Day drinking feels like something that most people stopped doing by the time they graduated college, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in an adult beverage before noon every now and again. If you are joining us for lunch, consider having a cocktail the next time you stop by. The trick to savoring a cocktail before happy hour is to pick the right beverage to sip. Without further adieu, here are our top choices of alcoholic beverages to drink at lunch.

The Mimosa

We know it’s cliché, but a Mimosa in the daytime really is the perfect drink to choose if you want to have an early morning adult beverage. Because it’s mixed with orange juice, it feels like a natural choice to enjoy in the earlier hours of the day. Furthermore, the champagne or sparkling wine is light enough to not have a very strong alcohol taste, which can be off-putting if it’s your first meal of the day.

Bloody Mary

Again, the Bloody Mary is a very popular daytime drink for good reason. In fact, this beverage is a great choice if you need a bit of hair from the dog from the previous night’s festivities. Think of the Bloody Mary as like a blended, drinkable salad with a kick of alcohol. The tomato juice provides a decent amount of vitamins and minerals which can help to replenish your body after a night of drinking. Garnishes on the Bloody like celery, peppers, pickles, and even cheese or bacon make this drink basically a liquid meal!

Irish Coffee

Coffee plus alcohol can be a great combination if you want to start off your day with a little kick. This particular ink is made with whiskey, sugar or maple syrup, heavy cream, and hot coffee. Perfect for a fall day in the PNW, this drink will perk you up while also giving you a nice buzz.

Wine Flight

Here in the Willamette Valley, we take our wine tasting seriously, so it’s really not unusual to be drinking wine at any time of the day. If you are not in the mood for winery hopping to do your wine tasting, come stop by Trellis for a wine flight. Not only can you taste a variety of different local wines this way, but you also have our delicious lunch menu at your fingertips. It’s a win-win!

As you can see, there are several options when it comes to alcoholic beverages to drink at lunch. Our key takeaway is to choose something light or something that naturally pairs with things you would drink in the morning/afternoon already. Which one would you choose?