Brunch

Brunch has quickly become a go-to meal to toast the weekend with bubbly, great friends and great food. Hosting brunch can be casual and put together last-minute while still feeling special and looking nice. A combination of simple homemade dishes and a handful of store-made treats make this a low-key occasion fit for any host.

 

Mimosa Bar: 3 Simple Steps

1) Add fresh herbs and fruit to the bottom of your glass and use muddler or wooden spoon to smash. 2) Top with your favorite fruit juice (I like offering Orange, Cranberry & Pineapple for a nice variation) 3) Top with chilled California champagne and enjoy!

Fall Themed Brunch Ideas

We’re brunching all year long and we’ve got the perfect additions to your fall brunch menu. These sugar & spice doughnuts will go quick! Pick up a package of these delicious seasonal staples at your local bakery or grocery store and set out for guests to grab-and-go. Doughnuts are always a great option to offer brunch…

Fall Brunch Companions

Put a twist on your fall brunch menu with seasonal touches like pumpkin spiced doughnuts, plaid napkins, fresh apples and a variety of fall-themed flavorful juices, spreads and toppings. A few simple tweaks go a long way to pull the theme together.  

Bellini

  • 1/2 oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 2 1/2 oz Korbel California Champagne
  • 1 oz passion fruit nectar

How to Make a Seamless Toast

Giving a toast is a big honor but can be overwhelming and stressful. We’ve put together tips for how to make a seamless toast this wedding season: Personalization is Imperative You were chosen for a reason so keep it personal and tailored to the guest of honor. Would they appreciate a novel or prefer something short and…

10 Simple Brunch Cocktails

Brunch is one of my favorite occasions to host because there are no rules so its a blank canvas for what’s on the menu. Whether a dressed up wedding shower or a simple backyard get-together, these 10 cocktails are perfect for any brunch. Bellini 1⁄2 oz Chambord Liqueur 2 1⁄2 oz Korbel California Champagne 1 oz…

Tropical Twist: Pineapple Vase

The season of Summer is here and there’s no better time to enjoy seasonal foods like fresh pineapple. We took it one step further and turned our pineapple into a flower vase.  

Pretty Platter

Great for summertime gatherings or bridal showers, a cheese board with all the fixings always makes the mark.

  • Variety of cheese blocks ranging from mild to sharp in flavor
  • Cured meats such as salumi and prosciutto
  • Baguette or bread loaf
  • Fruits such as cherries and blackberries
  • Honey or fruit jam
  • Olives and spicy peppers

Sparkling Sangria

  • 750 mL bottle of Korbel California Champagne
  • 2oz Cran-Pomegranate Juice Drink
  • Frozen Berries
  • Orange Slices
  • Lemon Slices
  • Lime Slices

“Mock”tail Bar

Just as you set up a Mimosa Bar I love the idea of a “Mock”tail Bar which are especially fun at an event like a baby or wedding shower. Allowing guests to mix and match to create their perfect “mock”tail gives an interactive touch to your party. Setting up a “mock”tail bar is simple: Offer festive glassware…

Fresh Mint Sprigs

Fresh mint sprigs are a bar cart essential. Mint can add a hint of fresh flavor to any cocktail.

3 Simple Steps for Flavored Mimosa

3 simple steps for a perfect mimosa: 1) Add fresh fruit & herbs 2) Add juice 3) Top with Korbel California Champagne

Pops of Pastel Table Setting

Incorporating a color scheme into a get-together makes it feel more personal and doesn’t have to be overly fussy or expensive. Choose two to three accent colors and easily create a warm and inviting table using fresh flowers, a table runner and individual place settings.

Woodford Berry Punch

This one is a real crowd-pleaser and my go-to bourbon batch recipe. The Woodford Berry Punch is a great introduction to enjoying bourbon and making a simple but delicious drink for your guests.

  • 1 ¼ cups Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • 2 ½ cups cranberry juice
  • 2 ½ oz orange juice
  • 6 diced strawberries
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 6 pinches allspice/sugar blend

Macarons

Macarons come in various flavors and colors so not only do they taste delicious, but they can brighten up your Kentucky Derby party or brunch and add a touch of elegance.

