Best Foods And Drinks For A Summer Brunch
Whether you need a reason to get family and friends together or just need an excuse to enjoy a fruity cocktail before noon, a summer brunch is the perfect setting. From fine dining choices to easy recipes and a premixed brunch punch, as one of the most popular Pawleys Island restaurants, we have a few tricks to share to make your event tasty and fun.
A Twist On Tacos
We’re big fans of tacos any day of the week, but when it comes to planning your summer brunch, create tacos with a twist. Swap out the shells or tortillas with mini pancakes and fill with the best fruit from summer. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of the fruit and drizzle with raw honey. Place a small dish of granola on the table for anyone who needs a bit of crunch.
The best summer quiche recipes must include bacon and cheese, other ingredients are always welcome. For a Pawleys Island fine dining feel, opt for this summer squash quiche recipe from MyRecipes.com. If you have the time, they even include a great recipe for making your dough from scratch. Want something loaded with summer veggies? This quiche will hit the spot. Because a quiche is so filling, use this as your main dish and supplement with light side dishes.
Chicken And Waffles
What has become known as a Southern dish, chicken and waffles is the perfect combination of savory and sweet. With well-seasoned crispy chicken and thick, fluffy waffles, this meal is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Add some sunshine to your summer brunch by moving the meal outdoors. Dining al fresco is one of the best parts of getting together during the warm months. Offer guest honey and maple syrup to top off this dish and pair it with a light fruit salad.
DIY Bagel Bar
Want something super easy and custom-made? Whip up a do-it-yourself bagel bar for guests. This is especially great for a summer brunch with several guests or when you want to avoid firing up the stove. Offer an assortment of bagel flavors or croissants, along with flavored cream cheeses, fresh fruits, herbs, cheeses and more.
Best Brunch Drinks
For the highlight of your summer brunch – summer cocktails, of course – choose a fan favorite that you can make in bulk. Our favorite summer brunch beverages are below, but if you keep the drink light and fruity, you’re sure to create a refreshing beverage.
- Red Wine Sangria: In one pitcher, mix together your favorite bottle of red wine, a can of seltzer, 1 cup of orange juice, ½ cup of brandy, ¼ cup of sugar and all the fruits you’d like. Stir ingredients together and serve over ice.
- Pineapple Mimosas: A summer twist to the classic mimosa is sure to be a fan favorite. Mix 1 cup pineapple juice with 1/3 cup coconut milk (from a carton). Stir and pour into your glasses. Top the glasses with your favorite champagne and you’re ready to toast. Up your display to fine dining level by rubbing a pineapple slice around the edge of each glass and dipping each one in sugar before pouring the drinks.
- Champagne Mules: Keep the brunch beverages light and bubbly by creating champagne mules. Fill each flute glass with 2 ounces each of vodka and fresh lime juice. Add 4 ounces of ginger beer to each glass and top with chilled champagne. A mint leaf and slice of lime are the perfect garnish.
Enjoy your summer even more with a relaxed brunch. These easy recipes and tasty drinks will bring fine dining to your back patio. Not in the mood to prepare a meal? Head to Chive Blossom to check out our lunch and dinner menu options or sip a drink while sitting in our courtyard.