Looking to treat your beloved (or yourself!) to an indulgent sip this weekend? These five brunch cocktails are a splendid way to start the day.
The middle of February is the perfect time to treat yourself to a mood-lifting brunch cocktail – and if you choose to serve yours as part of a cosy breakfast in bed, then all the better. From serves that evoke breakfast-time classics – blueberry pancakes, anyone? – to drinks enlivened with a fizz of Champagne, there’s no better way to toast to a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend (or any weekend, really).
Every good breakfast begins with a bit of orange juice. Or, if you’re of the Sipsmith persuasion, an orange-spiked cocktail. This Breakfast Martini pairs gin with marmalade and orange liqueur, making it an ideal way to greet the day.
1 tsp Seville orange marmalade
15ml Triple sec or Cointreau
15ml Fresh lemon juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients, and shake. Strain into a chilled coupe glass; garnish with an orange twist
Blueberry Pancake Fizz
Have your pancakes and drink them, too. One of our favourite brunch cocktails, the Blueberry Pancake Fizz combines all the flavours you might associate with an indulgent breakfast, but makes them wonderfully sippable.
50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
1 egg white
60ml maple syrup
50ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Handful of blueberries (around 15)
Add the egg white, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a shaker and shake well without ice (this “dry shake” ensures the egg emulsifies properly). Muddle blueberries in a cup and add to the mix. Add plenty of ice and shake vigorously, then double strain into a chilled martini coupe. Garnish with two blueberries and a miniature pancake on a cocktail stick.
One Million Bucks
How to improve on that most classic of brunch cocktails, the Mimosa? Simple: a quick addition of gin should do the trick. Lightning-fast to whip up – but still suitable for special occasions, thanks to the Champagne – this bubbly serve is a perfect prelude to further midday indulgences.
25ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
30ml freshly squeezed orange juice
Add gin and orange juice to the bottom of a flute and stir to combine. Top with champagne and serve.
For those who simply can’t begin their mornings without a good dose of caffeine, may we fondly introduce the Gin Espresso. Gin and espresso for a perfect dose of languid stimulation, while Kahlua rounds things out.
40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Combine gin, espresso and Kahlua in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with several coffee beans or an orange twist.
Lady Grey Martini
More of the tea than coffee persuasion? Begin your breakfast in bed with the Lady Grey Martini, which sees gin perfumed with the fragrant tea.
50ml Lady Grey-infused Sipsmith London Dry Gin
25ml lemon juice
25ml simple syrup
1 egg white
First, to make the infused gin: add four tablespoons of Lady Grey tea in a bottle of Sipsmith London Dry Gin, allowing it to rest for now more than two hours before straining.
Combine the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake well to combine and emulsify the egg. Open the shaker, add ice, and shake again. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.