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brunch time how
to host a brunch
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and to drink?
Have coffee and tea ready for
when your guests arrive, as well as a few options for juice. Or if you want to
snazz up your drink offerings, try some breakfast cocktails.
When it comes to brunch-time cocktails,
champagne is the undisputed alcoholic base of choice. It mixes beautifully
with a little bit of fruit juice. Try any of these champagne-based cocktails,
or experiment with a different juice of your choosing. For each of these
drinks, fill a champagne glass about ¼ full with juice, then top with champagne.
Mimosa: For extra style points,
make these with orange juice you've squeezed fresh yourself; this is really
the best and proper way to make your mimosas, and everyone's taste buds
will surely thank you for your efforts (with an electric citrus juicer,
it doesn't even take all that long). If you absolutely must go with store-bought
juice, though, at least make sure to get the not-from-concentrate variety.
Cranberry fizz: For extra
fancy-pants points, you can garnish by dropping a few fresh cranberries
in the bottom of the glass before you pour in the cranberry juice and champagne.
Easy Bellinis: An authentic
Bellini involves tracking down some ripe fresh white peaches, then peeling
and pitting and pureeing and straining. While this will yield you a superlative
peach puree for your Bellini, it can be next to impossible to get your
hands on good white peaches outside of the summer. And it's a heck of a
lot of work to peel and pit all those peaches to boot. Fortunately, you
can get good quality peach nectar at a decent supermarket. Make sure what
you're getting is 100% peach (organic supermarkets might have better options),
and not some sugar-syrup-laden concoction.
Of course, not everyone's up for drinking
first thing in the day. You can go non-alcoholic with any of these beverages
by substituting sparkling water for the champagne.
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