Who doesn’t like drinking? Definitely not me. But I also don’t like waking up the morning after a night of drinking feeling like a hippopotamus. So below are some slightly lower-calorie options that you can indulge in at the bar.

1. On the rocks: If I were able to stomach the taste of straight liquor (all I want to be is Don Draper), I would be ordering this at the bar every time (although, really, what’s the difference between a couple of cubes in a cup and a 1.5oz glass). Ordering your favorite liquor on the rocks is probably the best calorie-conscious option you can take, not to mention, the easiest to get you drunk. Win-win, right? Just kidding. I’m not an alcoholic. There is no better way to truly appreciate the fine taste of the liquor you’re drinking than by drinking it on the rocks. Typical on-the-rocks caloric content: less than 100 calories.

2. Vodka Soda: Because you need something else to drink when you can’t order a Bloody Mary. A vodka soda is a great low-calorie option at the bar because soda water has zero calories, so you’re only getting the vodka calories. Drop in a lime for some flavor, or, if you’re looking for a sweeter option, try a vodka tonic. Typical caloric count: 65-70 calories for a vodka soda and 100 calories for a vodka tonic.

3. Mimosa: That drink you accidentally order instead of a Bloody Mary at brunch. Everyone knows the mimosa: champagne and orange juice in a nice little flute glass. It’s a tasty companion to your omelet in the morning, and not only do you get the bubbly satisfaction of champagne, but you also get a dose of Vitamin C from the orange juice! Typical caloric content: 75-120 per glass depending on champagne-to-orange-juice ratio.

4. Bloody Mary: If you can’t tell, I really like Bloody Marys, also known as the greatest drink ever created. This is your classic 11a.m.- 5p.m. drink. Not to mention, it is also the best hangover cure. A typical Bloody Mary consists of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, a stick of celery and lots of spice. Do not let the tomato juice deter you from this beauty; it is what provides you with lycopenes, an antioxidant found in tomatoes that helps reduce the risk of cancer. Not that you ever needed a reason to make yourself a Bloody Mary, or order one at a bar, but now you have one. If you can take the heat, order it extra spicy. Nothing beats a Bloody Mary that packs a good punch. And don’t forget to eat the celery! Typical caloric count: 125 and up depending on your glass size and how stiff you like it.

5. Guinness: The good ol’ black Irish lager has been shown in some studies to help reduce the risk of blood clotting and heart disease, and has about 125 calories in 12oz. Or you can opt for the light beer. Nothing beats the taste of an ice cold beer, but, as we all know, and have seen by our slowly developing bellies, drinking large quantities of beer is not exactly advantageous for your health. The easy answer is to swap out your normal choice of beer for a lower-calorie, light beer option, such as Budweiser Select, Busch Light, Michelob Ultra, etc. Be wary, though! Most light beers have lower alcohol content (no one wants that), so your caloric intake could end up being the same as if you had ordered a regular (and better-tasting) beer. Typical caloric count: 55-100 for light beers. Most craft beers: 120-150.

6. Wine: Not only is this a classy drink to order at dinner or a bar, but it is also a drink that is beneficial to your health. Many wines are rich in antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, which promote cardiovascular health. Red wines are typically are higher in polyphenols than white wines are, although some studies have shown that white wine can also promote healthy lungs. So remember, a glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away. Typical caloric count: 120 for a 5oz glass.

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Last week we featured the Top 5 Cocktails That Will Make You Fat, so it’s only fair to follow it up with what you may want to drink instead.

Let’s be frank: if you’re trying to lose weight, you should probably stop drinking altogether; but if you’re merely trying not to gain weight while maintaining your ever-important socialite status, these five cocktails will facilitate your drunken good time while keeping those empty calories to a minimum.

5. Mimosa
Surely all you brunch fiends are relieved to see this one on the list. Most champagnes have a lower calorie count than liquors, and orange juice isn’t bad either (provided it’s 100% juice), so an 8-ounce Mimosa will only set you back about 150 calories.

