recipes & how tos | sep. 9, 2021

YOUR PATIO OR MINE? RESTAURANT QUALITY BRUNCH DRINKS AT HOME

Brunch is a place, a vibe, a lifestyle, a meal, and an attitude all wrapped into one. This magical window (11 a.m. — 3 p.m., give or take) is a chance to relive moments from the night before over coffee, lots of water, and a cocktail. Or, brunch can bring friends and family together for major announcements like, We’re getting a dog.” or, We got rid of cable!”

Choosing what you are in the mood for in the food department is always a struggle. Are you feeling sweet or savory? Should you order donuts, you know…for the table? But one thing is certain, you quite often know your cocktail of choice before you’ve even decided on a brunch destination, looked at the menu online, or walked through the door. The brunch cocktail staples are classics in their own right and are here to stay. With some tweaks and revisions here or there, brunch drinks generally fall into one of three categories: Tomato-based, Mimosa and coffee. Patrón plays well in each category, but today we’re featuring recipes inspired by the bloody category. Text your friends, pick a patio (their place or yours), and gather the ingredients you need to concoct amazing brunch classics right at home.


Michelada

The Michelada has become synonymous with beer cocktail” with bartenders flexing their creativity with new riffs. Its classic make up of beer, citrus, and hot sauce means it can saddle up to most meals or events. The inclusion of tomato juice and a dressed rim, usually Tajin, means it plays well in brunch territory adding a touch of savory if you went with the waffles, or bolstering the salt with your chilaquiles.


In our recipe we add Patrón Silver into the mix, but if you’re someone who likes to surround themselves with glassware at a brunch opportunity you can always pour the tequila as a sidecar to sip in between while enjoying a cold Michelada.


RECIPE

1.5oz Patrón Silver

6oz Mexican Lager

.5oz Bloody Mary Mix

1 dash hot sauce

Juice of half a lime

Tajin rim




METHOD


  1. Rim a glass with Tajin

  2. Fill glass with ice and add the lime juice, hot sauce, bloody mary mix, Patrón Silver and beer

  3. Stir to combine

  4. Garnish with lime wedge




GARNISH


Lime wedge for garnish

Bloody Maria


The Bloody Maria is a flavorful addition to any menu and a great way to show off the versatility of tequila. Adding Silver in place of vodka gives this brunch staple an added depth of flavor as the earthen notes of the agave stand up to spice, savory splashes, and citrus. Garnishes can be as minimal or as inordinate as you like as this cocktail at times can often look like it is the meal, and not just being enjoyed alongside. We like to keep it simple with fresh citrus, and the inimitable celery stalk for a pop of color and something to chew on.


Keep this simple sipper as savory or outlandish as you like as there is no wrong way to spice or garnish. Keeping a couple of bottles of hot sauce on the table is a great way to add some heat without assuming all of your guests can handle your level of fire.



RECIPE

2oz Patrón Silver 

5oz Bloody Mary Mix

4oz tomato juice

Dash worcestershire

1 tsp horseradish

Kosher salt

Black pepper




METHOD


  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing tin or pint glass and roll” the drink by pouring it back and forth between the two.

  2. Strain onto fresh ice in a collins glass.

  3. If you like, rim the glass with kosher salt or a specially spiced rim of your choosing.

  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge and celery stalk.





GARNISH

Lemon wedge

Celery stalk




The exciting world of brunch cocktails is one that has stayed close to home, yet ever-evolving, just like the friends and family that you surround yourself with on your patio, or theirs as you enjoy the quiet and beauty of a weekend day. Good classic drinks for small get-togethers should always be playful, inventive, but most of all delicious. Surround yourself with good people, food, and great drinks and you’ll always have a recipe for a good time.