Currant Affair at Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky ($10)
Never has a bruncher wanted to stare into their drink more than to watch the tiny, vodka-soaked currants bounce up and down amongst the bubbles of the sparkling wine in this drink. A kir royale that took a wild, vodka-laden ride, this drink is as lovely to drink as it is to look at, the tart currant flavor acting as an alarm clock for the taste buds.
Rummy Saz at Ba Bar ($10)
The Rummy Saz has a pleasantly light texture, with the only body coming from the sugar cane syrup that matches the Cruzan Black Strap and Goslings Black Seal rums. The sweetness from these, combined with Precious coffee bitters, is faintly reminiscent of traditional Vietnamese coffee, but Green Chartreuse offers an herbal touch that helps it veer it off in a totally original direction.
Cheery Pie at Burgundian ($10)
While our server was unable to clarify if "Cheery" was a typo of "Cherry" or a comment on the mood of the cocktail, any drinker should be happy to accept it either way. The mix of sparkling wine, PAMA pomegranate liqueur, and house-made cinnamon syrup truly does taste like the slightly-undersweetened filling from grandma's pie, and between the bubbles and the sweet-tart flavor, there's no lack of cheer in it. The dryness of the wine cuts through the heaviness of brunch dishes like fried chicken and waffles or a Monte Cristo sandwich.
Cafe Amaro at Sun Liquor ($8)
A bartender's dream to streamline the orders of restaurant industry folk: skip the separate coffee and Fernet Branca, create the Café Amaro, to let them mainline the two favored drinks simultaneously. It doesn't hurt that hand-whipped Angostura cream, a treat on its own, melts down, whisping clouds of rich cream and spice into the drink.
Naked if I Want to at Toulouse Petit ($7.50)
At first sip, this reminded us of slightly melted blood orange sorbet (which is not an altogether terrible way to start the day), but this drink finishes elegantly, with light floral flavors. The blood-orange comes from DRY Soda Blood Orange, but the hints of vanilla at the end of a sip are an unexplainable, but refreshing, result of the Tito's Vodka, BroVo Lavender, crème de cassis, and lemon that make up the rest of the drink.