There are few things that compliment a hearty brunch or morning after a night of heavy drinking than the refreshing mimosa. Mimosas offer a much needed burst of vitamin c and a sparkling reviving drink that will help you wake up and enjoy your meal. Some may think the simplicity of adding a splash of orange juice to a flute of champagne, and for you I have a special recipe that brings this classic to a new level. The perfect mimosas, with a new spark of heightened flavors and the same revitalizing effects.
The Perfect Mimosa
- 1 oz Grand Marnier (or other orange liquor)
- 4 oz Champagne or other sparkling wine
- 2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Pour the orange liqueur and bitters into a shaker with a little ice, then squeeze in the fresh orange juice. Gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Strain into a champagne flute and top off with the champagne. If you care a little bit less about a perfect cohesion of the different ingredients, you can also prepare this cocktail directly in the flute. Like the champagne, the orange liqueur used is a matter of taste and budget. It will add not only a bit more kick, but also a lot of flavor to the drink. Because of this, Grand Marnier is often chosen for its unique blend of flavors in addition to the orange base. I am personally a huge fan of Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, which can be found as cheap as $18/fifth despite its $40MSRP. The Solerno is superb, especially if combined with fresh blood orange juice in the mimosa itself. It is also less well known than Grand Marnier and offers a lovely twist on the classic orange liqueur.
Mimosas have been around for a while. The origin of the mimosa is a subject of some speculation, but it is likely that it was invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in around 1925. British sources maintain that they were the first to invent a version of the drink, the Buck’s Fizz, which was then stolen by a french bartender and renamed the Mimosa, after the flower with a bright orange-yellow blossom native to southern Mexico and Central and South America. No matter which version of story as in fact true, the important part is that if you are in the US, you should order a mimosa. And if in Britain, you want to order a Buck’s Fizz to accompany your weekend brunches.
Total cost per drink? ~$1.86