Best Brunch Cocktails: Go Beyond the Basic on Mother’s Day

Sorry, plain Jane Bloody Mary; you’re just way too basic these days. That goes for you, too, champy and OJ! Mixologists are creating radical cocktails that seriously raise the bar when it comes to midday imbibing. We’re talking cocky concoctions to boost your lobster benny – and your spirits (as well as mom’s) on Mother’s Day and beyond. Here are delish sips of spring in the form of the best brunch cocktails you need to drink this weekend.

The Ruby Soho, Left Bank, New York, New York
The Ruby Soho cocktail is deftly mixed by head bartender Claiborne Fortenberry, who combines grapefruit and pink peppercorn-infused tequila (made in-house), Pamplemousse liqueur, fresh lime, and a salt rim for a super-fresh day drink. Goes especially well with the eggs Benedict, don’t you think? Make a reservation at Left Bank.

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Eiffel Affair, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Eiffel Affair is the best-selling “new classic” cocktail served at the Eiffel Tower in the desert and features fresh berries macerated in Stoli Blueberi Crème de Cassis, Cointreau, and Rose Nectar. It’s topped off with a splash of Eiffel Tower Cremant for added effervescence. Make a reservation at Eiffel Affair.

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Bloody Bull, Momofuku CCDC, Washington, D.C.
Grab the horns and order The Bloody Bull. Made with vodka, tomato, horseradish, and beef broth, the beef broth stars beef shank and oxtail, and is also used in CCDC’s Beef Noodle Soup. The cocktail, served only during weekend lunch, pairs particularly well with Momofuku’s Twice-Cooked Pork Noodles with maple fish sauce vinaigrette and the Scrapple, Egg, and Cheese steamed buns. Make a reservation at Momofuku CCDC.

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Citrine, Harvest Table, St. Helena, California
Lead bartender Joel Pfeifle mixes unique, non-spirit based cocktails — many of the ingredients are sourced from the inn’s five culinary gardens — but these certainly aren’t your garden-variety cocktails. Top brunch libations include the Strawberry Belle (Mirabelle Brut, Strawberry Shrub, Garden Mint Syrup, Lime Juice), The Pampered Moose (Giffard Pamplemousse, No. 209 Gin, Grapefruit Oleo, lemon juice), and the Citrine (sparkling wine, garden mint syrup, fresh squeezed orange, bitters). Make a reservation at Harvest Table.

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The Lunchbox, Farmer & The Seahorse, San Diego, California
A seashell’s fling from the beach in San Diego’s Torrey Pines neighborhood, the status cocktail at celebrity chef Brian Malarkey’s restaurant is called The Lunchbox — made with Mama’s Lil Pilsner beer, Peach liqueur, and freshly squeezed orange juice. It is the perfect pairing to the brunch menu’s duck confit and waffles or the pastrami-style pork belly hash. Make a reservation at Farmer & The Seahorse.

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Asparagus Negroni, Davio’s, Boston, Massachusetts
The Asparagus Negroni (Cynar, Stoli Vodka, Peychaud’s bitters, orange bitters and muddled asparagus) is a nod to the star of springtime. And, it’s a perfect complement to Davio’s brunch menu, including specials like the Beef Tenderloin with poached eggs, potatoes, popover, and truffle hollandaise. Make a reservation at Davio’s.

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Bashment Punch, Solomon & Kuff’s Rum Hall, New York, New York
Known for its almost 100 varieties of rum and a monthly reggae brunch, it’s no shocker that co-owner and mixologist Karl Franz Williams chose to channel the islands when he created his fruity Bashment Punch — a Caribbean-inspired libation of rum, pineapple juice, mango puree, lime juice, and orange bitter. Bonus: Sip it to up your daily fruit intake. Make a reservation at Solomon & Kuff’s Rum Hall.

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Millennial Mimosa, CUCINA enoteca, Newport Beach, California
Mimosas are to brunch what beer is to baseball — traditional, but kinda boring. Meet the millennial mimosa! The ingredients are rolled on a cart to your table and a more exciting mimosa is prepared just for you. You’ll have your choice of mixers, purees, and garnish, and the ingredients are seasonal, including pineapple-blood orange, vanilla bean, Meyer lemon, strawberry jalapeno, pomegranate peach, rosemary ginger pineapple, candied ginger, blueberries, rosemary sprigs, blackberries, fresh strawberries, and pomegranate seeds. Make a reservation at CUCINA enoteca.

