6 creative brunch cocktails

MICHAEL RIETMULDER | Updated 4/17/2014

Sick of mimosas? Try these stimulating variations on a weekend theme.

Brunch at Ward 6.
Bre McGee

If breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day, shouldn’t you enjoy a well-made cocktail with it? Bloody Marys, screwdrivers and mimosas dominate the weekend brunch circuit, but for a break from the a.m. standards, try one of these more interesting midday tipples on Easter Sunday or your next omelet outing.


Coffee Flip at The Bachelor Farmer

50 2nd Av. N., Mpls. • 612-206-3920

One sip of this bourbon- and espresso-spiked flip and your Starbucks cappuccino will never taste the same. This lavish egg drink is pure liquid velvet, with a delicate froth line lending an elegant texture and lust-worthy appearance in its graceful coupe glass. The luscious, not-too-rich day-starter is as sensuous as any double-vice drink should be, offering a caffeinated, boozy bliss that pairs well with something sweet from the North Loop hot spot’s enticing pastry cart.


Corpse Reviver #2.1 at Cafe Maude

5411 Penn Av. S., Mpls. • 612-822-5411

It’s no wonder this old-timey eye-opener is called the Corpse Reviver. This classic has an inoffensive but dead-wakening kick, thanks to its multi-spirited formula and an invigorating lemon-juice pucker. The Corpse Reviver #2.1 — gin, Curaçao, lemon, Lillet Blanc, and a hint of absinthe — has triumphed over time, and Cafe Maude’s rendition is pretty straightforward, with the citrus-y and slightly bitter aperitif Cocchi Americano pinch-hitting for Lillet (and presumably accounting for the decimal).


Hot Cold Milk at eat Street Social

18 W. 26th St., Mpls., 612-767-6850

Bartender Nikola Govich’s forenoon riff on a Dark ’n’ Stormy is as soothing as a glass of warm milk. You know, with booze in it. The mustachioed barman’s mix is anchored by an agreeable tandem of white and blackstrap rums, cream, hot water and a zippy ginger syrup that gently bites through the drink’s perfectly viscous body. Let this sublime sipper hold your hand while cleaning out last night’s cobwebs.


Meritage Sunrise at Meritage

412 St. Peter St., St. Paul • 651-222-5676

People love bubbles with brunch. But Bellini-ed-out prosecco zombies might try freshening up with something a little stronger. Meritage isn’t rewriting the ’tweener-meal cocktail script with its signature tequila sunrise. However, simply plugging in a sparkling blood-orange drink in place of grenadine adds a welcome effervescence while mimicking the pinkish “sunrise” coloration. Thankfully, the tequila isn’t drowned in the French bistro’s fizzy wake-up drink, which finishes with a smooth agave trail.


Peach Fuzz at haute dish

119 Washington Av. N., Mpls. • 612-338-8484

This Peach Fuzz is one bright reason to stray from Haute Dish’s feisty bloody marys with their hearty add-on skewers. The North Loop gastro haven, which has a sneaky good whiskey selection, gives a Ramos gin fizz the bourbon treatment during weekend brunch. The lightly tart and fluffy tipple combines whiskey, cream and egg with a flavorfully harmonizing peach purée and Rothman & Winter’s apricot eau de vie (fruit brandy).


Harvey Wallbanger at Ward 6

858 Payne Av., St. Paul • 651-348-8181

The Harvey Wallbanger is basically a screwdriver, but an anise-y Galliano float allows vodka-and-orange-juice to feel a little more grown-up. The much-derided ’70s staple has mounted a bit of a comeback of late and can be found on the menu at Ward 6 and Pat’s Tap (the Freehouse offers an interesting-sounding wheat beer version, too). However, any bar with a dusty bottle of Galliano can fashion this disco-era concoction, which makes for an easy-drinking hangover helper.