Joy Wilson, better known to most as blogger extraordinaire Joy the Baker, understands the power that a delicious low-key meal has to bring people together. In her book Over Easy (out March 21; Clarkson Potter, $27.50), which focuses on all things brunch, there are tips for unlocking the secret to perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs and a recipe for Earl Grey and ricotta waffles that will leave you dreaming about breakfast in bed. But for the tipplers among us, it’s the book’s charming afternoon-sipping-approved cocktails that can’t help but steal the show.
“What I’m excited about with Over Easy is that I get to inspire gatherings for people around really indulgent meals—with cocktails included,” says Wilson laughing. After relocating to New Orleans from Los Angeles, she quickly found that the Crescent City embraces the allure of day drinking with open arms. “It’s such a New Orleans thing—the lingering five-hour lunch or brunch. The city really inspired the book in that way.”
From Bloody Marys with dill-pickle-infused vodka to strawberry, grapefruit and chamomile brunch punch (spiked with bourbon, of course), the cocktails are also designed to be perfect for crowds and take into consideration that complicated mixing and heavy lifting on the ingredient front (looking at you, Ramos Gin Fizz) aren’t ideal for a relaxed weekend morning.
Perfectly springy and bubbly, the book’s Orange Sherbet Mimosa Punch is what you need in your life this weekend. The citrusy cocktail for a crowd perfectly combines the whimsy of sherbet we all know and love from childhood with the adult effervescence of a weekend morning Mimosa. The result is simple yet brilliant. Get the recipe here.
“Brunch is all about having more than four people in your house around noon, and there’s no way I’m going to shake an egg white for more than one person! All of the drinks in the book are easy, approachable and ready to be made for a lot people.”