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The Board, Nick & Toni’s, East Hampton, New York
Brunch in the Hamptons, such a chic chill. Wait, what, your bloody is bland, not enough horseradish? Or, hot sauce? Oh, bloody hell, you hate to send it back—what will the Seinfelds think? Or Billy Joel? Such a high maintenance brunchster you are. Nick and Toni’s has your back. They call their brunch Bloody Mary cocktail, “The Board” and describe it as “a drink, a snack and an activity.” The way it works: Pick a liquor (house-infused sweet pepper-onion-and basil-infused Absolut, hot pepper and peppercorn Absolut ,or Maestro Dobel Tequila, choose a mix and and garnish away – and toss in a few condiments to your tasting. Special Stuff: Pickled green garlic from the garden will be rotated into the Bloody Board lineup, too. Make a reservation at Nick & Toni’s.

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P-Town Punch, Sabio on Main, Pleasanton, California
The “deceptively light and fruity” P-Town Punch cocktail served at this newbie restaurant packs a lot of punch — Pisco, Strawberry-Rhubarb Gum Syrup, fresh lemon juice, and a strawberry garnish. The cocktail plays well with menu items like the Hamachi “Nicoise” salad and Eggs Benedict, and, thanks to the acid that is needed to cut through fat, the cocktail can also stand up to bigger flavors like the Liberty Duck Croque Monsieur and burgers. Make a reservation at Sabio on Main.

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Muddy Waters, Geraldine’s, Austin, Texas
Named for the father of Chicago blues music, the Muddy Waters cocktail (Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, Averna, Orgeat syrup, cold brew coffee, condensed milk, and nutmeg) is a boozy coffee cocktail that harmonizes well with Geraldine’s Brioche French Toast and Smoked Short Rib Tacos. Make a reservation at Geraldine’s.

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Buffalo Soldier, South Water Kitchen, Chicago, Illinois
Order the Buffalo Soldier (Buffalo Trace Bourbon, egg, maple syrup, two strips crumbled bacon, Peychaud’s Bitters, powdered sugar, and bacon strip garnish), expertly mixed cocktail from by head bartender Dan Rook, and you’ve basically got a beautiful brunch in a glass. Make a reservation at South Water Kitchen.

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Brunch Punch III, Hearth, New York, New York
East Village weekend brunchers get punch drunk with the Brunch Punch III, a brunch-only cocktail that stars Four Roses Bourbon, Atsby, Cocchi di Torino, and blood orange. Order it alongside one of Hearth’s delicious spring brunch dishes like the seasonal vegetable frittata. Make a reservation at Hearth.

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I-5 High Five, Café Eugene, Albany, California
The I-5 High Five (gin, Oregon Marionberry Liqueur, California spiced pear brandy, lemon, rosemary) gives Café Eugene’s cheesy grits with tomatillo-braised pork shoulder, chayote, butternut squash, wild herb sauce and a poached egg a perfect boost. Or, if it’s pancakes you crave, order the Duck-Duck-Punch (rum, orange, carrot, lime, pomegranate, falernum, Oregon chai, nutmeg) and the sweet yogurt raspberry pancakes with orange butter and Vermont maple syrup. Make a reservation at Café Eugene.

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Mother’s Day 2016 Restaurant Offers: Where to Brunch Like a Boss with Mom

Being a mother is one of the most rewarding and challenging jobs in the world. So why not reward a mom in your life with a delicious meal on Mother’s Day? There are options to suit every appetite on OpenTable in a city near you, and we’re highlighting a few Mother’s Day 2016 restaurant offers here to give you a better idea of how eateries are rolling out the red carpet for mothers on Sunday, May 8.

Aureole, New York, New York
Choose from the a la carte menu or three refined courses for $49 from 11:45AM-2:15PM at Charlie Palmer’s Michelin-starred Manhattan eatery. Moms can take respite in the relaxing, luxurious setting of Aureole’s dining room and indulge in chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware’s brunch dishes like Lobster Benedict with beef tenderloin, Poached Egg and bearnaise sauce, a Soft Shell Crab BLT with pomme gaufrette, avocado, and sauce remoulade, and mainstays including Roasted Cod with braised fennel, spring beans, and an herb nage. Mothers will receive an individual-sized bottle of Banfi Rosa Regale Rosé to enjoy at home.

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Bedford & Co., New York, New York
Give mom the gift of bragging rights on Mother’s Day as you take her to chef John DeLucie’s just launched brunch at Bedford & Co. in the Big Apple. The menu features contemporary American cuisine infused with inspiration from DeLucie’s travels to Argentina. The wood-fired grill gives rise to dishes like Eggs in Purgatory and Rotisserie Chicken Salad, and there are also de rigueur dishes like Avocado Toast, Chicken and Waffles, and made-to-order cinnamon buns! Make a reservation at Bedford & Co.

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BOA Steakhouse, West Hollywood, California
Celebrate mom like the celeb she is at hot spot BOA from 11AM-2:30PM. For $60 per person, this lavish buffet includes a selection of BOA’s most beloved dishes, like Mini Goat Cheese Baklava, a raw seafood bar, egg station, a taco bar, and for the first time, a carving station featuring BOA’s signature 40-day dry-aged New York Strip Loin. There’s also a dessert table and special crepe station featuring Vanilla Crepes with Chantilly cream and choice of strawberry chocolate or banana caramel sauce. And mothers will leave with a special gift. Make a reservation at BOA Steakhouse.

