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Elegant brunch cocktails to try this weekend


The Bellini began in Italy, at Harry's Bar, that venerable Venetian icon that played host to Hemingway and Welles. Since its invention in the 1930s, the drink, along with its spiritual sister, the Mimosa, has become an unbeatable brunch standard. It's the patron saint of Sunday pancakes, and the finest reason ever to drink before noon.

If you're experiencing Bellini burnout, however, there are plenty of time-tested, juice-based cocktails that are just begging for eggs. From the Bronx (a blend of OJ, gin, and vermouth) to the Greyhound (just break out the grapefruits), here are our favorite brunch concoctions for you to try next.

2 oz vodka
5 oz grapefruit juice

Stir the vodka and grapefruit juice together in a highball glass filled with cracked ice.

Note: To make it an Italian Greyhound, float 1/2 oz of Campari atop the drink; if you want to swap out the grapefruit juice for OJ, you've got yourself a screwdriver.

Abbey Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
2 oz gin
2 dashes orange bitters
maraschino cherry for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with cracked ice; combine the juice, gin, and bitters and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a maraschino cherry.


2 oz London dry gin
1 oz orange juice
1/2 teaspoon French vermouth
1/2 teaspoon Italian vermouth

In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, combine the ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Clover Club

2 oz London dry gin
1 egg white
1/2 oz lemon juice
3 dashes raspberry syrup

In a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice, shake the ingredients vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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  • Bellini the very best!
    I enjoy it at Cipriani in New York.

    Aug 05, 2010 at 2:34 PM

  • it is a great drink i enjoy it at home where i love to be. plus i live in an old factory town that the only mixed drink is a beer, raw egg and a shot of cheap whiskey .... still my all time favorite.....roots and all you know

    Aug 05, 2010 at 5:24 PM

  • oh by the way the shot glass and whiskey go in the glass first

    Aug 05, 2010 at 5:26 PM

  • Snooth User: snu
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    I enjoyed it at it's birthplace! Harry's Bar in Venice! It cost more than a bottle of prosecco!!!

    Aug 12, 2010 at 3:08 PM

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