There’s nothing like a weekend brunch with family and friends gathered around your table. Now that you’re entertaining outdoors, a little extra prep and planning will take your warm weather brunch to a higher level. Put together the ingredients for a make-your-own sparkling wine cocktail, and make table tents with favorite recipes. Encourage your guests to come up with their own recipes and variations that everyone can sample and share. The key is having fun, and these brunch cocktail ideas are a great way to do just that!


SPARKLING COLONIAL PIMM'S COCKTAIL

By Mark Hooper of Pink House Alchemy

• 1 ½ oz Pimm’s Cup #1
• ½ oz Hendrick’s Gin
• 1 oz Pink House Alchemy Blackberry Sage Syrup
• dash Pink House Alchemy House Bitters
• 2 oz English Style Lemonade
• 2 oz La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene Prosecco

GARNISH: Cucumber spear, blackberries & rosemary sprig

ENGLISH STYLE LEMONADE

• 6 lemons   • 1 ¼ cups sugar   • 1 ¼ quarts water

Peel the rinds from the 6 lemons and cut them into 1/2 inch slices. Set the lemons aside. Place the rinds in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let this stand for about one hour, so that the sugar begins to soak up the oils from the lemons. Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan and then pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds. Allow this mixture to cool for 20 minutes and then remove the rinds. Squeeze the lemons into another bowl. Pour the juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture. Stir well, pour into pitcher and pop it in the fridge! Serve with ice cubes.


What's better to serve at brunch than a fabulous mimosa recipe made with dry sparkling wine and orange juice? It's simple, fun and perfect to serve company. Here's how to make the absolute best mimosa at home.

  • ½ gallon orange juice
  • 1 - 750 ml Sparkling Wine – Korbel Extra Dry recommended
  • 2 shots Orange Liqueur – Grand Marnier recommended

Combine the orange juice and sparkling wine in a large pitcher.
Add the orange liqueur and stir thoroughly until well mixed.

 

 


Here's another take on a sparkling drink festive enough for any summer celebration – The Cherries Jubilee!

  • 12 fresh cherries
  • 3 oz bourbon – Woodford Reserve recommended
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • champagne – Chandon Brut Rosé recommended
  • dash bitters

Muddle cherries and bourbon in a cocktail shaker. Add lemon juice and shake.
Pour into two champagne glasses; top with champagne and a dash of bitters.

Extra touches:

  • fresh fruit for garnish
  • fresh flowers
  • shot glasses for measurement
  • champagne flutes