5 Restaurants With Alternative Brunch Drinks

By Megan Giller  |  May 15, 2014

This weekend, ditch the mimosas and Bloody Marys and order a new type of brunch drink. From adult sno-cones to jalapeño-muddled cocktails to Tito's with spiked Cinnamon Toast Crunch, here’s what you should be sipping come Sunday.

  • The Hightower

    Sno-cones get an adult kick at this East Austin neighborhood joint, with flavors like strawberry-fennel and Kahlua-coconut. Kind of like a frozen margarita, they’re the perfect companion to hefty brunch options like carnitas with fried eggs and potato chips or Yorkshire pudding with zucchini purée, goat cheese and charcoal powder.

    1209 E. Seventh St.; 512-524-1448

  • Green Pastures

    Why, oh why hasn’t the unofficial brunch drink of New Orleans, milk punch, made it across the border into Austin? Only one restaurant here is doing its part to make things right. This beautiful old-school brunch locale serves a killer buffet, including a milk punch with bourbon, rum and brandy that’s more like ice cream than hard liquor.

    811 W. Live Oak St.; 512-444-1888

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    A dozen oysters and a lobster omelet call for delicate yet satisfying drinks, and chef-owner Larry McGuire’s famous South Congress brunch spot delivers. Try the Sea Turtle, with vodka and a fresh juice mix of passion fruit, strawberry and lemon topped with fresh lime, or the El Toro, with Blanco tequila, St. Germain, citrus juices, fresh jalapeño and Fresno peppers and sea salt.

    1400 S. Congress Ave.; 512-291-7300

  • Porter Ale House

    The sweet cocktails on the gastropub’s menu will satisfy your sugar craving even more than their French toast sticks. Go with the Cold War for a triple jab of coffee, chocolate and booze, with Tito’s vodka, Kona coffee liqueur, RumChata (horchata-flavored cream liqueur) and Aztec chocolate bitters, topped with RumChata-infused Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Or be sophisticated with the Banana-Nut Old Fashioned, with banana-nut-infused Buffalo Trace bourbon, Angostura bitters and simple syrup.

    3715 S. First St.; 512-291-6229

  • Elizabeth Street Café

    A word of advice: come prepared for a wait, and be sure to get yourself a cocktail to make the time go by. With choices like the Blackberry Spritzer, with muddled blackberries, Tariquet and Topo Chico, plus fun punches, it will seem like a mere moment before you’re seated in front of a breakfast banh mi with scrambled eggs and ginger-pork sausage, or the Nutella-banana-stuffed French crêpes with candied hazelnuts.

    1501 S. First St.; 512-291-2881