The Perfect Mimosa to Serve at Brunch

Mimosas
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It doesn't get any easier than this, the basic mimosa recipe calls for a bottle of your favorite champagne and orange juice.

A dash of each and you are in business to celebrate a wedding, Mother's day, Easter, Christmas - whatever the occasion - nothing says "fancy" brunch like a super tasty mimosa.

When it comes to picking the sparkling wine for your mimosa, Spanish Cava is a top take for bubbly. It's well-priced, generally between $12-15 and it's easy to find. Champagne represents the top tier in bubbles and will take you to $35 just to get started on a bottle; however, once you bring on the orange juice and optional triple sec, the nuanced aromatics and flavor profile will be well-masked. 

What You'll Need

  • Sparkling Wine, Cava, Prosecco or Champagne (1 bottle)
  • Orange Juice (1 carton)
  • Triple Sec (optional)

How to Make It

Fill half of a champagne flute with chilled sparkling wine or Champagne (about an ounce) and top off with chilled orange juice (again about 2 ounces), gently stir. If you'd like to add triple sec, just a splash to taste works out fine. For added flare, slice up a strawberry to decorate the rim of each flute. Enjoy!

* Also delightful over ice in a larger white wine glass.

For cocktail techies, the drink made with just OJ and sparkling wine is called a "Buck's Fizz," when you add triple sec it becomes a mimosa. However, most people think of a basic mimosa simply as OJ and a sparkling wine.