4. Bloody Mary This one is kind of surprising since one Bloody Mary tends to feel like a whole meal, but if you order a modestly-sized version (about 6 ounces served in a collins glass), you’re only looking at about 140 calories. This is due in part to the lower sugar content in tomato juice versus the usual sweet fruit juices, but it’s still packed with sodium so don’t overdo it.

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3. Rum and Diet
It’s really quite simple: liquor has a set number of calories per ounce/shot/bottle/etc. so your mixer is the variable. One shot (1.5 ounces) of rum contains roughly 100 calories, so that’s your bare minimum. The lowest-calorie rum cocktail possible would therefore be with a zero calorie mixer like Diet Coke to keep your 5-ounce beverage sitting pretty at 100 calories.

2. Vodka Soda
Same story as the rum cocktail. Vodka also has about 100 calories per 1.5-ounce shot, but it has the added benefit of mixing better with plain old soda water, which is much better for you than diet soda (note: please keep in mind that soda water and tonic water are not the same thing). Try ordering a strawberry, raspberry or peach-flavored Vodka Soda for a tastier low-cal option that won’t stain your dress when you spill it on the dance floor.

1. White Wine Spritzer
Most wines have less calories than liquor, and all “spritzer” really means is that it’s diluted with some type of clear carbonated beverage and a splash of lemon or lime juice. If you go the lowest calorie route by using a drier wine like chardonnay or sauvignon blanc and soda water, you can pare that spritzer down to 70 calories per 7-ounce glass.

Nutritional information was taken from WebMD and nutrientfacts.com.

Brunch – It’s the meal that comes with a Mimosa

There’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And then there’s BRUNCH, the meal that comes with a Mimosa. Sign me up for that one! I do love a good, hearty brunch! Aside from enjoying my darling breakfast at lunch time, brunch usually means good times with good friends and family.

Yesterday, we hosted our first Brunch to BBQ party. And it was a fantastic success, though we never actually fired up the grill. We started with a wonderful brunch and several Mimosas. Then, we lied around on the living room floor until we felt like we could move again, watched a bit of the World Cup and then headed outside for a few games of Polish Horseshoes. My sister whipped up a batch of margaritas and the festivities continued. Later in the day, we enjoyed dinner and then relaxed in the backyard until it was time to sleep. A great day!

Here are a few details on the brunch…

Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict

Ingredients

  • 4 English Muffins
  • 8 slices Canadian Bacon
  • 8 Eggs, Poached
  • 1 cup Hollandaise Sauce

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Toast English muffins in a toaster. Place on a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm while you assemble the other components. In a skillet over medium high heat, cook each slice of Canadian Bacon for a minute or two on each side, until it is hot and slightly browned. Place one slice on each English muffin in the oven to keep warm. Poach the eggs, according to the procedure shown here. Hold the eggs in the cold water bath while you prepare the hollandaise sauce (Recipe here). Prepare the hollandaise sauce and keep it warm above a bowl of warm water. Reheat the eggs by gently placing them in a pot of barely simmering water for about a minute. Remove the eggs and dry on a paper towel. Place one egg on each English Muffin. Top with a spoonful of hollandaise sauce. Serve immediately. Serves 4

*As a little variation, use smoked salmon in place of the Canadian Bacon. Just don’t cook the salmon or put it in the oven!

Salmon Eggs Benedict

Brunchy Beverages

Brunch and Mimosas go hand in hand. Bellinis are another brunchilicious option. Both Mimosas and Bellinis are champagne cocktails. Mimosas mix orange juice with champagne while Bellinis traditionally combine champagne with peach nectar. About 2 ounces of fruit to 4 ounces of champagne should do the trick. Substitute other fruit nectars to make your own variation. For a non-alcoholic option, use ginger ale or sparking cider instead of champagne.

