If I had to make a list of my favorite weekend activities, Sunday brunch would be pretty close to the top—second only to taking a long stroll through my neighborhood, hot coffee in hand.
Of course, catching up with friends over smoked salmon eggs Benedict and a zesty bloody Mary at our favorite restaurant isn't really an option at the moment. But mixing up a brunch-worthy cocktail for yourself and setting up a virtual hangout with a couple of pals is well within reach, depending on what's in your bar cart. (Don't forget the food, either.)
Here are 15 of our best brunch cocktail recipes to make at home this weekend, from tried-and-true favorites (looking at you, mimosa) to new-fashioned sips (welcome to the party, spring sangria).
Nothing says brunch quite like a sunny, bubbly mimosa—this version is our very best, with a few ideas for mixing it up with different fruit juices, too.
If you're in the mood for a drink that's more savory and spicy than sweet and fruity, this zingy bloody Mary recipe—complete with beef bouillon, hot sauce, and horseradish root—is the way to go.
This margarita recipe feels just as at home on the dinner table as it does at brunch, especially when it's paired up with a bright, punchy dish like red chilaquiles with fried eggs.
This ultra-refreshing, wonderfully bitter Italian cocktail is exactly what you want to be sipping during a leisurely mid-afternoon meal, be it savory or sweet.
5. Pimm's Cup
This quintessentially British drink (it is the official refreshment for Wimbledon, after all) just might be my favorite cocktail. Ever. It's particularly well-suited for brunch thanks to its effervescence and fresh, crisp flavors
Bacanora, an agave-based liquor from Sonora, Mexico, is the star of this Texas-born cocktail. But if you don't have it on hand, mezcal or tequila would make an excellent stand-in.
This fancied-up riff on a classic Bellini (which is typically just Prosecco and peach puree or nectar) brings a honeyed peach sorbet and raspberry simple syrup into the mix for a drink that's anything but typical.
This pared-back variation on a Pimm's cup is just the drink for those who want less fruit-forward flavors, and more cool, cucumber notes.
The secret ingredient that makes this creamy bourbon cocktail sing: Honey Nut Cheerios–infused milk.
When strawberries are in season, there's no better brunch cocktail than this strawberry juice and Champagne number.
11. Mint Julep
It doesn't need to be Derby Day to mix up a mint julep—it just so happens to make a perfect brunch plus-one all year long.
Traditional red sangria might be a bit much for a Sunday brunch, but this spring-ready version (with dry white wine, vodka, and lemon juice) is just right for the occasion.
13. Irish Coffee
Cozy up with a big stack of waffles, crispy bacon, and a warm cup of creamy Irish coffee (with a splash of Irish whiskey, of course)—now doesn't that sound nice?
This limey mint mojito might take a bit more effort to make than say, a two-ingredient mimosa, but the end result makes it more than worth it.
Consider this modern, well-balanced take on Long Island iced tea a chance at redemption for what's often considered an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cocktail.