Category Archives: Brunch

Arresting brunch

I’ve written several times here on the ol’ blog about my intense love for sparkling wine, so I’ll save you the trouble of reading about my amorous feelings again, if only because I don’t want you, my loyal readers, to get completely creeped out. But dammit, it’s so good!

Anywho, in my continuing quest to make the perfect brunch cocktail – at least one that rivals bloody marys and mimosas which, are, admittedly, kind of perfect already – I really relish experimenting with prosecco. Clearly, I’ve spent far too many Saturday and Sunday afternoons of my life, wasting away the hours at any number of brunch places in New York. Actually, considering brunch is THE BEST THING EVER, I don’t consider those hours wasted at all, really. God, I miss brunch in New York.

But I digress. Below is my latest attempt to craft yet another brunch cocktail that you can use to impress your friends and loved ones. I’m awfully happy with these particular concoctions. And yes, there are two of them! And they’re quite similar while still being unique. I’ll explain in a minute.

For no good reason except that it’s the best comedy ever to grace our television screens, I’m naming these after some beloved characters from Arrested Development. And because Lucille sure does love her booze. This party is gonna be off the hook.

The Lucille (and The Buster)The Lucille and The Buster

*4 parts prosecco
*1 part Hendrick’s gin (**FOR THE LUCILLE ONLY**)
*1 part bourbon (**FOR THE BUSTER ONLY**)
*2 parts orange juice (the fancy stuff, naturally)
*Healthy splash of lime juice
*Splash of Jack Rudy grenadine
*3 dashes orange bitters

Really, all you have to do to make The Buster instead of The Lucille is to swap out the gin for the bourbon. The Buster is a little more bold while The Lucille is a little more crisp. And both are pretty outstanding, I must say.

That’s all for now. Back for more tomorrow. Just do me a favor – learn how to dance like a chicken, okay? And I’ll leave you with a nice wink, just for good measure.

lucille-wink

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Brunch impressions

We all love a good mimosa, right?! And brunch too, yes? I actually lament the loss of amazing two-brunch weekends in New York more than almost anything since I moved here to Savannah. Of course, I’m sitting on my porch swing, writing this in 70 degree weather, so I suppose I can’t complain too much.

Anyway, back to brunch! Again, mimosas are great. But I feel like this classic cocktail might need a robust makeover. I call it “Mimosa Squared”. Simple, yes, but to the point as well. And damn if it isn’t fantastic.

Mimosa Squared

Mimosa Squared

*3 parts prosecco
*1 part bourbon
*1 part orange juice (fancy oj, please!)
*1 part ginger beer (I know, I know…I’m obsessed)
*Dash of plum bitters

Seriously…it’s awesome. And if you ever host a brunch, it’s guaranteed to knock the socks off of all of your friends. That’s an Amateur Cocktailer guarantee, dammit. And the great thing is, it’s not just for brunch. It works for dinner parties too! And casual social gatherings. And really, whenever. It’s delicious in any situation. But it’s especially special for brunch, so just go with it.

That’s all for now. Back tomorrow for more!

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