Mango Bellini

Homemade Cream Cheese with Bagels

Make your own flavored cream cheese by softening cream cheese and adding your own flavors. For today’s brunch, I made scallion cream cheese by mixing in a bunch of chopped green onions and an olive cream cheese using a mix of chopped olives. Sliced Spanish olives with pimento would work great too! After you stir in your flavoring, put the cream cheese back in the refrigerator to cool before serving. A few other ideas for homemade cream cheese flavors: Smoked Salmon, Strawberry, Veggie, Blueberry, Honey-Nut, Roasted Garlic, Sun-dried Tomato, Maple, Cinnamon Apple, Cherry Almond, Spicy Pepper.

Homemade Cream Cheese

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza

My sister treated us to her breakfast pizza, which as she explains, is based off of a breakfast pizza she saw offered at a Hess gas station. Imagine my surprise! Basing a dish off of something you saw at a gas station?? I suppose food inspiration can come from anywhere! I may base my next Beef Wellington off of Hess’ food offerings. All kidding aside, this pizza is delicious. It’s easy to put together and makes a great dish for guests.

Ingredients

  • 1 Prepared Pizza Crust (my sister uses a whole wheat crust)
  • 1/2 pound Bacon
  • 1 1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar, shredded
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Allow bacon to drain. Then, crumble it into small pieces. Reserve bacon grease. Whisk the eggs together with the milk. Season with a bit of salt and pepper and then cook in a pan until scrambled. Set aside. Brush the pizza crust with a bit of the bacon grease. Sprinkle about a cup of the mozzarella cheese over the crust. Top with the scrambled eggs and bacon. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and the cheddar cheese on top. Season with a bit of pepper. Bake for about 8-10 minutes.

Breakfast Casserole

Sarah’s Breakfast Casserole

A good friend brought along a breakfast casserole, a delicious mix of eggs, cheese, bread, and sausage. She explained that ever since she enjoyed this dish at a friend’s house, it’s been her go-to breakfast recipe. It’s a great all-in-one breakfast dish that’s perfect for a crowd. My mother in law makes a similar casserole, but she uses peppers and onions too. They’re both delicious. I’ll have to get the recipes to share with you soon!

Part 1 of our day was perfect! The food, the drinks, and the company were all amazing.

Round 1 Results: Food – 0 The Gourmand Mom – 1

To be continued…

How to Make The Best Mimosa

My best tips for making mimosas! What’s better to serve at brunch than a fabulous mimosa recipe made with dry sparkling wine and orange juice? Jump to the Mimosa Recipe or watch our quick video showing you how we make them.

Watch Us Make Mimosas!

How to Make The BEST Mimosa At Home

Mimosas are a delicious combination of sparking wine and orange juice. They are simple, fun and perfect to serve company.

Mimosa Ingredients

Since there are only a few ingredients required to make mimosa cocktails, I like to make sure they are high in quality. To make mimosas, you will need:

  • Sparkling wine
  • Orange Juice
  • Optional extras like vodka, Grand Marnier, Chambord, and even whiskey

How to Choose Sparkling Wine For Mimosas

I like to use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. Use wine that you like the taste of. You don’t need to break the bank, though. We spend $12 to $15 on the sparkling wine we add to our mimosas.

Your best bet is to look for “Cava,” which comes from Spain or an American sparkling wine that’s around $15. A dry Prosecco is a great option, too. Unless you’ve found something you absolutely love, don’t go lower than $10 as that could lead to headache central.

For The Best Mimosa, Use Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

If you can swing it, use freshly squeezed orange juice. We know it seems a little over the top, but when you consider half of the drink is made from juice, you want the best.

Freshly squeezed orange juice tastes more fresh, lighter, a bit tart and more delicate than anything you can find in the store. With that said, when we’re in a pinch, we’ll use the “Simply” brand of orange juice.

