When winter turns to spring, it’s time to get outside and abandon all of your plans to brood in a dark bar with a strong cocktail. The snow has thawed and the first herbs, fruits and vegetables are making their way into grocery stores and your glass—which means springtime is the perfect occasion to celebrate the sunshine with a fresh, sprightly brunch drink in hand. Take the time to sit in nature, and take full advantage of the season with one of these seven perfect springtime brunch cocktails.
7 Spring Brunch Cocktails to Welcome Warm Weather
The Phil Collins will be in your heart from this day on, now and forever more. Jackson Cannon of The Hawthorne in Boston created this bright twist on the Tom Collins, and the focus is on easy, sippable flavors. Cucumber vodka adds a cooling quality, while yellow Chartreuse sweetens the deal and keeps things vegetal. You’ll definitely be feeling it coming in the air tonight.
Plain bubbly simply isn’t going to cut it. Take the opportunity to get peachy with your brunch drink and make a Bellini, which is a simple mix of peach purée and Prosecco. It’s basically built for all-day brunch drinking with its refreshing taste and low alcohol content.
Take all of your leftover red wine and citrus, add some brandy and fruit, and you have a crowd-pleasing brunch cocktail that’s fit for serving a group. Plus, it’s endlessly customizable, whether you like red wine, white wine, sparkling wine or even beer. Have a couple glasses of Sangria, and you’ll be sloughing off the droopy winter feels in no time.
It isn’t spring if you haven’t had an Aperol Spritz. The iconic aperitif is just as appropriate for spring brunches as it is for long summer afternoons. All you need is Aperol, Prosecco, soda and an orange wheel, and your mind will be transported to an alternate timeline where you’re wearing large dark glasses and cheersing with friends in a quaint Italian village.
Springtime is when a new you can shine, and that new you should drink royally—Kir Royale-ly. Just a quarter-ounce of crème de cassis (a black currant liqueur) in your Champagne ups the ante and adds depth and complexity. If the drink’s vibrant colors don’t shout spring at you loud enough, the taste will.
Crème de Cassis
If you have some time on your hands after cleaning out your closets, whip up some beet shrub for Supercall’s signature Beet Cooler cocktail. It’s so delicious and refreshing, you’ll be drinking it from breakfast to brunch to dinner.
In a way, the Pimm’s Cup is the ultimate warm weather drink. It checks all of the spring boxes: It has fruit, vegetables, lemonade, and a herbaceous liqueur, it’s easy to make, and it’s light enough to drink all day long. And while it reaches peak popularity in summer during the Wimbledon tennis tournament, you can—and should—get a head start and drink it in the spring.
Pimm’s No. 1
fresh lemon juice