Looking at an early kickoff, but still wanting to have a morning cocktail? That’s okay. You are not the first to face the issue of wanting to serve booze with breakfast. A man in New Orleans by the name of Owen Brennan coined the slang term “eye-opener cocktails” back in the late 1940s. Now, “Breakfast at Brennan’s” is a must for any visit to the Crescent City.
The most famous early-day cocktail is probably the Bloody Mary. Her history dates back to the 1920s in Paris, France. Yet most people forget that there are plenty of brunch tipples beyond it. A few other popular classics are the Bellini, the Mimosa and the Irish coffee, the Pimm’s Cup and the Brandy Milk Punch.
Here are a few tips and recipes to consider as you plan the cocktail menu for the next early game day tailgate party.
- Start slow, keep alcohol low. Using liqueurs as a base to the drink—instead of a straight spirit like whiskey or gin—will keep your proof about a fourth to half as strong. They also add a refreshing, light note that’s easier to consume first thing in the day.
- Great liqueurs to build cocktails: Pimm’s No. 1 or No. 2, Domaine de Canton Ginger liqueur, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, St. Germain Elderflower and Campari.
- Don’t forget coffee and tea. You can add a half-ounce or an ounce of rum, whiskey or a liqueur like Bailey’s to a cup of coffee. You can also brew tea as a base for an early cocktail. Both coffee and tea also work great iced in cocktails.
- Chop and muddle some fruit or use a blender. Fruit is a no brainer first thing in the morning, and you can pair your cocktails with a fresh fruit salad.
- Champagne cocktails are a perfect fit. Brighten the atmosphere while keeping the alcohol percentage at a lower wattage. Plus, Champagne tastes delicious with bacon.