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Brunch Cocktails Re-imagined

By Chris Castro / Photography By Aaron Snow | February 23, 2017
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Brunch—it's everyone’s favorite reason to get out of bed on the weekends. After a full week of work, the brunch ritual is a well-deserved celebration of not having much to do. And, in my opinion, the best part is enjoying a cocktail along with the mid-morning meal. Any true brunch aficionado has a favorite amongst classic brunch drinks, but here are a few to add to the list. We’re making your old favorites in a slightly new direction.

First up, we have a drink somewhat reminiscent of a perfect glass of iced tea. I came across the featured ingredient, damson gin, while looking for sloe gin and fell in love with the flavor. It’s refreshing and pleasantly citrusy. The Plum Gin Sour made with damson gin is drinkable before, during, and after your meal.

Plum Gin Sour

Next up is a new mimosa! We all appreciate the classic, but this twist on the brunch staple has the sunny hue we love accompanied by a slightly different flavor. The fruity tartness from the apricot pairs well with the floral notes of saffron. As a bonus, we add a little honey to smooth out the sweetness.

Apricot Saffron Mimosa

Finally, we arrive at the meal in a glass known as the Bloody Mary. Traditionally, this savory concoction serves to combat the sweeter foods so common with brunch. Far too often though, I find myself feeling full after enjoying one, spoiling my appetite for the main course. This version is a lot lighter thanks to the strained tomato juice, and the added tartness from the pickle juice renders it oddly refreshing.

Smoky Bloody Mary

Perhaps you should invite some friends over for brunch, now that you’re armed with a new arsenal of drink recipes. Bring on the weekend!

Article from Edible OKC at http://edibleoklahomacity.ediblecommunities.com/drink/brunch-cocktails-re-imagined
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