Alie & Georgia: 3 Brunch Cocktails You’ll Be Thinking About All Weekend

05/08/2014 at 04:59 PM ET

Alie & Georgia Brunch Cocktail Recipes
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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit PEOPLE.com every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

Let’s talk brunch. Warm weather has arrived and suddenly everyone is all about patios and golden sunshine and spending the day gabbing over quiche and mimosas. One problem: mimosas are disgusting.

You heard us.

Here’s why: You’re drinking sparkling wine, which is fine on its own, but dumping a bunch of sweet pulpy juice in it doesn’t do you any favors. Now the fizz is dimmed, the texture is thick and the sweetness isn’t balanced with any other flavors. Where is the bitter or tannic element we love in cocktails? The intrigue of spice over ice?

So we say: an end to mimosas! Rather, we offer three insanely easy, no-fuss alternatives for brunch beverages that offer plenty of indulgence and — this is exciting! — a bit of caffeine to keep you going. Friday can’t come fast enough.

Spiked Mocha (pictured above)
Makes 1

3 oz. espresso or strong coffee
4 oz. milk
2 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur (for a vanilla latte, substitute Licor 43)

Stir all ingredients over ice and garnish with a giddy, doofy smile.

Spiced Chai Masala Rum
Makes 1

6 oz. chilled chai tea
1½ oz. spiced rum
Cream and sugar, to taste
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Shake of cracked black pepper

Stir all ingredients over ice, garnish with dusting of cayenne and black pepper and toast to an exotic vacation in your hand.

Arnold Palmer Grows Up
Makes 1

2 oz. bourbon
2 oz. iced tea
4 oz. lemonade
Mint leaves, for garnish

Stir all ingredients over ice, garnish with mint and consider the weekend a total success.

Now, if you’re reading this on a weekday — or at your office — allow us to offer our most sincere condolences. A day off will be here soon enough, and you deserve at least one of these in your drinkhole.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Brook Hohn on

I tried all 3, all disgusting. Mimosas are much better