If we’re to believe high school English teachers everywhere, spring is all about birth and new beginnings. If we’re to believe the general Millennial zeitgeist, spring is all about boozy brunches with the squad. Since we’re equal opportunists, we see no reason why these two concepts can’t coexist in harmony. Take a break from brunch stalwarts like the mimosa and Bloody Mary. Instead, refresh your palate and reinvigorate your mild alcohol dependency with these creative takes.
Husk // Zaragoza
Hibiscus-infused tequila, Giffard Pamplemousse, lemon, fresh rosemary, lavender bitters, soda
“Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada may not have been impressed, but the cocktail incarnation of this motif hits all the right seasonal notes: delicate floral, bright citrus, and a tiny bit of savory rosemary elevated by soda. Arguably more refreshing than walking through your own garden.
PAIR WITH: Husk Cheeseburger with Bear Creek Farm beef and fried potato wedges.
Stella’s Southern Brasserie // Seasonal Sangria
Citrus-basil sangria: pinot grigio, lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, pineapple juice, fresh basil leaves, St. Germain, Grand Marnier, simple syrup
Embrace the brunch #aesthetic: hit up the group text, grab a patio table, and order a pitcher of sangria. The exact blend of ingredients depends on seasonal fruits and herbs—strawberry-basil is a likely candidate—and may come in red, white, or rosé varieties, but never fear. It’s guaranteed to bring light, easy, and carefree sipping. Even better? The sangria will be available on Saturdays, so you won’t even have to cope with the Sunday Scaries afterwards.
PAIR WITH: Bethel Trails Farm Quiche, served with mixed greens, vinaigrette, and charred local carrots.
The Anchorage // It’s Always Sunny in Greenville
Pimms, grapefruit shrub, lemon juice, Nikolaihof Holunderblüten Sirup, brut sparkling wine
If your brunch tends towards the decadent side, this bubbly cocktail should provide a refreshing lightness to counterbalance the richness. Elderflower and honeysuckle notes flow into the citrus and vinegar acidity of the grapefruit shrub, with the brut softening the bite and turning this into an easy drinker. Your brunch indulgences may still require a nap, but at least you’ll have had bubbles beforehand.
PAIR WITH: House-made everything bagel with cured trout, cream cheese, shaved onion, capers, boiled eggs, and herbs.