Bourbon Bottle Vase

The Kentucky Derby and bourbon go hand-in-hand. Add effortless but festive elements to your party by using empty bourbon bottles as a vase. Simply secure a bow-tie to the neck of the bottle and add your favorite flowers to the bourbon bottle

Mimosa Bar

A mimosa bar is a perfect way to offer your guests cocktails in a simple way. Choose from a variety of juices, fruit, herbs and champagne to create your own, unique Mimosa Bar. Here’s what you need to create a wow-worthy Mimosa Bar: Fresh raspberries, strawberries & blueberries Herb including mint, rosemary & sage Juices…

Lime Bloody Mary

  • 1 oz el Jimador Mexican Lime (or el Jimador Blanco)
  • 3 oz Bloody Mary Mix
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot pepper sauce (to taste)
  • Horseradish (to taste)
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon

Decadent Champagne

Add a touch of decadence to your glass of champagne by rimming glasses with melted chocolate. Simply melt chocolate, flip glass over and dip the mouth of the glass into the chocolate. Top with edible flowers and you instantly have a delicious and beautiful beverage.

Bellini

  • 1⁄2 oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 2 1⁄2 oz Korbel Brut California Champagne
  • 1 oz passion fruit nectar

Pink Lady

  • 2 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz Korbel Brut California Champagne

Sprinkled Glazed Doughnuts

Whether you bake from scratch, or buy at the store, donuts are a must have for a Galentine’s Brunch.

Mini-Fritattas

  • 8 eggs
  • 4 oz shredded ham
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Doughnut Hole Skewers

Ingredients: 3 cups vegetable oil, for cooking 3 tablespoons granulated sugar ¼  teaspoon salt 1 large egg 1 cup low-fat milk 1½ cups all-purpose flour ⅛ teaspoon grated nutmeg ¼ unsalted butter, melted 1½ teaspoons baking powder Confectioner’s sugar, for coating   In a bowl, combine granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In…

Berry Waffles

Whether you buy them at the store or whip them up from scratch, Belgium waffles are great for brunch.  Top waffles with any kind of berry.

Muffins

Whip up your favorite muffin recipe or pick up a package from the store. Muffins are easy, scrumptious and are the perfect item to any brunch spread.  

Fruit

Whether serving fruit as a dish or offering as a garnish for cocktails, always select a variety of fresh ingredients. We love offering citrus to add a bite to dishes and cocktails, as well as fresh berries for a sweet treat or pop of color for garnish.

Fruit & Dip

While fruit salads are always a hit, serving them isn’t always ideal. Stack a variety of sliced fruits on skewers for an easy grab-and-go option. Here’s an easy, 3-ingredient fruit dip that we love:  

  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar marshmallow cream
  • 3 drops vanilla extract

Country Ham & Biscuits

Country ham is a type of cured ham popular in the South, especially in Kentucky. You can purchase uncooked country ham; however, it’s easiest to get a cooked ham. Serve with purchased or homemade biscuits and assorted butter, mustard, jam and honey. 

Berry Parfait

  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries

Brunch Sangria

  • 1 cup Chambord Liqueur
  • 1 bottle Red Wine
  • 1 pint Raspberries
  • 1 small Lemon, sliced
  • 1 small Orange, sliced
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar

Sweet & Sour Summer Pitcher

  • 1 part Chambord Liqueur
  • 4 parts el Jimador Tequila
  • 5 parts Sour Mix
  • 1 part Triple Sec

Chambord Spritz

Serve brunch guests a delicious Chambord Spritz!

  • 1 ¾ oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 4 ¼ oz White Wine
  • Soda

Lime Bloody Mary

  • 1 oz el Jimador Mexican Lime
  • 3 oz Bloody Mary Mix

Sparkling Ruby

  • 2 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz Korbel Brut California Champagne

Champagne & Chocolate

Champagne & Chocolate a perfect pair? We think so. Rim a champagne glass with chocolate sauce and add Korbel California Champagne Natural. Top with edible flowers

Passion Fruit Sparkler

  • ½ oz Chambord Liqueur
  • 2 ½ oz Korbel California Champagne
  • 1 oz passion fruit nectar

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