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!
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
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.
No need for an elaborate or expensive centerpiece. Here’s an idea that is pretty and … bonus… you can drink it when the party’s over or give it as a gift to your guests. Simply tie flowers (as we did to the left), ribbons or greenery around the neck of a bottle of champagne or wine. Secure with floral wire if necessary.
fresh fruit for garnish
fresh flowers (see above!)
shot glasses for measurement
Signature Bloody Mary
Yields 6 Servings.
Make ahead and thoroughly chill.
• 3 cups tomato juice (fresh tomatoes recommended)
• 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 3 Tbsp. lime juice
• 1 Tbsp. horseradish – adjust to taste
• 1 1/2 Tbsp. Lea & Perrins sauce
• 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
• 3/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
• 3/4 tsp. celery salt
• 1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
• 1/3 cup olive brine
• vodka – Tito’s recommended
Blend together tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, Lea and Perrins, garlic powder, olive juice and hot sauce and process until smooth. Pour into glass pitcher. Add celery salt and black pepper; adjust to taste.
Fill glasses with ice and add vodka – add about an ounce.
Top off with your Bloody Mary mixture. Stir. Garnish*.
*Get creative. Don’t just add a celery stick. Add pickled green beans and okra, a crispy slice of bacon, a boiled shrimp or crawfish tail, and a lemon or lime wedge.