If you live in a major metropolitan area, epic brunch lines are practically a rite of passage. While we're not above waiting our turn for a sampling of the most buzz-worthy bespoke jam in town every now and again, on some weekend mornings, that time is best spent staying in bed. If you're feeling our vibe (some might call it lazy, but we'd describe it as intrepid), consider these at-home do-it-yourself fixes to master the breakfast arts, zero wait required.
There's no need to make a pilgrimage to the artisanal coffeehouse around the corner to enjoy the perfect brew. This iced lavender and vanilla almond milk latté recipe is a subtle and summery wake-up call you can enjoy without changing out of your pajamas. For caffeine hounds, investing in elevated kitchen essentials (along with mastering your nut-milk recipe game) is a must. Here's our list to get you outfitted like a proper barista.
Bodum Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker ($80)
Passionate coffee drinkers will swoon over this vacuum-brewing method, which extracts all precious oils from the bean while simultaneously preventing aromas from escaping. It tastes as impressive as it sounds.
Crate and Barrel Lina Blue Stripe Coffee Mug ($11)
Take pride in your presentation, and stock up on super-large latte mugs. They leave room for extra foam and deliver when you need a drip fix the size of Texas.
Nespresso Aeroccino Plus ($100)
The joys of owning your own milk foamer cannot be overstated. This one-touch gadget will redefine your morning routine, and you'll never look back.
Deluxe Espresso Machine
DeLonghi Dedica Espresso Maker ($300)
Alright, if you're really serious about throwing down in the espresso arena, the sky's the limit, in terms of machinery and price tags. This chic compact model from DeLonghi will get you serious bang for your buck.
Ifsampling the latest and greatest culinary exploits your city has to offer on weekend mornings is your M.O., we challenge you to spread your wings in your own kitchen. Food & Wine has expertly curated a roundup of frittata recipes to satisfy every palette. The classic dish is all about the details, so make it your own.
Le Creuset Signature Handle Enamel 3/4-Inch Cast Iron Skillet ($200)
Frankly, you'll never regret investing in a good cast-iron skillet. It's the sort of all-around essential worthy of being passed down from generation to generation. This version from Le Creuset keeps things cool for summer in vibrant Marseille blue.
Steal from the best. With 140 recipes that range from pancakes to iced coffee, world-renowned chef Bobby Flay's brunch-centric cookbook is the only thing you need to turn your kitchen table into a five-star destination. Did you also know brunch is Flay's favorite meal? He takes it seriously.
Anthropologie Ambrose Champagne Flute ($18)
While you're putting in the extra effort, invite a few friends over to add to the morning revelry. In our experience, the promise of bellinis and mimosas is enough to lure some plus-ones.
Social Media–Worthy Embellishments
Sugarfina Champagne Bears & Bubbly Bears Gift Box Set ($40)
People are losing their minds over these champagne infused gummy bears. Add them as a surprise guest to your morning spread. Brace for Instagram impact.
Even in its most rudimentary form (the frozen Ego) the waffle triumphs as a delicious dish that's impossible to get wrong. This easy lemon-blueberry waffle recipe is both vegan and gluten-free. If you're not quite ready to master your black belt in home brunching, go-to staples provide the perfect fallback. Nobody's mad at a waffle.
Nordic Ware Silver Dollar Waffle Pan ($30)
Ideal for kids (or if you want to eat a dozen waffles in one sitting), this silver-dollar waffle griddle serves up the perfect petite plate.
King Arthur Flour Liege Waffle Mix ($13)
To cut down on production time, go for a high-end waffle mix. It doesn't get any simpler than just add water.
Crown Maple Syrup Grade A Medium Amber Syrup ($22)
Splurge on the syrup. A well-cultivated batch will add rich flavor to your dish, even if the prep time was near instantaneous.
Suite One Studio Mimira Canape Plate ($12)
You eat with your eyes first. Thoughtful place settings will make the food itself taste all the more luxurious. We're pretty sure it's science.
Have a restaurant that's deserves the epic brunch line? Tell us where you're dining that's worth the wait!
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