The Best Brunch Dishes and Cocktails to Make This Weekend

These 10 recipes will take your weekend feasting (and pre-noon drinking) to the next level.

  • Lemony Cream Cheese Pancakes with Blueberries. These pancakes are definitely not your run-of-the-mill, in-need-of-loads-of-butter-and-syrup flapjacks. The addition of lemon juice and zest adds a tangy fragrance that wafts gently from the cakes, while cream cheese blended gently into the batter adds creamy pockets of flavor. Try them with honey or jam, or just eat them plain—they’re perfect as is.
  • Leek, Lemon, and Feta Quiche. We love the delicate flavor of leeks, and crisp, airy puff pastry is a nice change from a more traditional tart crust; lemon zest and ouzo lend just the right mix of fragrance. We especially love the slabs of feta that, instead of being crumbled into the egg mixture, are laid across the top of each quiche before baking.
  • Horseradish Vodka Bloody Mary. This is your bloody mary brunch staple with a feisty twist-- vodka infused with dried chiles, black pepper, and coarsely grated horseradish. Giving the vodka time to infuse makes sure the heat and flavor will linger long after the first sip. The vodka preparation yields more than the mix, so you’ll have plenty left over for your next brunch get together.
  • Don’t Hold the Anything Breakfast Bread Pudding. Never again will you have to deliberate between satisfying your savory eggs, bacon, and sausage loving self, and your sweeter pancake and french toast side. This bread pudding is everything you’ve ever wanted for brunch all rolled into one, easily prepared the night before, and simply popped into the oven in the morning.
  • Iced Coffee. When you need to change the pace from your normal brunch cup of joe, try it iced. The solution to iced coffee that becomes diluted as the ice melts is to use frozen espresso ice cubes. This way, the coffee stays cold without sacrificing flavor, and is strong enough to hold up to that touch of milk you might want to add.
  • Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast. Salty with a heavy kick of black pepper, this recipe might just make you forgo sweet french toast from now on. And—dare we say it?—two slices would make a mean base to a monte cristo.
  • Moroccan Merguez Ragout with Poached Eggs. Spicy merguez is cloaked in a rich sauce of onion, tomatoes, garlic, and harissa. Eggs, poached right in the sauce, spread their runny yolks throughout the moment you break into them. You can enjoy this recipe any time of day, but for brunch it truly shines.
  • Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy. A loose interpretation of the hot toddy, mulled white wine, infused with cardamom and star anise is amped up with pear brandy. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves add a bit of spice, while a slice of asian pear garnish soaks up the booze for a delicious treat at the end of your glass.
  • Dirty Chai Toddy. Sometimes you need a lazy, sweet, mimosa for brunch, and sometimes you need a drink with purpose and conviction. This chai toddy, made indulgent with half-n-half, has both bourbon and espresso added in right before serving, giving it (and you) a sincere kick-start to your day.
  • Sharp Cheddar and Mustardy Greens Breakfast Sandwich. This sandwich stars everyone’s favorite breakfast sandwich combination: cheese and eggs. Here, they are sandwiched between a light, fluffy biscuit and topped with fresh swiss chard and grainy mustard. If you want to get fancy with it, serve it open face, skip the cheese, and drizzle hollandaise sauce over the top. Boom.

Brunch is everything to your weekend. It’s the quintessential Saturday and Sunday meet up, the perfect hangover cure, the reward for a hard work week, and a meal during which you can acceptably day drink. Need we go on? Since we know the perfect brunch can make or break your weekend, we’ve collected 10 of the most impressive brunch recipes that are guaranteed to hit the spot.

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