The Perfect Ratio For Mimosas

A classic mimosa recipe calls for equal parts sparkling wine to orange juice. While we think this ratio tastes the best, if we’re serving a crowd for brunch, we do hold back the wine a little. You can obviously increase the wine, too. Just remember these will pack more of a punch.

When you’re making a mimosa, always add the sparkling wine first, then top with orange juice. This way, the cocktail mixes together on its own and won’t make a sticky mess at the top of the glass. You don’t need to stir as this will cause the wine to become flat.

Making Mimosas For A Crowd

Since sharing how we make mimosas, many of our readers have asked how to make mimosas for a crowd. You can make mimosas in a pitcher. Premix mimosas in a pitcher just before your guests arrive. Don’t do this too far in advance, because you will lose some carbonation.

Whether you premix or make the mimosas one by one, make sure the wine and orange juice are well chilled. Keep the wine, orange juice, and if you added them to a pitcher, the pitcher in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.

Mimosa Variations

The combination of orange juice and sparking wine is amazing, but did you know that there are lots of variations for mimosas? Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Add a splash of cranberry, pineapple or pomegranate juice.
  • Replace some of the orange juice with blood orange or grapefruit juice.
  • Add a tablespoon of peach or strawberry puree to the bottom of each champagne flute.
  • Add chopped fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries and orange slices.
  • Add a tablespoon of liqueur like Grand Marnier or Chambord (for a French inspired mimosa).

More Easy Cocktail Recipes

  • How to Make Our Favorite Red Sangria — You will love this classic sangria made with dry red wine, seasonal fruits, and brandy (optional).
  • St. Germain and Champagne — Another simple, yet show stopping sparkling wine cocktail.
  • Lemon Drop Martinis — We make lemon drops from scratch. Watch our video to see how.
  • Champagne Cosmopolitan Cocktails — these combine the classic comso cocktail and sparkling wine.
  • How to make a Perfect Kir Royale Cocktail with champagne and Crème de Cassis.

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

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Mimosas are perfect for brunch, birthdays, holidays, and weddings. For the best mimosa, use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. We usually will spend $12 to $15 on the sparkling wine we add to our mimosas. Your best bet is to look for “Cava,” which comes from Spain or an American sparkling wine that’s around $15. A dry Prosecco is a great option, too.

Make 8 Servings

You Will Need

1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine

3 cups (750 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)

1/2 cup (120 ml) Grand Marnier, optional

Directions

    Fill 8 champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine. Top with orange juice. If you are using it, add 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each glass.

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • To make 1 mimosa cocktail: In a champagne flute, combine 1/3 cup chilled sparkling wine, 1/3 cup chilled orange juice and 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or triple sec.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 156 / Protein 1 g / Carbohydrate 15 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 9 g / Total Fat 0 g / Saturated Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 g AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

These tips for setting up your own DIY mimosa bar make it easy for the hostess to relax as guests help themselves at your weekend brunch, wedding, bridal shower, or other reason to celebrate.

Unlike cocktail party martinis or game-day beer busts, mimosa brunches aren’t intended to get anyone hammered or be the stepping stone to the dance floor and get the party started. Instead, they’re for those of us who appreciate a barely buzzed, lazy day, bubbly champagne sipper.

I recently hosted my niece’s bridal shower and like any good hostess, my first goal of the party was to keep things easy on myself. I set up a DIY bagel brunch bar with a few salads and desserts so the guests could help themselves.

For drinks, I thought abut setting up another on of my famous DIY Bloody Mary Bars, but feeling the need for something more refined, I made a DIY mimosa bar with all the makings for the perfect mimosa recipe instead.

Stocked with plenty of chilled and bubbly sparkling wine, fresh juices, and fun fruits to add to the champagne flutes, a DIY mimosa bar for baby showers, Mother’s Day, Easter, or just about any excuse for a holiday is just the right recipe for adding a little fizz to the day’s festivity.

How to Set Up a Mimosa Bar

Whether they’re confident behind the bar or not, offering a do-it-yourself mimosa bar won’t intimidate any of your guests because mimosas themselves are so easy to make. Here’s what you need to know to set up yours.

