The 11 prettiest brunch cocktails in NYC

These tasty top-of-the-morning tipples served at brunch put the usual Bloody Mary's and mimosas to shame
Babu Ji
Photograph: Courtesy Jonathan Messano
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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

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Babu Ji Bloody at Babu Ji
Photograph: Courtesy Babu Ji
Restaurants, Indian

Babu Ji Bloody at Babu Ji

icon-location-pin East Village

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

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Very Berry Light at RedFarm
Photograph: Matt Taylor-Gross
Restaurants, Chinese

Very Berry Light at RedFarm

icon-location-pin West Village

This low-ABV cocktail has enough dashes of Italian liqueur, white wine vinegar, blackberries and raspberries to transport you to an Italian wine bar (at a Chinese restaurant). $15

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Morning Would at Llama Inn
Photograph: Matt Taylor-Gross
Restaurants, Peruvian

Morning Would at Llama Inn

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This stiff morning drink is really packing with muddled Peruvian coffee beans, roasted-pineapple juice, soursop, rum and toasted-coconut-infused pisco. $15

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Bourbon Hurricane at Maysville
Photograph: Courtesy Danielle Adams of Becca PR
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Bourbon Hurricane at Maysville

icon-location-pin Flatiron

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

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Been Over the Border at Vida Verde
Photograph: Courtesy Viva Verde
Restaurants, Mexican

Been Over the Border at Vida Verde

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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

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Bull Clammer at Sweet Afton
Photograph: Mike Di Tota
Bars, Beer bars

Bull Clammer at Sweet Afton

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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

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Brunch Punch at Pondicheri
Photograph: Julie Keselman
Restaurants, Indian

Brunch Punch at Pondicheri

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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).

 

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The Pink Pussycat at Rotisserie Georgette
Photograph: Dimitrios Zafeiropoulos
Restaurants, French

The Pink Pussycat at RĂ´tisserie Georgette

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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

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