Delightful and celebratory brunch drink! What can be better than a Mimosa?
When was the last time you had one?
Is it your Saturday indulgence? Or are you one of those people who only get to enjoy one when you are invited to a morning wedding or a bridal shower?
Since I have been pregnant most of this year, I didn’t get a chance to make one or even serve one to guests at my house this year. However, there was a beautiful mimosa bar at one of my baby showers, so I will not lie. I got to have a sip!
I love mimosas! They remind me of trips to the cabin, snowboarding getaways, brunches, showers, and other memorable events!
I remember visiting Charleston, SC with my friend a couple of years ago and exploring the beauty of the South, their culture, their buttery accent, fabulous hospitality and of course, their sea food! People just kept calling me Sugar and “blessing my heart”! I was in heaven!
One of the stops we made on King Street on our first day was at Anthropologie! I love seeing how some of my favorite shops display their product and offer customer service in different parts of the country!
Guess what we were welcomed and greeted with? Mimosas! Staff was gathered together; eager and excited – having a customer appreciation Saturday! It was the best welcome ever!!! I truly felt appreciated!
After my now husband proposed last fall, I scheduled several appointments at local bridal shops with my bridesmaids. One of them was Grace Loves Lace. I loved their style and they had just opened their first location in North Loop!
When we arrived for our appointment the hostess greeted us all with pink rose mimosas! The glasses were beautifully garnished with flowers! It felt festive and we had an unforgettable experience saying yes to that one and only dress!
Either it’s your brunch with the girls, housewarming party or a bridal shower – mimosa will elevate any event!
I love that you can be creative when it comes to this fun drink! Make them seasonal or make them match your theme party! With Christmas rapidly approaching, we might get interested in some red cocktails and that’s where pomegranate mimosa comes in very handy or if you still have some cider in your fridge, it’s not too late to go for apple cider mimosa.
Since there are only a few ingredients required to make mimosa cocktails, in some cases just two. Let’s make sure that we are shooting for good quality! In order to make mimosas, you will need:
- Sparkling wine (preferably dry)
- Orange Juice
- Optional extras could be Grand Marnier, Chambord, and even Whiskey.
Use freshly squeezed orange juice if you can. You can taste the difference right away!
Your best bet is to look for Spanish Cava or a dry Prosecco! Both are great options.
We all know that the classic mimosa recipe calls for equal parts sparkling wine to orange juice. I would argue, that it’s a great ratio, however, when you have a big party coming over, you end up holding back on your Cava or Prosecco. Some people get very generous and increase the amount of wine per pitcher. It’s all personal preference.
Please, remember, when making a mimosa, start with sparkling wine first and top it with orange juice. This technique will allow your cocktail to mix on its own, your serving glasses will remain clean and presentable, and you will avoid physical stirring which leads to your wine’s flatness.
Make and serve mimosas in a pitcher just minutes before your guests arrive. If you enjoy doing things in advance, this will be a hard one for you and needs to be left until the last minute if you want to maintain carbonation.
Creative Mimosa options:
The combination of orange juice and sparkling wine is something you are very familiar with and it’s great, but did you know that you can be creative with your mimosas? Here is what you could do:
- Add a splash of pineapple, cherry or pomegranate juice.
- Substitute the orange juice with blood orange, apple cider or grapefruit juice.
- Add chopped fresh fruit like blackberries, strawberries, and orange slices.
Classic Mimosa Recipe:
1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine
3 cups (750 ml) orange juice (freshly squeezed if available)
1/2 cup (120 ml) Grand Marnier, optional
- 1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine
- 3 cups (750 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) Grand Marnier, optional
1. Fill 6 champagne flutes half full with your choice of sparkling wine.
2. Top with orange juice.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each glass.
4. Add sliced strawberries, blackberries or garnish with orange slices.
Remember, when making a mimosa, always start with sparkling wine first and top it with orange juice.