Where to set up the mimosa bar. Because your guests will be helping themselves, designate a table, bar cart, or area of the countertop where guests can easily move around to access the mimosa ingredients with enough space to set down their glass, and mix. I set up my drink stations in a different area than the food to avoid a crowded cluster.

How to keep your bubbles chilled. Mimosas are best served without ice (who would want to dilute them?) so you’ll want to be sure your champagne is kept cold. Use a wine bucket and keep it replenished, or use a beverage tub like the clear one in the pic above that I picked up on last summer’s grocery store clearance rack.

How to serve the juice. Plan to have enough pitchers or carafes for the number of different juices you plan to offer. The carafes don’t need to be an exact match, but your presentation will look more put together if they’re in one or two of the same styles (glass, ceramic). I like using glass so guests can easily see what they’re pouring and for a pop of color to the table.

Here are a few of my favorite carafes for serving juice or drinks:

  • This clean-lined glass carafe is pinched in the middle to make pouring easy (it’s my favorite for using for water on the dinner table too).
  • If you’re going for the classic restaurant look this sturdy carafe is your choice.
  • Because they’re so cheap, I stocked up on three of these juice carafes that come with stoppers too (middle in the row of juices in the photo above) just to have on hand for occasions like this.

Pull out the flutes. This bar is meant to be festive so absolutely dig into the back of the closet for those champagne flutes you’ve used twice in your adult life. Or, if you don’t have a set to show off, these plastic champagne flutes will totally do the trick. Avoid the plastic flutes that come in two pieces to attach the base—they never stay on.

Plan on having one glass per person, plus a few extra on hand for guests whose accidentally were drank by someone else by mistake. #raisinghand

TIP: Separate your champagne flutes from the rest of the items table by placing on a tray. This helps corral them and also adds a little visual interest.

Small bowls are the hostess’s best friends. I collect small bowls like these not just for separating my ingredients while cooking, but exactly for entertaining opps like this. Have enough bowls that are similar in size for each additional ingredient your guests can add to their drinks. And don’t forget small serving spoons, forks, or toothpicks for stabbing.

Mimosa Bar Ingredients

There are a few simple basics to offer when making mimosas, but feel free to go off script if you have ideas of your own.

What is the best champagne to use for mimosas? While champagne is one of my favorite drinks of all time, don’t waste the expensive French stuff on mimosas. Go with a dry or semi-dry sparkling wine or sparkling wine from California, Oregon or Washingtion, a Spanish Cava, or Italian Prosecco instead. The dryer wine balances out the sweetness of the juices making mimosas more drinkable. If you really want to flaunt it and impress with champagne, choose a dry Brut.

How many glasses of mimosas per bottle. For every 750 ml bottle of sparkling wine, plan on getting 6-8 mimosas. For a party of 20 people where each guest will likely have two to three drinks, plan on 8 bottles of sparkling wine.

Offer a variety of juices for mimosas. While mimosas are traditionally made with orange juice, a mimosa bar is the time to go off script and mix and match for new, fun, flavors.

Set out place cards or label your juice decanters so guests know which is which.

Here’s a few juice ideas for mimosas to consider:

  • orange juice (have 2x the amount of orange juice on hand than the other juices)
  • peach nectar or pureé
  • mango juice
  • cranberry juice cocktail
  • watermelon juice
  • pomegranate juice
  • pineapple juice
  • strawberry purée

Add the add-ins. Adding a few berries to the mimosas adds another reason to cheers. Fill small bowls or ramekins with these ideas for guests to drop into their drinks:

  • pomegranate seeds
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • fresh herbs like mint, basil, rosemary sprigs
  • orange slices
  • pineapple wedges
  • kiwi rounds

For even more details on this boozy beverage, see my recipe for how to make the perfect mimosa.

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram with #foodiecrusheats.

