clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Beyond Bloody Marys: Festive Brunch Cocktails

Photo: R. Lopez
Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Some people take the hair of the dog approach to cocktails, and that means they may end up at brunch in search of relief. But Bloody Marys and mimosas can become dull to even the most passionate brunch enthusiast. Enter these restaurants, all of which put a more unique spin on brunch beverages. Here's a roundup of brunch cocktails around town that go beyond the Bloody.

· Brixton's brunch offers reduced prices on champagne magnums during brunch, which guests can mix with a variety of fresh juices to come up with their own brunch cocktail.

· Graffiato's Everything Zen cocktail ($10) at brunch is made from Chairman's Reserve spiced rum, lime agave nectar and prosecco.

· Art & Soul's Roll Call drink ($13) is made from Belvedere, a pomegranate port reduction and blackberries. The restaurant's Sweet Compromise ($13) has Yuzu, vodka and strawberries.

· Head to Ris during brunch and go for a Dark and Stormy made from Gosling's Black Seal rum, house-made ginger beer and lime ($13). Or, for the same price, try the Elderflower Collins with Hendricks Gin, St. Germaine, cucumber juice, lemon, lavender spice bitters and soda.

· Boundary Road has a couple unique brunch drinks from which to choose. They include My Vespa's In the Shop (Aperol, Wodka vodka, lemon juice, blood orange juice and sparkling wine), a Strawberry pisco sour and a St. Germain champagne cocktail.

· Here are some options at The Pig in Logan Circle: the Violetta, with Meyer lemon cordial, creme de violette and star tree sparkling ($10), the High Tea (featuring black tea-infused Lillet Blanc ($9) and the Bluejay, a sparkling drink with blueberry cordial ($10).

· At The Heights in Columbia Heights, the seasonal brunch cocktail is the Fall Pear, with house-infused pear vodka. St. Germain and apple cider ($8.50).

· Commissary in Logan Circle offers a whiskey-based brunch drink ($8.25) called the Devil's Maple.

· The new Trademark in Alexandria serves an Abbey Cocktail with fresh orange juice, gin and orange bitters, as well as a French 125, featuring brandy, house-made sours and champagne. They're both $10.

· Cafe Saint-Ex's The Queen Mother is made up of house-infused Earl Grey vodka, St. Germain and Cava ($10).

· Liberty Tavern's Grapefruit Buck, with Absolut Ruby Red, is served at brunch ($7); they also offer a fresh fruit bellini ($8).

· Tallula's EatBar Fizz has grapefruit, cava and Aperol, while the Bittersweet Spring is made up of rye, grapefruit and bitters.


901 U St. NW Washington, DC