Coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies, mocktails, and plenty of festive cocktails
The trick to getting a good spice flavor is to simmer cardamom with water and use the infusion for brewing the coffee.
Recipe: Cardamom Coffee
Take your pick of brandy, Kahlúa, or crème de cacao.
Recipe: Keoke Coffee
Sip hot chocolate through layers of hot espresso and thick, cold cream in this deconstructed mocha.
Recipe: Layered Mocha
Break out the Armagnac and artisan-made marshmallows, or use inexpensive brandy and marshmallows (or whipped cream). Either way, you’re in for a treat.
Recipe: Brandied Hot Chocolate
Amp up the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate tablets with vanilla beans, more cinnamon, orange zest, and chile.
Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate
For authentic flavor, create a strong tea and spice infusion, then boil it with milk and sugar.
Recipe: Chai (Spiced Indian-Style Tea)
We poured this infusion over ice, but it’s also excellent served hot.
Recipe: Iced Lavender Green Tea
Here’s a super-refreshing combination you can sip all day.
Recipe: Lemon Grass and Ginger Iced Tea
The bright flavors of tangerine and Meyer lemon and rich creaminess of Greek yogurt make this our favorite citrus smoothie.
Recipe: The Ultimate Citrus Smoothie
Can’t decide between strawberry-banana and mango? Go for both.
Recipe: Layered Fruit Smoothie
This festive mocktail includes a licoricey touch of star anise.
Recipe: Sparkling Spice
Buzz fresh pineapple and ginger in the blender to extract their juices and create an intensely flavored and super-refreshing punch.
Recipe: Ginger Pineapple Punch (Lebouroudjee)
A splash of orange blossom water adds the subtle floral aroma that makes this drink memorable.
Recipe: Cucumber Mint Spritzer
We give you options for making this refresher with or without alcohol.
Recipe: Pomegranate-Orange Cooler
Use the Italian vodka-based liqueur called limoncello, or substitute lemon syrup if you’re looking for a virgin option.
Recipe: Limoncello Soda
You can try any favorite garden or ripe market tomato here—red, orange, yellow, or even green—and vary the color of the basil, too.
Recipe: Garden Bloody Mary
A good shake of hot sauce, plus chile salt around the rim, makes this drink exciting.
Recipe: Sangrita de Toro
This one stays on the short list for our holiday brunches.
Recipe: Crimson Spice Champagne Cocktail
Grapefruit and cranberry juices turn the standard mimosa a pretty shade of pink.
Recipe: Sea Breeze Mimosa
You can make the base of fresh raspberry syrup, citrus, and Campari ahead and add club soda when it’s time to serve.
Recipe: Italian Raspberry Cocktail
This spritzy version of the classic cocktail, from a San Francisco bartender, is perfect for a celebratory brunch.
Recipe: Sparkling Mai Tai
One of our favorite cocktails ever.
Recipe: Mai Tai
This refreshing drink is a classic in Britain at sporting events, and we think it deserves a spot at brunch, too.
Recipe: Pimm's Cup
Set out a fruity, pretty punch like this one for brunch, and guests can help themselves while you’re setting out the food.
Recipe: Pear Punch Sparkler