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The Cecil, New York, New York
Kick things up a notch with live jazz and a big special on Mother’s Day at The Cecil. Jazz and soul singer Emily Braden performs, and chef JJ Johnson is serving a one-day only (available at brunch from 10AM-3:30PM and dinner from 5:30PM-9:30PM), large-format crispy whole duck for $160 that serves four people. Caramelized Kale Sprouts, Pickled Ramps, Housemade Yeast Rolls, and Pineapple Hot Sauce round out the feast. Make a reservation at The Cecil.

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Cook Hall, Dallas, Texas
At Cook Hall, many of the plates are shareable but you may not want to, as they’re so tasty. For Mother’s Day brunch from 11AM-3PM, the specials at this gastropub are delicious and affordable, with Brioche French Toast with sorghum smoked paprika, mixed berries confit, and southwestern spiced whipped cream for $15, Coffee Rubbed New York Strip Steak with a fried egg, country-style potato hash, and peppercorn sauce priced at $20, and the aptly named Mama’s Bread Pudding with Godiva chocolate and Grand Marnier crème anglaise for just $8. Make a reservation at Cook Hall.

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District, Oakland, California
From 11AM to 2:30PM, head over to District for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and a bottomless Mimosa for $35.00 ($22.00 for just the buffet). Children 10 and under can enjoy the buffet for $10.00. Menu highlights will include Buttermilk Pancakes with Banana Rum Syrup, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Bourbon Vanilla Brown Sugar, Biscuits and Sawmill Gravy, and Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel, and much, much more. Specialty cocktails will also be available. Make a reservation at District.

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Esterel at Sofitel Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
The Mother’s Day Brunch for $59 per person at Esterel, available from 11AM-4:30PM, features carving and omelette stations, a selection of flatbreads, a cold display featuring a smoked salmon and bagel bar, and a tableside a la carte menu. For dessert, indulge in a chocolate foundation with handmade garnishes, French pastries, seasonal cobblers, and pies. Bonus: All mothers are welcomed with a complimentary glass of Champagne and will be treated to other gifts. Make a reservation at Esterel at Sofitel Beverly Hills.

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Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, Hallandale Beach, Florida
Pump up the volume on May 8th with stellar Atlantic Ocean views, a $45 brunch buffet with items like Blueberry Pancakes, Fried Chicken and Waffles, an omelette station, and more, plus beats by DJ YSL. Diners will also receive a complimentary mimosa or bellini. Make a reservation at Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails.

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Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, New York, New York
Noho foodie emporium IBAV has a something-for-every-eater three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu for $50. From 10AM-4PM, choose from fresh dishes including avocado toast,  Chia Pudding, Porchetta and Organic Eggs, Soft Shell Crab, and delicious dessert options, such as Warm Rhubarb Crostata and Champagne Granita. Make a reservation at Il Buco Alimentari.

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Kingside, New York, New York
Say cheese at Kingside’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet! Start grazing on charcuterie and artisanal cheeses, and move on to a cereal and granola station, cured fish and bagels, signature salads, made-to-order eggs and omelettes, raw bar offerings, and a pasta station, and then choose from a table of delicious desserts. It’s $59 for adults and $12 for children from 11AM-3:30AM. Make a reservation at Kingside.

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SXSW Restaurants: Four New Texan Spots to Try When You’re in Town

Festival season in Austin kicks off with South By Southwest, the massive, 10-day convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Downtown doubles in size with the influx of attendees from across the States and around the world. And while there’s plenty of amazing new acts, ideas, and technologies to discover, we all know the food is one of the major attractions of the Lone Star State’s capital. Since you’ll have plenty of options all the breakfast tacos and barbecue you can eat, we’re highlighting four new Texan SXSW restaurants that are absolutely worth a try — if you can get a break between sessions.

Lonesome Dove
This inventive bistro from Texas Chef Tim Love draws inspiration from Western cuisine with bold flavors. Starting with the spit-roasted fettine (small bites) through the main courses and hand-cut steaks, the menu is a wild game-heavy one that promises to delight carnivores. Though it’s hard to choose the best dishes, standouts include the duck and rabbit-rattlesnake sausage fettine, succulent wild boar ribs, the juicy roasted garlic stuffed beef tenderloin, seared Colorado lamb chop, and the flavor intense burnt carrots. Make a reservation at Lonesome Dove.

