The Best Cocktails for Brunch

14 Drinks Perfect for the Mid-Morning Meal

Light drinks with fruity flavors are perfect for a light brunch with a few friends. One of the keys to drink pairings for this mid-morning meal is to choose a cocktail that compliments the style of food being served. For example, a Screwdriver or Melon Patch are wonderful matches for a fresh fruit brunch while a Bloody Mary works well with heartier foods.

Below are a number of brunch-friendly cocktails and mocktails.

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    Brunch Cocktails and Mocktails are Easy
    Brunch cocktails don't have to be complicated! The Screwdriver is one of the best and it's just two ingredients. David Madison / Getty Images

    A screwdriver is a staple for any brunch because it is easy to make and pairs well with any type of food.

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    Bloody Mary Cocktail
    Enjoy a Bloody Mary for brunch, game day, or whenever you feel like a savory, spicy drink packed with flavor. Eddie Berman/E+/Getty Iages

    The tomato flavor of a Bloody Mary is an excellent choice for brunch. While this will not work well with fruity meals, it is excellent with casseroles, pancakes, and the like. Since beer is usually not a good choice for the morning, this cocktail is also a good option for watching a morning college football game.

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    Popular Mimosa Cocktail - Champagne Cocktail Recipes
    The Mimosa is a simple and popular Champagne cocktail that is perfect for brunch. Rick Lew / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Here is another great Champagne cocktail that is a wonderful addition to any brunch. A Mimosa is the bubbly version of a Screwdriver and can work well with any food you choose to serve at brunch.

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    The Melon Patch is an easy vodka cocktail.
    The refreshing green vodka highball known as the Melon Patch is a perfect brunch cocktail. Thomas Barwick / Digital Vision / Getty Images

    This melon-flavored cocktail is a delightful treat for a light fresh fruit brunch. It is a favorite on summer days when served with a fruit salad filled with cherries, melons, pineapple, and apples.

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    The Sweet or Virgin Sunrise Mocktail Recipe
    A non-alcoholic take on the popular Tequila Sunrise, the Virgin (or Sweet) Sunrise is a great drink that is perfect for brunch. Photo Courtesy: © S&C Design Studios

    The Virgin Sunrise (or Sweet Sunrise) is simple and rather logical once you think about it: orange juice and grenadine, or a Tequila Sunrise, hold the tequila. It's sunrise effect adds some life to the drink and makes a great presentation to pair with a light brunch of fruits and pastries.

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    Bellini Cocktail
    Fall in love with the Bellini. Joseph De Leo / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    If you want to go all out for brunch, step it up with class by hosting a Champagne brunch and feature a Bellini cocktail. This peachy drink works well with fish and white meat dishes as well as light omelets.

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    Reno Cocktail
    The Reno Cocktail is one of the first truly great mocktails and it is so easy and so fruity that it's hard to pass up. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    The Reno Cocktail is one of the best "true mocktails" around because it truly mocks its alcoholic cousins. For a more elegant brunch atmosphere, or when you just want the feel of a cocktail without the booze, this is neat grapefruit-based drink is absolutely perfect.

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    Greyhound Cocktail
    Does it get much easier than vodka and grapefruit? No! That is why the Greyhound is such a great cocktail. Photo: S&C Design Studios

    For a simple grapefruit cocktail a Greyhound is at the top of the list. Having both grapefruit and orange juice on hand will give your guests a choice between this cocktail and a Screwdriver.

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    Kiwi Mango Mint Cocktail
    Simple, refreshing, and nice change, the Kiwi Mango Mint cocktail features kiwi vodka and it is delicious. Carolyn Taylor Photography / Stockbyte / Getty Images

    This mix of mango nectar and kiwi-infused vodka is light and tall and the hint of mint adds a nice wake me up for the rest of the day.

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    Irish Coffee Cocktail
    The original Irish Coffee recipe goes a little further than adding Irish whiskey, though it is almost as easy and worth two extra steps. Steve Allen / Stockbyte / Getty Images

    If you are offering your brunch guests coffee or espresso anyway it only makes sense to give them the option of adding a little "spirit" to their joe. Topping the coffee with whipped cream also adds a little elegance to the average coffee mug and lessens the taste of the whiskey.

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    Green Grape Glacier Smoothie Recipe
    A smoothie that is easy and enjoyable for all, the Green Grape Glacier recipe is a great treat for the family. Alexandra Grablewski / Digital Vision / Getty Images

    For a non-alcoholic drink option a Green Grape Glacier is an absolute delight. Not only do you have a beautiful looking, great tasting drink but the frozen grape garnish adds a little appetizer to the meal.

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    Popular Sea Breeze Cocktail Vodka Recipe
    Tall, fruity, and refreshing, the Sea Breeze is one of the easiest vodka cocktails you can make and one that you can enjoy every day. Bill Boch / Stockbyte / Getty Images

    A muffin, a grapefruit, and a Sea Breeze combine for a simple and quick brunch on short notice.

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    Fuzzy Navel Cocktail
    The Fuzzy Navel is an easy peach and orange highball that's rather tame. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    This simple mixed drink is light on the alcohol but heavy on the fruit, which makes it a prime candidate for any brunch. If your feeling a little wilder one morning, add vodka to the peach schnapps and orange juice for a Hairy Navel.

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    Gin and orange juice combine for this easy neat drink and the dash of orange bitters adds the right finishing touch.