Why We are Taking Mimosas Off the Brunch Menu This Year

Why We're Taking Mimosas Off the Brunch Menu

By Peyton Whittington Published March 2023

Brunch is undoubtedly the best meal of the day: you’re able to sleep in, enjoy all the breakfast and lunch foods you love and have a drink at 10 a.m. without anyone looking at you sideways. What more could you want?

But brunch has a problem, and it can’t go unaddressed any longer: mimosas have got to go.

Before you start typing a spicy comment defending everyone’s favorite bubbly brunch bevvy, allow us to approach the bench. Brunch is a veritable smorgasbord of flavors, textures, aromas and combinations. This beloved meal deserves a cocktail lineup befitting of everything it brings to humanity, and let’s be honest: the same, tired menu of mimosas and Bloody Marys just isn’t cutting it.

We say NO MORE. It’s 2023, people. It’s time to start branching out and mixing up some delicious new cocktails to enjoy alongside your ricotta French toast and southwest omelets.

We get it: it isn’t easy to kill your darlings. But we’re here to make the transition easier with a round-up of the most refreshing and uniquely flavored brunch cocktails to serve instead of mimosas. Keep reading and we promise you’ll never want to make a mimosa again.

Gin Blossom

Gin Blossom

The Recipe:

In a shaker with ice, add gin, elderflower liqueur and orange bitters. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a rose petal.

Bravo Tea Sling

Bravo Tea Sling

The Recipe:

Line glass with cucumber slice and fill with ice. In a shaker add bourbon, green tea, simple syrup and liqueur. Shake well and strain into your prepared glass. Garnish with a skewer of lemon peel and mint.

Everblooming Fizz

Everblooming Fizz

The Recipe:

In a shaker, muddle cucumber slices and cilantro sprigs. Add vodka, liqueur, agave nectar, and lime juice. Shake well and strain into a glass over ice. Top with soda water and stir gently. Garnish with another cilantro sprig wrapped in a thin slice of cucumber.

Malfy Sgroppino

Malfy Sgroppino

The Recipe:

In a cocktail shaker, add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Add scoop of sorbet and top with prosecco. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Del Maguey Vida Carajillo

Del Maguey Vida Carajillo

The Recipe:

In a shaker, add mezcal, Licor 43 and espresso. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with fresh ice and garnish with mint and powdered sugar.

Chinola Shandy

Chinola Shandy

The Recipe:

Rim a glass with a lime wedge and Tajin. Add ice, liqueur and beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Raspberry Beret

Raspberry Beret

The Recipe:

Raspberry syrup*

  • 2 parts sugar

  • 1 part water

  • Fresh raspberries

For the syrup: In a pot over gentle hear, add sugar and water and let sugar dissolve. Set syrup aside and cool to room temperature. Add a large handful of raspberries and let set overnight. Strain the mixture and gently bruise the raspberries to let the juice mix with the syrup.

For the cocktail: In a shaker, add bourbon, dry vermouth, lemon juice, raspberry syrup and egg white. Dry shake for 10-15 seconds. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a glass.

**Egg white substitute: We recommend using aquafaba – the liquid from a can of chickpeas – which has a similar consistency to egg whites. 1 ounce of aquafaba is equivalent to about one egg white.

Strawberry Mint Wine Spritz

Strawberry Mint Wine Spritz

The Recipe:

In a shaker, add strawberries and mint, then muddle. Add ice, wine, vodka, lemon juice and agave. Shake and strain the liquid and muddled mint and strawberry into a glass with fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

St. Rita

St. Rita

The Recipe:

In a shaker with ice, add liqueur, tequila and lime juice. Shake and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to shake up something different at your next brunch? Shop everything you need to make the recipes above or build your own brunch drink menu online at abcfws.com or at your local ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

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