If you’re having a special breakfast or brunch on the weekend, then liven up your table with breakfast-worthy cocktails. Though it’s not common in Trinidad, refreshing cocktails can inject a magical touch and make a regular breakfast with family and friends feel like a special occasion. If you’re thinking to yourself, I don’t brunch, then don’t stop reading yet. These cocktails can be premade for boat cruises and breakfast parties as well. We’ve also put a few local twists on some of the cocktails with seasonal and ‘Trini’ ingredients.
Oranges are everywhere so, there’s no surprise that we recommend a mimosa. Mimosas are the go-to breakfast and brunch cocktail and are traditionally made with equal parts of orange juice and dry Champagne. If you’d like to switch things up a bit, use freshly squeezed portugal, pineapple, and grapefruit juice.
2 Bloody Mary
Bloody Marys are usually drunk as hangover cures but, they also make a delicious brunch cocktail. Bloody Marys are usually made with vodka, tomato juice and a host of other seasonings like black pepper, celery salt and Worcestershire sauce. Lighten up your drink with watermelon, cucumber or lime juice. Fresh tomato juice also adds a different take on the cocktail which is usually made with canned or bottled, store-bought tomato juice.
Bellinis are different from mimosas in that they are made with fruit purees rather than juice and usually have a higher alcohol content which is usually derived from Prosecco, and Italian dry champagne. Make your own fruit purees mango, watermelon, pineapple while also adding in herbs like basil, mint and rosemary. The result would be a refreshing bellini that makes use of seasonal and local fruits.
Sangria is traditionally made with Rioja red wine, orange juice and fruits such as apples, pears, berries and nectarines. However, newer innovations include sangria made with white wine, different fruit juices and a variety of fruits. Add a ‘Trinbagonian’ flair with fresh orange or lime juice and fruits such as mangoes, pineapple, orange segments and even, pommecythere and pommerac! The options are endless.
5 Irish Coffee
Irish coffee obviously has coffee in it so, it would make sense that you include this cocktail in your brunch spread. It’s made with coffee, Irish whiskey, cream and sugar. It’s delicious, has caffeine and will give you buzz—there’s not much more that can be said about it. We think that turning Irish coffee into Trini coffee would be a great twist on the cocktail. Try adding Trinidadian rum instead of whiskey to make the boozy coffee more local.