What is brunch if not an excuse to consume adult beverages before noon? Luckily, Milwaukee is a city that knows how to start the day off right – your options here go far beyond the standard celery-and-olive Bloody Mary or a plain mimosa. Next time you’re out for a delicious brunch in Milwaukee, make sure to pair it with one of these next-level cocktails.
Dairy State at Blue’s Egg
Blue’s Egg is one of Milwaukee’s favorite brunch spots, infamous for drawing big crowds and its signature monkey bread “crunked” with whiskey sauce. Start your day with a nice glass of milk – the Blue’s way. The Dairy State is a takeoff on the bourbon milk punch that mixes milk, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a frothy treat that will go perfectly with an order of “very stuffed” hash browns packed with fillings like pulled ham, roasted mushrooms, herb crème fraiche, and more.
Brunch Punch at Buckley’s Restaurant and Bar
Buckley’s is a neighborhood classic with an upscale twist on comfort food. Its brunch menu includes tempting treats like a chicken cordon bleu omelet and homemade pop tarts, all washed down with a signature Brunch Punch. This flavorful, fizzy, fruity concoction proves that drinks are better when they rhyme.
Shared cocktails at Hotel Madrid
Brunch is better in numbers, and Bodegón at Hotel Madrid makes it easy to get one step closer to attaining your brunch squad goals with a menu of delightfully over-the-top shareable cocktails. Order Sangria Para La Mesa and receive an entire punchbowl filled with house-made red or white sangria just for your table, or get prehistoric with Tomás the T-Rex, a cocktail consisting of house-made vermouth and seltzer served in, yes, a ceramic dinosaur.
Liquid Brunch at Fuel Cafe
The Liquid Brunch at motorcycle-inspired Fuel Café in Walker’s Point has everything you need to get your motor running. This mix of cold brew coffee, house-made coffee brandy, and maple bourbon cream comes garnished with a strip of bacon. Enjoy alongside modern American comfort foods made from scratch, including an impressive selection of vegetarian or vegan options.
Walking Spanglish at Sweet Diner
The ultra-stylish Sweet Diner gives classic diner favorites a sleek, modern update that matches the restaurant’s totally #instagrammable interior. Add a little spice to your sweet experience with the Walking Spanglish, a cocktail combining pineapple with house-infused jalapeno tequila.
Bloody Beast at Sobelman’s Pub & Grill
We said no standard Bloody Marys – but it doesn’t get much farther from the same old-same old brunch beverage than a Bloody topped with an entire fried chicken. There are a lot of crazy Bloodies in Milwaukee (it’s kind of a thing), but none challenge the ridiculous over-the-topness of this garnish-packed, pitcher-sized cocktail. (Note: if you’re hoping to try the Bloody Beast, place an order in advance!)