As much as we all love to hate on brunch, it can be okay if you skip the overhyped restaurants with hungover staff serving Eggs Benedict with a side of surliness, and instead make a late-morning feast at your house. The added benefit of this approach is that it’s much easier to step up your brunch boozing by escaping the tyranny of the tempting but always disappointing bottomless mimosa—too often an excuse to dilute flat champagne with crappy, from-concentrate orange juice.
Brunch cocktails don’t have to be sub-far. There is actually a great history of morning pick-me-ups in the cocktail canon, as well as some anytime sippers that work just as well at 11am as 11pm. These drinks are worth returning to over and over again—even if your “eggs benny” is not.
Click through the gallery above for a rundown of cocktails worth sipping in place of a mimosa.