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Taste Test: Brunch Cocktails

What could improve upon a table set with eggs Benedict and the Sunday paper? Any of these eye-opening cocktails that appoint weekend brunch our new Happy Hour.

Prickly Pear Margarita
The cactus fruit’s bubble-gum flavor makes for smooth sipping in this tequila drink sweetened with organic agave at Conner’s Kitchen + Bar. 350 W. Maryland St., 317-405-6100, connersindy.com

Penicillin
For those mornings that call for something a little stronger than a double-shot cappuccino, Provider pours a potent, smoky version of this stiff drink that combines Scotch, ginger, turmeric, mesquite honey, and lemon. 1101 E. 16th St., 317-550-5685

Sparkling Paloma
Served on the rocks with salted rim, Festiva’s grapefruit-and-tequila tipple eases day-drinkers into full-on margarita mode. Order it by the glass, or get the $15 bottomless option that is topped with bubbly tableside. 1217 E. 16th St., 317-635-4444, festivaindy.com

Famous Pink Raincoat
Shaken with coconut milk to form its enduring froth, Milktooth’s nutmeg-topped tropical vacation of a drink gets its sweet-tartness from pineapple, lime, and citrusy Angostura cordial. It gets its kick from Rum-Bar white overproof rum. 534 Virginia Ave., 317-986-5131, milktoothindy.com

Raspberry Mint Crush
Who needs a mimosa when Caffè Buondì mixes the fruity French apéritif Lillet into a dainty, berry-inflected sipper served chilled and showered with fresh mint? 11529 Spring Mill Road, Carmel, 317-546-4670, caffebuondi.com

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