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Revival Public House
The restaurant formerly known as Crave has transformed into a spacious pub serving Texas-inspired fare with nods to neighboring Southern food havens. Their extensive small plates offer innovative twists such as Kimchi Frito Pie, house-pickled zucchini, and red fish tacos. The ‘737’ Burger is garnished with creamy pimiento cheese and decadent bacon jam. The pork carnitas steak offers a big-flavored twist on the traditional Mexican dish. And don’t forget to order up a frosty mug of chilly hops and barley: Their extensive beer menu is curated from a wide variety of local craft brewers. Make a reservation at Revival Public House.

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Stella San Jac
Inside the newly opened Westin, Stella San Jac’s focus is comfort food revised with New Texan flavors. The perfectly seared Berkshire pork chop sits on Brussels sprouts kicked-up with candied jalapeños. The Stella burger is crowned with tangy BBQ mayo and frizzled onions. Creamy fried avocado salad is balanced with Cholula ranch and esquite-styled charred corn. Legend has it that the flaky, #16 biscuits are named for the number of times the recipe was revised to perfection. Make a reservation at Stella San Jac.

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! 10 Comforting Roasted Chicken Dishes

Much like the little black dress or the perfectly shaken martini, roasted chicken — in all its crisp-skinned, golden browned glory — never goes out of style. Whether roasted on a rolling rotisserie or in a wood-fired oven, seasoned with an Italian or Latin American flair, prepared simply or complexly, all forms of this classic dish have the superpower to comfort with rich flavor and heady aroma. So as winter finally descends, find a foil to the deep freeze. Here are 10 spots across the country that serve up some deliciously comforting roasted chicken.

The NoMad, New York, New York
Perhaps the most lavish bird of the bunch, The NoMad’s Whole-Roasted Chicken for Two features foie gras, black truffle, and brioche, and it is plated with seasonal accompaniments — currently cauliflower, lentils, and currants. Pair it with a Le Poulet, the Belgian-inspired brown ale Brooklyn Brewery created just for this occasion, and relax in one of the restaurant’s warm, darkly wooded spaces. The fireplace, with its marble mantle direct from a French château, is particularly inviting on a freezing winter evening. Make a reservation at The NoMad.

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Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This beloved contemporary American restaurant in Old City has received 15 Best of Philly awards from Philadelphia Magazine and for good reason — the supremely fresh ingredients and inventive flavor combinations continue to impress (to wit: the delicately handmade chicken liver ravioli with pickled swiss chard, ginger, and coriander, or bright vitello tonnato with raw veal, tuna, and capered cucumbers.) But on frigid winter nights, the classic Lancaster Farm Chicken, served with dirty rice and herb salad, is unbeatable. Make a reservation at Fork.

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Isla, Austin, Texas
Chef Roman Murphy’s Cast Iron Lime Chicken spends a full 48 hours in a bright bath of orange and lemon juices, garlic, vinegar, and spices, for a decidedly island-inspired twist on the classic at this Caribbean cantina in Austin’s Warehouse District. Pan-seared and then oven-roasted, the juicy result is paired with a side dish — choose from elote, Cuban beans, rice, or caramelized sweet potatoes, among others. Add a Prickly Pear Margarita or spicy Cantina Mule, made with tequila, lime juice, jalapeño, and ginger beer, to really get into the Island spirit. Make a reservation at Isla.

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Kapnos, Washington, D.C.
Chefs Mike Isabella and George Pagonis make good use of the wood-fired grills at his modern Greek restaurant on D.C.’s 14th Street Corridor, spit roasting whole animals like lamb, goat, and suckling pig to smoky perfection. The chicken is seasoned with a traditional blend of Greek spices, cooked rotisserie-style over the hickory fire, and served alongside lemon potatoes. If sitting next to a lamb on a spit weren’t enough, start with a “kegged” spiked lemonade and shareable mezze plates or spreads served with fresh, stone-baked flat bread to fully channel a Greek feast. Make a reservation at Kapnos.

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Xico, Portland, Oregon
The aroma of hot corn tortillas delightfully permeates Portland’s Division Street Mexican eatery. You can sample them, freshly stamped from the housemade masa, with any number of perfectly spiced dishes, including the Chicken Dinner for two. Organic chicken is brined in a bath of hot and sweet chiles, dusted with ground avocado leaf and more chiles, and then basted with house chile vinegar while it slow roasts, rotisserie-style. The fiery, fragrant dish, accompanied by black beans, Mexican rice, red onion escabeche, and house salsas, is guaranteed to liven up any dreary winter day. Make a reservation at Xico.

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Untitled, New York, New York
Normally, fried chicken edges out its roasted counterpart by the sheer fact that it’s fried. In fat. But not at Untitled, Danny Meyer’s latest pillar of perfection at the recently relocated Whitney Museum. In a crisp, sun-filled space, tuck into the dish of remarkably tender Roasted (on a rotisserie) and Fried (post-soy garlic marinade) Chicken with kale and radicchio — and wonder how each bite tastes better than the last. Make a reservation at Untitled.

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