If a morning cocktail is doing its job, then you could be eating soggy eggs with burnt toast and still think it's the best brunch in NYC. This roundup of boozy brunch cocktails across the city includes perky fruity concoctions and riffs on sunrise favorites like Bloody Mary’s and Irish coffees that pair perfectly with belly-warming stacks of buttery pancakes or a granola-filled chia bowls. Either way, you'll be brunch-drunk in love.
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Brunch cocktails in NYC
It’s rose water, hibiscus syrup and a submerged hibiscus flower that really makes this mimosa bloom at this chichi café from the chef behind Per Se. $13
A combo of peach, cranberry, lemon and egg white sounds like a well-balanced breakfast. The gin is just a bonus. $15
There have been stranger things than this green-and-red Bloody Mary float with a Demogorgon-inspired garnish of cucumber, green chili and an orchid. $11
This stiff morning drink is really packing with muddled Peruvian coffee beans, roasted-pineapple juice, soursop, rum and toasted-coconut-infused pisco. $15
Take it (big) easy in the morning with this riff on the NOLA favorite, which switches up the usual rum for bourbon and adds a sweet mix of passion fruit puree, hibiscus-strawberry syrup and orange juice. $14
This cumin honey, sherry and pineapple cocktail is so cute, we just can’t bear it. $13
Can’t decide between coffee and a cocktail? Order both with this tequila-spiked doozy swimming in amaro liqueur, crème de cacao, toasted coconut, morita chili pepper and, of course, cold brew. $14
This brackish quaff’s Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces satiate those savory Bloody Mary cravings, but the Bull Clammer packs even more of a puckering punch, thanks to its hearty combo of beef au jus, fresh dill and smoked salt. $9
Drinking this large-format punch is the new team sport: Your group can declare yourselves winners if y’all finish the heady mix of bourbon, brandy, saffron, honey syrup and fresh-squeezed orange juice. $44 (serves 4–6).
So, you want to feel kinda classy about boozing before noon? Head to the Upper East Side on a Sunday morning to sip this blushing, slushy beaut made with pomegranate juice and liqueur, red-wine vermouth and (you guessed it) rosé. $12