This roundup of 20 New Year’s Day brunch recipes has something for everyone, for the most delicious way to ring in the new year!
New Year’s Eve gets all the hype, but if you ask me, New Year’s Day is where the real fun is. Don’t get me wrong, I love dressing to the nines, eating fancy finger food and toasting flutes of champagne (this style is a fave) while counting backwards from 10 as much as the next person. I may even get a tad misty when we get to “1,” and Auld Lang Syne fills the room. (I can’t help but think of the end of When Harry Met Sally — spoiler alert.)
But New Year’s Day is full of optimism, resolutions and of course, brunch! It’s the perfect way to ring in the first day of the new year. You’re allowed to sleep in (which you’ve rightfully earned) and it doesn’t require formal attire. It gives you the opportunity to reflect on the past year and bask in the promising glow of the new one, all while casually sipping mimosas, or bloody Marys (my brunch cocktail of choice).
So let’s celebrate and embrace the new year. But first, brunch!
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Truth be told, we wouldn’t know what time it was without the presence of a bloody Mary or another respective brunch-y beverage. Here are some of my favorite sips to cheers the year ahead with.
This Bloody Mary recipe with the best homemade mix makes a spicy, flavorful vodka cocktail. Add as many toppings as you’d like to get your drink just right!
from Heather Christo
Blood oranges and fresh rosemary offer an attractive and refreshing twist on this classic vodka and orange juice cocktail.
from A Beautiful Mess
Made with fresh strawberries, aromatic thyme, and grapefruit juice, this gussied up mimosa looks just as pretty as it tastes.
from House of Yumm
Similar to a bloody Mary but with beer and lime juice, this zesty Mexican drink totally hits the spot when it’s time to brunch.
You can never go wrong with a classic mimosa. But my secret is making mine with sparkling wine instead of expensive champagne—it’s just as delicious and just as celebratory.
from Love and Lemons
Just like a margarita but with the addition of fresh grapefruit juice, palomas are wonderfully tart and refreshing, and a stellar accompaniment to your favorite savory brunch dish.
You can tell a lot about a person by what they eat for brunch. Do they go for the pancakes or do they make a beeline for bacon and eggs? No matter which category you fall under, brunch wouldn’t be the same without a little something savory!
Traditional eggs Benedict is the Queen of brunch dishes. Toasted English muffins, savory Canadian bacon, perfectly poached eggs, and a luxuriously creamy sauce—what’s not to love?
This whipped smoked salmon cream cheese spread is my favorite bagel topping, but I don’t just stop there. I love adding a tomato slice, some capers, fresh dill, and a bit of thinly sliced red onion for the ultimate bagel sandwich.
Ditch the bag of frozen hash browns and make my Dad’s better-than-your-favorite-restaurant fried breakfast potatoes with onions instead.
Simple homemade chile enchilada sauce and sunny side up eggs make chilaquiles one of the quickest, most delicious Mexican brunch recipes to make at home.
Brunch for a crowd has never been easier thanks to this incredibly easy to assemble, ham and cheese make-ahead breakfast casserole that some may call a soufflé or a strata, but we just call delicious.
One of the best things about brunch is it’s perfectly acceptable to consume cake before noon, something anyone with a sweet tooth will easily delight in. These sweet eats make me glad I don’t have to wait until after dinner for dessert!
I’ve searched for the best homemade cinnamon roll recipe forever. Perfectly fluffy and slathered with a buttery cream cheese frosting, this is it.
from Brooklyn Supper
This easy to make Dutch baby pancake has an upside down caramelized pear topping made with honey, and is reminiscent of a tart tatin—need I say more?
This easy lemon poppy seed muffin recipe gets a healthy boost with almonds and yogurt to make a moist muffin everyone will declare the very best.
This award-winning blueberry buckle recipe is studded with sweet, juicy blueberries and topped with a crumbly streusel and lemon glaze for a sweet breakfast or dessert.
from Love Grows Wild
These melt-in-your-mouth pull-aparts only require 5 ingredients and just a few minutes of prep work. Sticky and sweet, they’re dripping with caramel and pecans and are absolutely to die for.
Let’s be honest, the beauty of brunch is it allows us to have savory and sweet, meaning we get our fried chicken and our waffles too! These dishes combine the best of both worlds!
An overnight brine of buttermilk and Cholula® Hot Sauce gives a juicy kick to these chicken and waffle slider sandwiches.
from Broma Bakery
These easy baked donuts are studded with salty bacon bits and topped with an irresistible maple glaze, for a sweet and savory match made in heaven.
This super easy crepe recipe is customizable, so you can add your favorite sweet or savory fillings and have the best of both worlds.
The Monte Cristo sandwich is a masterful blend of sweet and savory. Made with honey baked ham, deli turkey, Swiss cheese, and raspberry preserves, I take it up another notch and swap bread for toaster waffles (and will never go back!).
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20 New Year's Day Brunch Recipes to Celebrate With | The Best Bloody Mary Recipe
Bloody Mary Mix
- 1 48 ounce can of tomato juice , or about 6 cups
- 3 tablespoons prepared creamy hot horseradish
- 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 2 1/4 teaspoons celery salt
- 3 teaspoons garlic salt
- Tabasco sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Pickle-infused vodka , or regular vodka if you prefer
Assembling the Drinks
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- Mix the tomato juice, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, celery salt, garlic salt and black pepper in a large pitcher. Season with 10-15 shakes of Tabasco sauce, or to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To assemble drinks, mix the celery salt and kosher salt on a small plate. Dip the rim of your glass in a shallow amount of water, then dip into the salt mix and twist. Fill an 8-ounce glass to the top with ice. Add 2 ounces of pickle-infused vodka or regular vodka then top with bloody mary tomato mixture.
- Garnish with limes, lemons, celery ribs, blue cheese stuffed olives, bacon strips, pepperocinis, cooked shrimp, hot sauce, pickles, pickled asparagus or green beans, pickled beets, chunks of cheese, and anything your heart desires.
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