You have to have some drinks for brunch! Food is obviously of upmost importance, you can’t have a truly fabulous Brunch Feast without something to drink. This page is a roundup of all the best hot & cold brunch cocktails, non-alcoholic brunch drinks and my best advice on what to serve and how to serve them.
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Just like with the food, the key to serving drinks is to set things up so that guests can help themselves as much as possible. You should have less waste and everyone gets exactly what they want whilst relieving you of some running around.
First make sure that you’ve read all of my advice about hosting a Big Brunch Feast. I’ve included three suggested menus, advice about getting ahead, the music and much much more!
I would also recommend downloading my comprehensive checklist to help you plan your Big Brunch Feast. I used it for my photo-shoot feast and it was invaluable even to me!
Hot Drinks for Brunch
I don’t think you can host a breakfast or brunch feast without offering tea and coffee. Whilst these drinks have to be last minute in a sense. Getting everything you can ready ahead of time will really help.
Tea & Coffee
I would suggest setting up a nice tray with the following:
- A jug of milk. (A cute milk bottle is nice to use)
- A bowl of sugar (with white sugar, no one wants brown sugar in their tea).
- Enough mugs for everyone and a couple of spares.
- More than enough tea spoons.
- A large cafetiere ready filled with ground coffee.
- A large teapot with the bags already in.
Hot water can simply be added once people have arrived. Your guests can then serve themselves.
Alternatively, if you have a pod coffee machine, that could be plugged in somewhere convenient.
If you don’t have a teapot then a bowl of teabags and a kettle is ideal. You can always move where the kettle is plugged in for a couple of hours – no harm!
There is nothing to say that you cannot offer something a little fancier too. I think that any of these ideas would be great served at the end of the meal as they’re not really help-yourself kinda drinks.
Boozy Hot Drinks
An Irish coffee doesn’t feel terribly appropriate for a brunch party but a boozy hot chocolate or tea like these would be perfect!
Soft Drinks & Mocktails for Brunch
Iced Tea and Coffee
If you are hosting on a particularly hot day, serving iced tea and/or coffee is a nice idea. Here are some recipes from my fellow foodies to give you some inspiration:
A selection of fresh fruit juices is nice to have available. Orange and Pineapple are my personal favourites, especially when mixed together. There are a vast number of lovely mixes available in the supermarkets too.
You can also mix it up with something a little fancier on the soft drink front, perhaps with one of these ideas:
Cocktails for Brunch
Is there really anything more decadent sounding than a Champagne Brunch? On an evening, I love the idea of booze with brunch. I want to be the kind of person that casually sips on a bloody mary or lounges about with a mimosa.
I mostly get like this on holiday where I am perpetually drawn to hotels with 24 hour all inclusive options. Drinks very much included.
But then brunch time comes around and realistically, I just want a brew. Perhaps a little juice. And the idea of booze is frankly, a little off-putting. And then I have that mimosa. And another. So who am I to preach sobriety!
I asked some of my blogging buddies to share some of their brunch cocktail suggestions. This is what they came up with. ‘Hic!
Something a Little Stronger
Even More Brunch Drinks
Because I’m extra helpful, I even have a dedicated Pinterest board just for Brunch inspired drinks! Have a look and let me know if you think I’ve missed anything. Don’t forget to follow all of my boards while you’re there!
Drinkware for Brunch
What drinking vessels you need will obviously depend on what drinks you are choosing to serve.
Mugs, Cups and Saucers
I want to tell you that I’m not into old fashioned cups and saucers but as I own several vintage sets, that would be a lie! And actually a nice Brunch Feast is often the time that I’d bring them out of hiding. But mugs are still fine.
I would look to provide 1 mug or cup/saucer per person as an absolute minimum. Someone will inevitably want a tea then a coffee or vice versa (I’m usually that person – I enjoy variety) so more would certainly be helpful.
Again this will be very dependent on what you choose to serve. I wouldn’t serve less than one type of juice and I’d also always have water available.
I also wouldn’t tend to serve less than one other drink – usually a light welcome cocktail.
For larger crowds, glasses can often be hired from wine shops and supermarkets so this might be worth looking into. Otherwise children’s or picnic tumblers can made a handy substitute.
I would expect to have a minimum of one and ideally two small tumblers available per person. This allows for a juice and a water glass each. It might feel excessive but realistically, most will likely get used.
The only need to be relatively small. Stackable glasses are preferable so they don’t take up too much space.
Alcohol – When the Fun Stops, Stop!
As I’ve provided you with a whole bunch of alcoholic drink suggestions, it would be remiss of me to not remind you to be sensible.
Please don’t pressure your guests into drinking, drinking more than they want to or having ‘just one more for the road’. Especially if they’re driving.
The industry standard is to tell you to “drink responsibly”. To me that sounds like they want you to recycle all wine bottles.
I much prefer the gambling industry’s slogan. “When the Fun Stops, Stop”. I think that applies to both drinking on the day and generally in life.
So if the fun has stopped, do indeed stop. Have a look over at www.drinkaware.co.uk if you need some help doing just that.
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