Mimosas and brunches: a match made in heavenMimosas go together with brunch just like peanut butter and jelly are the perfect pair. They go together so well that brunch spots sometimes offer bottomless mimosas or even serve the first one for free. The fruitful tradition of the mimosa started nearly 100 years ago. Historians and cocktail connoisseurs credit London’s Buck’s Club with the original creation of Buck’s Fizz (champagne orange juice, heavier on the first ingredient). But, the traditional mimosa that many of us know and love today (equal sparking wine and orange juice) is believed to have been invented by a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925 and popularized by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1940s. While the true genius should be appreciated, many variations have been developed since its inception, including prosecco for mimosas. Let’s look at some of the most popular variations of this classic cocktail that grace brunch tables with their presence each weekend.
Top Mimosa Recipes for 2019 Brunch Season
Sherbet MimosaWhen the temperature starts to rise, this mimosa is a must! The chilly sherbet and flavored vodka will help you beat the heat this summer.
- 4 small scoops of your favorite fruit sherbet
- 1 tablespoon of fruit (Clementine is suggested) vodka
- Fill up with prosecco or champagne and garnish with fresh fruit
Strawberry Grapefruit MimosaInfused strawberries and fresh thyme create a unique flavor combination in the grapefruit juice. The ideal blend of sweet and tart, this mimosa will have you reaching for a refill.
- Thinly sliced strawberries (soaked in grapefruit juice for a few hours)
- 4oz grapefruit juice
- 4oz of prosecco or champagne
- Add some fresh thyme and a juicy strawberry for edible garnish
Lavender Orange MimosaThis perfectly paired combination is unexpected but truly delicious. The lavender adds a subtle, distinct taste that will leave your guests asking you for the recipe!
- ½oz of lavender syrup
- 4oz of orange juice
- 4oz of prosecco or champagne
- Garnish with an orange slice and sprig of lavender if you so choose
Lychee Rose MimosaThis beautiful mimosa is the perfect cocktail for celebrating something special with friends, family, or that special someone. If you’re looking for that next date night cocktail or Valentine’s Day dinner drink, give this one a try!
- 1.5oz of lychee syrup
- 1oz of rosewater
- Top off with prosecco or champagne
- Garnish with a few lychees
Pomegranate MimosaThis refreshingly simple mixture provides sweetness and tartness with the occasional pomegranate seed for an extra crunch.
- 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds
- A sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1.5-2oz of pomegranate juice
- Top off with champagne or prosecco
Mimosa MojitoTwo very popular cocktails have finally been combined into one amazing brunch drink. This fun spin on two classic drinks will have you sipping all summer long but be careful, this one is strong!
- 1.5oz lime juice
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2oz white rum
- 2oz orange juice
- 1/2oz simple syrup
- 2oz prosecco or champagne
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle lime juice/mint/sugar. Add rum, orange juice, and simple syrup, and shake. Pour into highball glass and top off with prosecco or champagne.