Drinks Before Noon: Cocktail Recipes from Some of the City's Best Brunch Menus


The joys of a spirited brunch come in four shapes and glasses.

Nopa's Ramos Gin Fizz
Serves 1
    2 ounces Haymans Old Tom gin
    Juice of half a lemon
    Juice of half a lime
    1 ounce simple syrup
    1 ounce half-and-half
    ¾ ounce egg white
    Club soda
    Orange flower water

Add the first six ingredients to a shaker. Shake well. Add ice. Shake again. Strain into a chilled collins glass. Top with a splash of soda and orange flower water.

Chez Spencer's Pamplemousse 68
Serves 1
    2 ounces Charbay grapefruit vodka
    Fresh grapefruit juice
    Grapefruit slice
    Maraschino cherry

Fill a collins glass with ice. Add vodka and a generous splash of grapefruit juice. Fill to the top with Champagne. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a maraschino cherry.

Prospect's Bloody Mary
Serves 2
    ½ teaspoon celery salt
    ½ teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
    36 ounces tomato juice
    3 ½ ounces Worcestershire
    2 ounces horseradish
    2 ounces fresh lemon juice
    2 ounces fresh lime juice
    4 ounces gin, tequila, or vodka Olives and lime for garnish

In a small pitcher, combine the first eight ingredients plus a few shakes of Tabasco. Fill two 10-ounce glasses with ice. Add half of the chosen spirit to each. Pour in enough Bloody Mary mix to fill. Stir and garnish with two olives and a lime wedge.

25 Lusk's Jean-Michel-Ada
Serves 1
    Salt to rim the glass
    ½ ounce Pueblo Viejo tequila
    1 ounce lime juice
    ½ ounce agave syrup
    Dash of Tobasco
    Lager such as Stella Artois

Rim a chilled pilsner glass with salt and fill with ice. Add all of the tequila, agave and Tabasco and stir well. Top with lager.

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