Tutto quello che c’è da sapere sul brunch

(Updated on: feb 05, 2024)

Diventi un mago del brunch con la nostra guida per rendere speciale il pasto più divertente della giornata.

Brunch. Ogni occasione è buona per il brunch: compleanni, baby shower, festa della mamma o il giorno dopo una serata fuori, in cui fare colazione alle 8 di mattina non è pensabile.

Qualunque sia il motivo, un bel brunch con le persone care può essere una vera festa. E dato che aprile è il mese del brunch in America, vogliamo rivelarle tutti i segreti per preparare un brunch da manuale. Basta sapere alcune ricette vincenti e i drink che le accompagnano alla perfezione per diventare dei veri professionisti del brunch.

What is brunch?

Come dice il nome, il brunch è un pasto che combina la colazione e il pranzo (breakfast + lunch) e si fa di solito in tarda mattinata o nel primo pomeriggio. Le origini di questo popolarissimo pasto risalgono all’Inghilterra del XIX secolo, quando Guy Beringer coniò il termine “brunch” per descrivere una colazione in compagnia nella tarda mattinata della domenica dopo una battuta di caccia. Negli anni ‘20 e ‘30, grazie alla sua praticità, il brunch ha preso piede in Nord America e appena vent’anni dopo si erano già affermati i classici piatti e drink che non possono mancare sulla tavola del brunch, come uova alla Benedict, waffle e cocktail mimosa. Oggi il brunch fa tendenza in tutto il mondo, soprattutto nelle aree urbane di Nord America, Europa, Australia, Nuova Zelanda e in Estremo Oriente.

Brunch essentials

Brunch is often associated with dining out, but you can also stir up a mouth-watering late-morning meal from the comfort of your own home. There is no 'wrong' brunch to serve up to your family and friends, but there are a few favorites associated with this meal that you may want to consider to help you tick all the right boxes for your guests:

  • Coffee. What is any meal early in the day without an accompanying coffee? Whether you prefer an espresso, a pour-over, or a specialty coffee like a flat white or a cappuccino, a well-made cup of coffee can enhance any brunching experience.
  • Champagne. If you're looking to add some extra merriment to Sunday brunch, Champagne and other sparkling wines have established themselves as the go-to beverage to indulge in. Enjoy your Champagne on its own from a RIEDEL Champagne Wine Glass, or as part of a fruity sparkling cocktail such as a bellini or a mimosa. Mimosas and bellinis are traditionally made with orange juice and peach purée respectively but feel free to get creative and mix things up with variations like grapefruit or pomegranate juice for your mimosa, and mango or cranberry juice for your bellini.
  • Something sweet. There's something about brunch that brings out the sweet tooth in a lot of us. For those of you to who this applies, pastries cannot be ignored when considering sweet brunch options. Croissants, cinnamon swirls, and pain-au-chocolat are all examples of sweet baked goods that can elevate your brunching experience. Pancakes and waffles also often fall into the 'sweet brunch' category when topped with ice cream, maple syrup, or something chocolatey, but they can also be savory depending on your choice of topping. If you're approaching brunch from more of a 'sweet but nutritious angle, you may wish to consider serving up a fresh and mixed fruit salad or try topping your pancakes/waffles with a mix of berries to add some freshness to your meal.
  • Something savory. If you are after a savory brunch, there are a few ingredients that show up time and time again in classic dishes. Eggs are a notable ingredient, with eggs benedict, royale, and florentine all being hugely popular options on many brunch menus, while quiche, omelets, frittatas, and breakfast burritos are all popular inclusions at many establishments too! Other savory brunch staples include avocado toast and fry-ups, while bacon, sausages, and breakfast potatoes are also featured in numerous brunch dishes.

Food and drink brunch pairings for your consideration

So you have a good idea of some of the most popular food and drink options you can include with your brunch. Now to decide what pairs together to make the whole meal come together seamlessly, enhancing all individual components in the process.


Coffee and pastries

Coffee shops serve a range of pastry options alongside their coffee for a reason. Coffee and pastries have been recognized as a match made in heaven for a long time, with the sweet, buttery nature of pastries balancing the bitter qualities of coffee.

So next time you sit down for brunch and wonder what food to nibble at while you sip your flat white, a cinnamon roll might be just the ticket.


Coffee and rich, savory dishes

Not everyone ordering a coffee with their brunch will want to stick to pastries.

If you prefer something more substantial to enjoy with your coffee, we recommend brunches that work in tandem with your drink's qualities. The creaminess of avocado toast can work wonderfully alongside a cafe latte or a cappuccino, while the richness of egg-based dishes can complement the bold flavors of coffees like an americano.


Mimosas/bellinis and sweet brunches

Adding juice or purée makes mimosas and bellinis light, refreshing cocktails that are excellent matches for sweet brunch options. French toast can bring richness to balance the lightness of your mimosa or bellini, while the freshness of a fruit salad can be a strong option if you wish to keep your brunch light across the board.

This pairing option doesn't have to be limited to people enjoying an alcoholic drink. If you are sticking to soft drinks with your brunch, you can achieve similarly delicious results by pairing your French toast or fruit salad with an alcohol-free mimosa, using ginger ale instead of sparkling wine.


Bloody Mary

As another drink that has built a clear association with brunch over the years, it is only fair we give you some food recommendations to enjoy with this charismatic cocktail.

This savory, spiced beverage balances beautifully with egg-based brunch options such as eggs benedict or a breakfast burrito. For meat lovers, the saltiness of bacon dishes can complement your Bloody Mary's spices, while if you're keeping things plant-based, you can try topping your avocado toast or tofu scramble with chili flakes to match the intensity of the cocktail.

With this background on all things brunch, we hope you feel perfectly equipped to prepare an unbeatable brunch offering that is irresistible to even the fussiest of eaters!