20 Easy Cocktails for Easter Brunch
Jelly Bean Bellini
The mashup we never knew we needed. What exactly is a Jelly Bean Bellini, you ask? It’s a Bellini. With jelly beans. Our sugary twist on the classic cocktail has all the tangy sweetness you expect from a Bellini, plus an Insta-worthy surprise at the bottom.
Raspberry Rosé Bellini
The rosé simple syrup used to create this cocktail offers a multitude of delicious possibilities. The boozy syrup is incredibly simple to make and can be used to enhance the simplest of cocktails, as well as add an extra special touch when poured over desserts.
Blood Orange Mimosas
We love the color blood oranges give this classic brunch cocktail. A dash of bitters adds depth. Look for orange bitters--such as Fee Brothers or Stirrings--at liquor stores or specialty grocers. The sugar cube dissolves as you sip, balancing the bitters and giving off bubbles for a festive touch. Juice the oranges and keep chilled up to a day ahead.
Perfect for any spring or summer gathering, this bubbly, refreshing rosé sangria is as easy to make as it is to sip. The fruity base of berry puree and vodka could easily be prepped ahead of time and chilled so that all that’s left to do is pour in your sparkling water and rosé right before serving.
The Rosé G&T
By muddling fresh strawberries, you'll quickly infuse gin with a touch of sweetness and a lovely pink hue that's easy on the eyes. The recipe calls for grapefruit tonic, but grapefruit soda from San Pellegrino or Q Drinks will work in a pinch.
Rejuvenating Rosé Spritzer
Stress runs high during the holidays, which could compromise digestion. Kombucha is packed with gut-friendly probiotics to help maintain healthy gut flora, in addition to compounds that fight harmful free radicals. Light and bright, rosé is a great match for effervescent grapefruit, both of which contain rich amounts of flavonoids.
Southern Living Bloody Mary
While the South can’t lay claim to the Bloody Mary (even cocktail experts can’t agree on where or when it was first made), it’s such a fixture at weekend brunches and afternoon tailgates that it might as well have originated here. Like many Southern recipes, the cocktail appears simple, but it’s deceptively complex.
White Peach Sangria
Instead of a traditional red sangria, make a refreshing summer version with white wine and fresh peaches.
La Croix Margarita
For a lighter spin on the classic margarita, look no further than a can of lime La Croix of your favorite lime-flavored seltzer water of choice. With no added sugar, this skinny version is super easy to make and comes with significantly less guilt. Serve in a festive margarita glass rimmed with salt, if desired.
Salty Dog Slushes
The Salty Dog has no flaws, but turning it into a slush makes it the most wonderful and festive summertime cocktail ever. The bitterness, sweetness, salt, and booze come together to make a subtly sweet pink and frosty delight. You can even keep frozen grapefruit juice cubes in the freezer and whip a few drinks up to amaze friends (or yourself).
La Croix “Backwards” Bellini
Rather than a traditional bellini, which consists of fresh peach purée and Prosecco or sparkling wine, we flip-flopped the bubbly beverages and opted for a sparkling peach seltzer (such as La Croix) along with a sweet white wine, like Riesling or Moscato.
Cherry-Basil Lemonade Spritzers
Instead of the fluorescent cocktail-cherry garnish, fresh cherries take center stage in this refreshing lemon-and-vodka sipper. Macerating the cherries in sugar helps to soften their thick skins and release their juices, which become gorgeously syrupy in the pan.
Meet your new favorite poolside cocktail. This slushy sipper offers sweet, floral honeydew flavor with a nice slow burn from jalapeño-infused tequila.
Tangerine-Elderflower Spritzer with Champagne Ice Cubes
This classy cocktail is perfect for Easter or Mother's Day brunch. It's also incredibly easy: Combine seltzer water, tangerine juice, and liqueur in a pitcher, stirring to combine. Divide Champagne ice cubes among 6 cocktail glasses, and top with tangerine juice mixture. Garnish with tangerine slices, if desired.
Pear and Pomegranate Bellini
For an elegant and fruity cocktail ready in just 5 minutes, try this easy bellini made with brandy, pomegranate juice and prosecco.
This effervescent, nonalcoholic mocktail refresher offers the perfect balance of floral, tangy, and sweet flavors. If you’d like to turn it into a tipple, try adding a splash of gin or vodka. While we call for dried lavender, if you have access to fresh, steep a few sprigs of it in place of the dried herb—and garnish each drink with a fresh sprig, too.
Sparkling Citrus Cocktail
Serve a company-worthy holiday cocktail made with fruit juices, sparkling wine, and sugar.
Cachaça, Campari, Lime, and Grapefruit Cocktail
This incredibly beautiful cocktail will be the star of your next spring or summer party. Don't worry--it's a lot easier than it looks.
Grapefruit Elderflower Cocktail
Elderflower is the hidden treasure in this rum-spiked take on the traditional Salty Dog.
Vodka and orange juice– it doesn’t get much easier. Here's to everyone's favorite brunch cocktail!