Sunday is the last chance you have to live it up on the weekend before returning to the daily grind of the work week. If you’re like us, you like to make the most of it. Getting together with friends or family for some Sunday Funday cocktails is a great way to close out the weekend.
An appropriate day drinking cocktail is a must for any Sunday Funday. Thanks to our friends at mybartender.com for helping us pull together a list of some of our favorites.
These Sunday Funday drink ideas include a variety of bases to suit every taste. Whether you love tequila or gin is your drink of choice, this list has a Sunday Funday cocktail for you.
A French 75 is a classic champagne cocktail known for its zesty flavor and invigorating bubbles. Here’s what you need to make the drink:
- 4 ounces champagne, ideally brut
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
Mix the gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and then strain the ingredients into a champagne glass, filling it halfway. Then top it slowly with champagne.
A peach bellini is another champagne-based drink but is a bit lighter than the French 75. If you’re planning on popping bottles for Sunday Funday, you can offer your guests either option.
Here’s what you need for your peach bellini:
- 2 peaches, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Pinch of sugar
- Champagne (or dry sparkling wine or prosecco).
Puree the peaches, sugar, lemon juice, and water in a blender. Fill a champagne glass with the puree about one-quarter full. Top it off with your bubbly of choice.
Sangria is traditionally a Spanish drink. The name comes from the Spanish word for blood, “Sangre” (traditional sangria is made with red wine, although you can also make it with white).
Here’s what you need for a traditional sparkling sangria:
- 1 cup of brandy
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- 1 sliced orange
- 1 sliced apple
- 2 bottles sparkling chilled wine or cava
Take a pitcher and add the brandy and orange liqueur, followed by the sugar. Mix until the sugar has fully dissolved, and then add the apples and oranges. Finally, top it off with wine or cava.
You don’t want to spend all of Sunday Funday mixing drinks. Beer margaritas are another low-maintenance option. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
- 12 ounces tequila
- 12 ounces water
- 12 ounces beer
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
Pour the frozen limeade concentrate, tequila, water, and beer into a large pitcher and stir until blended and the concentrate has melted. Add ice and garnish with lime wedges.
Gin Lemonade Punch
This refreshing drink is great for warm summer days (or any Sunday Funday)! To make it, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 4 whole lemons, cut into halves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 quart water
- 24 ounces gin
- Mint (optional)
Juice the lemons in a large pot and throw in the rinds (wash them first). Add the sugar and muddle it with the peels for three minutes. Add water and stir so that the sugar dissolves completely. You can also add some mint for a garnish.
Strain the mixture into a three-quart pitcher and add the gin. Serve over ice.
If you want to add some visual pizzaz to your table, a tequila sunrise is a great choice. The drink gets its name from the mix of orange juice and red grenadine, creating a sunrise in a glass.
Here’s what you need to make it:
- 1.5 ounces tequila
- 3 ounces orange juice
- 0.5 ounces grenadine
Pour the tequila into a glass over ice. Add orange juice and blend the ingredients. Finally, add the syrup, stirring gently to create the “sunrise” effect. You can garnish with a cherry or orange.
An Aperol spritz is another pretty drink that can dress up your Sunday Funday brunch table. To make it, you’ll need the following:
- Orange slices
Mix the Aperol and prosecco in a large wine glass, mixing to taste. Add ice cubes gently using tongs. Top it off with a splash of soda and your orange slice garnish.