery rhyme about the bear), this fuzzy wuzzy Bellini, mixes orgeat and almond milk syrup, with peach liqueur and orange bitters. Somewhere between a Mimosa, a Fuzzy Navel and a tiki drink without the bite, this brunch concoction sets a new standard for midday cocktails. By the time you down the first one, you’ll already be making the next. Note: If you choose to use peach schnapps instead of peach liqueur, cut the orgeat down to a bar spoon.

The Essentials

Peach Liqueur
Orgeat
Prosecco
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No, this cocktail is not inspired by Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction—and it doesn’t come with cheese. This Bellini variation gets its name from the luxurious ingredients that go into it. Made with some of the finest quality spirits, including rich, toffee-hued Cognac and off-dry peach brandy, this Bellini tastes as regal as its name implies.

The Essentials

Cognac
Peach Brandy
Champagne

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