It's clear that LA's brunch scene is strong and gradually changing from bottomless mimosas and traditional Bloody Mary's to more original daytime sippers with fresh ingredients. This handy guide showcases some of the best innovative brunch cocktails in Los Angeles that stand out from the rest.Read More
11 Daytime-Friendly Brunch Cocktails in Los Angeles
Of course brunch and cocktails go hand in hand.
Angelenos love their fresh juices, so AOC dials it up a notch by adding alcohol to its Green Goddess juice. It combines Chamomile-infused vodka with fresh cucumber, basil, and jalapeno to refresh your palette and kick up the weekend because we all know brunch and cocktails go hand in hand.
Belcampo Meat Co.
Santa Monica’s Belcampo Meat Co. cocktail program has certainly made a buzz this year. And after adding brunch, Josh Goldman of Soigne Group delivered with even more innovative brunch drinks. Everything is made with the freshest ingredients, so next time you’re in town check out the Corpse Reviver #2 with Beefeater gin, Combier, lemon juice, Kina Lillet and absinthe. Or another great cocktail (shown here) for cereal lovers includes a Ramos Gin Fizz with Fruity Pebbles cereal milk foam.
Birch’s Sunday Roast isn’t your typical brunch experience but still as approachable. Whether you do it family style depending on the sample menu, or choose the proper English breakfast, one thing is clear, a cocktail makes it complete. The newest drink on the menu is the Hit or Miss incorporating Pimms, lime, mint, cucumber, ginger beer and a float of pilsner.
Cadet’s bar program is incredibly innovative and its brunch cocktails are just as special. If a michelada is your hair-of-the-dog drink of choice, check out Cadet’s take, mingling IPA, St. Germaine, hot chili, lime, honey, and Togarashi. Otherwise, its Bloody Caesar should also cure all hangovers featuring dry sherry, chili sauce, clam juice, lemon, and nori.
If craft cocktails are as important to you as the food, Eveleigh’s brunch drinks stand out. Combining lemonade, chamomile-infused tequila, Combier, Cocchi Americano, and honey, The Eveleigh lemonade is as tart and tasty as it gets. Pair it with the big breakfast consisting of farm eggs, all natural pork sausage, house bacon, hash brown, baked beans and avocado toast for a well-rounded brunch.
Ledlow’s brunch won’t disappoint and neither will its brunch cocktails. The One Two One with Aperol, orange juice and Pimm's is light and refreshing. Or you could consider the brandy milk punch with nutmeg, and vanilla for a perfect fall sipper.
Love & Salt
As your local Italian spot in Manhattan Beach, you may not think of Love & Salt when craving brunch, but you should. If not for the bakery basket with homemade breads or the ricotta pancakes, then for the brunch cocktails. The #INeedCoffee featuring cold coffee and bourbon kills two birds with one stone, limiting your decision making.
Mud Hen Tavern
Mud Hen Tavern has a variety of brunch cocktails to enhance your brunching experience. For a whimsical off menu item, ask the bartender if they’ll make The Silly Rabbit. Transforming a favorite childhood breakfast cereal like Trix into an adult beverage may sound confusing. But Mud Hen pulls it off with white rum, Amaro Montenegro, Catdaddy Moonshine, milk, and a topping of Trix cereal.
If you’re in a Sunday funday mood and bored of typical bottomless mimosa brunches, check out Sunny Spot for bottomless rum punches. For a reasonable $13, enjoy endless glasses but pace yourself because it can creep up on you.
Terrine deserves to be mentioned for its original brunch menu, including smoked veal tongue Benedict and house smoked brisket hash. However, the drinks earn their own special shout out. One in particular is the Menotti Cold Coffee Grob. With a variety of rums, cold brew coffee directly from Menotti’s Coffee Stop in Venice, and a vanilla fernet infused whipped cream, get your caffeine fix and a nice buzz during brunch.
Toca Madera boasts some clever brunch cocktail names, like the Adios Felisha. It marries Don Julio tequila with cucumber, mint, tajin and the seasonal paleta (popsicle) for a refreshing drink, which will undoubtedly any residual summer heat.