The Great and Powerful Mimosa

Mimosa

The mimosa is a favorite cocktail for brunches, weddings and other celebrations. Because of its popularity, many variations on this drink have been formed.

The mimosa is a fizz cocktail made from combining champagne and orange juice in a champagne flute. It’s served traditionally as a brunch cocktail, and is often served as part of the morning festivities before a wedding or other special occasion.

Named for the creamy, frothy look of the mimosa blossom, the Mimosa cocktail was first introduced at the Paris Ritz in 1925. There has been some controversy as to whether the drink was stolen from the Buck’s Fizz recipe, introduced in 1921 at the Buck’s Club in London. The drinks are nearly exact, except for the ratio of orange juice to champagne. Most have come to accept them as the same drink, and it is most often referred to as the Mimosa, with the exception of Britain, where it is still referred to as the Buck’s Fizz.

The Mimosa

Ingredients:

2 oz Chilled Orange Juice
3 1/2 oz Chilled Champagne

Pour the orange juice in a champagne flute. Add the champagne, being careful not to let it over flow. Do not garnish.

To make a virgin mimosa, replace the champagne with sparkling water or lemon-lime soft drink.

Variations

Grand Mimosa

Ingredients:

1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz Chilled Orange Juice
3 oz Chilled Champagne

Pour Grand Marnier into a champagne flute. Fill almost to the top with champagne and top off with fresh orange juice.

Poinsettia

Ingredients:

2 oz Chilled Cranberry Juice
3 1/2 oz Chilled Champagne

Pour the cranberry juice in a champagne flute. Add the champagne, being careful not to let it overflow.

beermosaBeermosa

Ingredients:

2 oz Chilled Orange Juice
3 1/2 oz Chilled Hefeweizen

Pour the orange juice in a champagne flute. Add the hefeweizen, being careful not to let it overflow.

Bloody Mimosa

Ingredients:

2 oz Chilled Tomato Juice
3 1/2 oz Chilled Pink Champagne

Pour the tomato juice in a champagne flute. Add the champagne, being careful not to let it overflow.

Preetmosa

Ingredients:

2 oz Chilled Pomegranate Juice
2 oz Chilled Champagne

Pour the pomegranate juice in a champagne flute. Add the champagne, being careful not to let it overflow.

BelliniBellini

Ingredients:

1 oz white peach puree (can be made fresh or purchased)
5 oz chilled Champagne

Pour the peach puree in a champagne flute. Add the champagne, being careful not to let it overflow.

Kir

Ingredients:

1/4 oz Creme de Cassis
2 1/4 oz Dry White Wine

Pour the creme de cassis into a wine glass. Slowly add the dry white wine.

While it should always go without saying, drinking responsibly is the most important part of enjoying any variation of the mimosa. Have a designated driver, or ask the bartender to call a cab or the local safe ride home program. Know your limit and be smart.

 

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