15 Cocktails and Mocktails Just Right for Spring Brunches
Spring brunch season calls for the freshest, brightest cocktails and mocktails to complement all your brunch menus. Here are 15 brunch drinks you can serve with or without alcohol, featuring seasonal flavors like strawberry, rhubarb, grapefruit, and pineapple — and a classic Bloody Mary, of course.
The season's first strawberries team up with lime juice and mint leaves to make this sparkling refresher. Reviewers suggest adjusting the amount of sugar you use to suit your taste. Some cut the sugar in half and that was just right for them.
Homemade Rhubarb Lemonade
"Fresh rhubarb is cooked down and chilled to create the base syrup for this naturally pink lemonade. Perfect for springtime!" —Juliana Hale
Grilled Grapefruit Paloma Cocktail
Grilling the grapefruit and lime caramelizes the fruit and gives this grapefruit cocktail a pleasantly smoky edge. "This is delicious. I froze mine. I made a non-alcoholic version for the kids which turned out like a granita," says Buckwheat Queen.
World's Best Bloody Mary Mix
Brunch without Bloody Marys? Not on our watch! With this 5-star mix, you can make a batch of spicy Bloody Marys with or without added alcohol.
Fresh Pineapple Mimosa
"Brunch isn't complete without a mimosa! Try this tasty, tropical twist that uses freshly diced pineapple instead of orange juice, and you'll be hooked! I like to use prosecco or cava but feel free to use Champagne. Adjust the pineapple puree to wine ratio to suit your tastes." —France C
Turmeric Ginger C Boost Life Juice
Give your spring brunch a healthful boost with this taste-tingling mix of fresh ginger, turmeric, oranges, and apples. Reviewer Shaundel Hall made it with pineapple instead of apple and loved the results.
Mexican Strawberry Water (Agua de Fresa)
This alcohol-free mocktail is made with fresh strawberries, limes, mint, and sugar to taste. Reviewers suggest you really do let the mixture chill in the fridge for several hours to let the flavors develop.
"A paloma is traditionally made with tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime, but this version uses mezcal instead of tequila for a nice smoky twist! The smoke flavor is due to the underground ovens filled with volcanic rock, coal and wood that are used to cook the agave to produce the mezcal. I like to rim the glass with coarse smoked salt or black salt, but feel free to use regular kosher salt." —France C
"This drink starts with a simple shrub — a tart, fruity liquid you make ahead and can also sip straight up or with seltzer-made with sugar, vinegar, citrus, and a tea bag. It's a play on a Greyhound (grapefruit juice and vodka). Salt the rim if you like." —Juliana Hale
Apricot nectar and pineapple juice join the mix with orange juice and sparkling wine to make a big batch of fizzy cocktails you can make ahead of time. Just add the bubbles right before you serve.
Alcohol-Free Mint Julep
Enjoy cool, refreshing mint juleps without the alcohol. Reviewer MrsFisher0729 says, "This is great! I think I've looked for an alcohol-free version before but could not find it. I'm not a huge mint fan but this was delicious!"
Orange juice, lemon juice, and tonic water combine to make a light and tasty brunch drink. You can add a little bubbly instead of tonic water for those who want a cocktail, otherwise this is perfect for those who want to keep their wits about them.
Coconut Lime Martinette (Alcohol-Free)
Home cook Yoly offers this helpful tip: " I scaled the recipe to 2 servings and after tasting it I added an extra tablespoon of sweetened cream of coconut. It was still a bit on the tart side. Had I used unsweetened cream of coconut as called for in the recipe it would have been way tooo tart. Overall it was tasty with theses modifications."
Ruby Rum Buck
"Bucks are drinks that combine lime and ginger beer, so a Dark and Stormy with lime is an example of a buck," says recipe creator Matt Wencl. "In this version, I introduced aromatic bitters and homemade hibiscus syrup for extra flavor and a blush of color. Add your choice of garnish, such as a lime twist or a fresh hibiscus flower. Serve with a straw."
Pineapple Sunrise Mimosas
"These simple, sweet mimosas are great for brunch. For a virgin version, substitute club soda or citrus-flavored sparkling water for the prosecco, and use grenadine instead of Campari." —Juliana Hale