The Best Brunch Cocktails (That Aren't Mimosas)

Get inspired for a New Year's Day brunch, with coffee, savory, and soothing cocktails for hangover

Exciting new brunch cocktails (with recipes). 

Black Cowboy

Nothing too fancy here; just good strong drink to take the chill out of winter (and your New Year's Day hangover). Start with Black Label Johnnie Walker and add two short pulls of espresso. 

French Press Punch

Not just for coffee anymore – break out that morning press and fill it with local honey, spiced organic rum, diced apples, sliced lemons, a spoonful of loose-leaf spearmint tea and piping hot apple cider.

Deal Sealer

This will in fact seal the deal: the deal to a fantastic New Year's Day brunch. The Deal Sealer cocktail is made at the Beachside Restaurant and Bar in Marina del Rey, Calif., by Rob Cocolin.

Mother's Ruin Punch

How else to entertain a hungover crowd on New Year's Day brunch? A punch packed with grapefruit and cinnamon flavors. The Mother's Ruin Punch is served at Craft & Commerce in San Diego, Calif., known as the "it" brunch place for its handcrafted artisanal punch bowls.

Morning Bell 

Nothing says "good morning, world" like kumquat juice, ginger liqueur, and a bit of bubbly. The Morning Bell brunch cocktail is made at downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. restaurant Easy Bistro & Bar.

Blackberry Spritz

Look no further, we've found the most refreshing brunch cocktail on the menu. The Blackberry Spritz is made at Seattle restaurant Sazerac.

Auntie Ox

The famed mixologists at Tippling Bros. created a brunch-worth cocktail at Chicago restaurant Mercadito's. The Auntie Ox goes beyond your basic mimosa-coffee brunch routine with a green tea-infusion and passion fruit puree (and even a bit of a kick, thanks to guajillo chiles).

Grapeful Red

Another grapefruit cocktail to add to the New Year's Day brunch; this cocktail is made at Beachside Restaurant and Bar in Marina del Rey, Calif., by Rob Cocolin.

Pineapple Pisco Punch

An easy way to entertain a crowd for brunch? A punch made with tropical flavors (like pineapple and citrus) and warming, winter flavors (like chai): it's one drink they won't soon forget.

 

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This article was originally published December 28, 2012.