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Cocktail recipes perfect for brunch

By: Annabelle Waugh and recipes by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Cherry Lime Cooler <br />Photography by Jeff Coulson/TC Media Author: Canadian Living Credits: Cherry Lime Cooler <br />Photography by Jeff Coulson/TC Media

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Cocktail recipes perfect for brunch

By: Annabelle Waugh and recipes by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

No matter what you’re celebrating, every brunch needs a tasty punch or cocktail to get things going. Having a signature drink for your event is not only a fun way to add personality to your menu, but it’s also a less expensive alternative to having multiple types of drinks on hand for your guests. All you need to do is pick your punch flavours based on the season!

Cherry-Lime Cooler
This chilled-out drink is a deliciously refreshing option for anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol. For those of you wanting a spiked version, just add a splash of vodka!

Cherry-lime Cooler
Photography by Jeff Coulson

Mango Bellini
Swap peach purée for mango for a creative twist on the original Italian cocktail. Frozen mango lends an icy, slushy texture, which adds a bit of luxury to this already-special drink.

10 brunch drinks - Mango Bellini
Photography by Jesse Brioux

Sparkling Mojito
If you love a fresh, minty mojito, you’ll love this sparkling take on the original. The sparkling wine adds a bit of whimsy that makes it perfect for a brunch.

SPARKLING MOJITO
Photography by Jesse Brioux

Peach Tea
If you have time, a cold-brewed ice tea is even more delicious than one made with hot tea. Just let the tea bags steep in cold water (instead of boiling) overnight in the fridge. The result is mellow, flavourful and not at all bitter—a perfect complement to sweet peaches and fresh mint.

Peach tea
Photography by Ryan Szulc

Rhubarb Mint Fizz
When rhubarb is in season, it all comes at once—and you’re left scrambling to find ways to use it before it gets woody. What better way to use up the harvest than with this sophisticated pretty-in-pink cocktail? The rhubarb syrup freezes well, if you’d like to double it for future use.

Rhubarb Mint Fizz
Photography by Jeff Coulson

Frizzante Tropicale
This fizzy drink packs a punch! If you prefer a virgin cocktail, simply replace the rum with any tropical-fruit nectar, (try soursop!) and the sparkling wine with sparkling water.

Frizzante Tropicale
Photography by Jesse Brioux

Gin Chiller
Gin lovers will adore this herbal yet fruity beverage. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to increase the herbal notes of the gin, try muddling a few sprigs of fresh basil or mint in your cocktail shaker before adding the ice and liquid.

Gin Chiller
Photography by Ryan Szulc

Best Caesar
A Bloody Caesar is a perennial Canadian brunch favourite for good reason: The bold spicy flavours wake up your tastebuds! Try your own signature garnish or a mixture of a couple of options, such as pickled green beans, asparagus, cocktail onions, cooked jumbo shrimp or even bacon-wrapped scallops. Let your imagination be your guide.

Macuá
This Nicaraguan cocktail is a fun take on rum punch, and it’s the perfect pairing for a getaway-themed brunch. Expand on the theme by serving a big platter of tropical fruit alongside.

Lime Squash
If you’re looking for a nonalcoholic option for your brunch, this tangy-sweet honey-scented twist on limeade couldn’t be easier. The more pungent the honey you use, the more floral the final product will be, so consider that when choosing your honey.

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