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Breakfast Cocktail Ideas

Cheers to Breakfast

Every now and then, it's fun to plan a special breakfast that includes a few cocktails. Get ideas and recipes for classic breakfast cocktails, variations on old favorites, and a few cocktails that may be new to you!

Bacon Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is the go-to breakfast and brunch cocktail, and bacon is one of the best-loved breakfast foods. Put them together, and you have a sure winner. For a cute "country breakfast" touch, serve the drink in Mason jars.


  • 2 ounces Bakon (bacon flavored) vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon horseradish
  • 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • Pinch of celery salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Strip of crispy, well-blotted bacon
  • Piece of fresh celery
  • Ice for shaker


Combine everything except the bacon strip and celery piece in a shaker and give a couple shakes to blend. Strain the contents into a Mason jar or highball glass, add the bacon strip and celery, and drink up.

Malibu Sunrise

If you're fond of a tequila sunrise, you've got to try this delightful coconut variation.


  • 5 ounces chilled, fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces chilled Malibu coconut rum
  • A generous splash of grenadine
  • 1 slice orange for garnish
  • Ice for serving


Combine the rum and orange juice in a glass with ice. Add the splash of grenadine and garnish with a fresh slice of orange.

Cool Melon Cocktail

Melons and orange juice really fit into any breakfast menu, so include them as a cocktail in a special breakfast menu. A cool melon cocktail might make a nice addition to your mom's breakfast tray on Mother's Day.


  • 2 ounces melon liqueur
  • 4 ounces chilled white grape juice
  • Melon balls for garnish
  • Ice for serving


Pour both ingredients into a cocktail glass with ice, stir, and garnish with a couple of melon balls.

Italian Coffee

Irish coffee makes a wonderful morning starter, but if you're looking for something different, try the Italian version of this cocktail which substitutes amaretto for the whiskey in the Irish recipe.


  • 4 ounces freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
  • Whipped cream
  • Sugar in the raw (optional)


Pour the coffee, amaretto, and sugar into a glass mug and stir. Top with a generous serving of whipped cream, sprinkle with a little sugar in the raw if you like, and enjoy the decadence.


A variation of the screwdriver, this Greyhound substitutes grapefruit juice for orange juice.


  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/4 slice grapefruit for garnish
  • Ice for serving


Combine both ingredients over ice, stir, and garnish with a 1/4 slice of grapefruit.

Fuzzy Navel

The combination of peach and orange flavors is simply irresistible in the morning. Be careful, though. This cocktail is deceptively smooth, so make sure you don't drink too much.


  • About 6 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps
  • Orance slice for garnish (optional)
  • Ice (optional)


Combine both ingredients and stir. If desired, add ice to keep the drink chilled and garnish with an orange slice. To bump up the breakfast atmosphere, serve with a small plate of fresh fruit on the side.

Kahlua and Coffee

Coffee lovers will certainly appreciate this cocktail. The recipe is very basic, and you can add cream if you wish.


  • 4 ounce freshly-brewed coffee
  • 2 ounces Kahlua
  • Whipped cream (optional)


Simply pour the coffee into a mug and stir in the Kahlua. Top with whipped cream if you prefer a little sweetness.

Cinnamon Roll

If you enjoy having a cinnamon roll for breakfast, you'll love this cocktail.


  • 4 ounces Irish cream
  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon schnapps


Combine the Irish cream and butterscotch schnapps in a cocktail glass, and stir gently. Slowly pour the cinnamon schnapps on top, and sip away.

Buck's Fizz

This cocktail is similar to a mimosa. However, it contains more Champagne than orange juice, so it has a little more "fizz." Drinking a Buck's Fizz is a Christmas morning tradition for some people, but it makes a lovely wedding breakfast cocktail as well.


  • About 3 ounces chilled Champagne
  • 2 ounces fresh, chilled orange juice
  • A splash of cherry liqueur (optional)


Pour the orange juice (and cherry liqueur) in the bottom of a Champagne flute. Slowly add the Champagne until the flute is about 2/3 full, and leave the top 1/3 for the bubbles.


This delightful cocktail is a combination of Prosecco and fruit purée. You can use any fruit purée you like, but the traditional recipe uses peaches.


  • 3 ounces Prosecco
  • 1 ounce white peach purée
  • Fresh peach slices (optional)


Pour the purée into a Champagne flute, taking care not to smear it down the side of the glass. Tilt the glass slightly, and slowly pour the Prosecco down the side. Drop in a slice or two of fresh peaches if desired.

Make Breakfast a Celebration

From mimosas to Irish coffee, the right breakfast cocktail can turn your morning meal into a celebration. The next time you plan breakfast for a special occasion, consider adding one of these drinks to your menu.

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Breakfast Cocktail Ideas