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How to Set Up a DIY Mimosa Bar

Set up your mimosa bar in an area away from the food so there’s less congestion or waiting in line.

Course Drinks Cuisine French Keyword mimosa Prep Time 15 minutes Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 750 ml bottle of sparkling wine, Cava or Prosecco (makes about 8 mimosas)
  • variety of juices such as orange juice, pomegranate juice, peach nectar, mango juice, etc.
  • fresh fruits like raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds
  • fresh herbs like mint, basil, rosemary sprigs

Instructions

  1. Chill the sparkling wine for at least 3 hours before serving. Set out in a beverage tub filled with ice.

  2. Arrange juices and fresh fruits on the table along with champagne flutes.

  3. Add 1 part juice to 2 parts sparkling wine to flute. Garnish with fruit or herbs as desired. Refill as needed :). Cheers!

More Champagne Drinks to Say Cheers To

  • How to Make the Perfect Mimosa
  • Bubbly Champagne Punch
  • Champagne Mojitos
  • Bubbly French 75 Champagne Cocktail
  • Pomegranate and Orange Champagne Punch
  • A Healthier Sparkling Elderflower Fizz Cocktail

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How to make the Ultimate Mimosa Bar

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How to Make the Ultimate Mimosa Bar!

No matter what time of year it is, mimosas are always a great idea! Whether for a wedding or baby shower, celebration, or heck, even Sunday football, your brunch needs a mimosa! And we’re here to show you how to create the ultimate Mimosa Bar along with some fun ways to jazz up the average orange juice version.

As much as I’m a straight up champagne gal (and if you follow my Friday night Instagram posts you know sparkling wine is my favorite beverage in the world!), I also love a fresh fruit mimosa on a lazy weekend morning.

Most people think of brunch and mimosas as a spring thing or something for a wedding shower. But they don’t have to be! I’m on team brunch year-round, and you should be too. The fall season is a great way to use up the rest of your fresh fruit by turning it into a purée, or even indulge in a little apple cider mimosa. Whatever season it is, there are many ways to sway from that traditional orange juice mimosa. And why not make it a family friendly event and invite your friends (and the kids!) to your mimosa party?!

What you will need for your Mimosa Bar

  • Sparkling Wine (Cava or Prosecco work well)
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit, for garnish
  • Herbs, optional garnish
  • Champagne flutes
  • Pitchers or containers for the fruit juice
  • Bowls for garnishes
  • Ice bucket
  • Labels or signage for your juices
  • Decorations
  • Music (for ambiance!)

The Best Sparkling Wine for a Mimosa

First off, avoid true Champagne. While it’s my favorite, it’s also pricey (starting at around $40 per bottle) and best drunk without any fruit or puree. Want to know the difference between Champagne and sparkling wines made elsewhere? Start here.

Instead opt for something in the $10-$15 range, and look for Cava from Spain or Prosecco from Italy. The later is my go-to, as there’s a nice fruitiness to the wine that will complement the fruit in the juice.

Go for DRY! Your juices will add enough sweetness, so you don’t want to compete with that. On the label search for “BRUT” (which means dry). Avoid labels that say “extra dry” which actually means there’s residual sugar in the wine (aka sweeter). So Brut will be your best option.

How much sparkling wine or Champagne for a Mimosa?

  • You can average about 6-8 mimosas per 750 bottle of sparkling wine, depending on your ratio. I don’t like mine too sweet, so I’m more of a 2 parts sparkling to 1 part juice fan (sometimes even 3 parts bubbly to 1 part juice).
  • Others may opt for more of an equal ratio of 50/50.
  • For a party of 10, it’s safe to plan on about 3-5 bottles.
  • And for a party of 20, plan on about 6-8 bottles.
  • Any more than that plan on about 1 bottle for every 3 people. (Knowing your guests are likely going to have more than one.)

Juice ideas for your Mimosa

Well, you’ve gotta have some classic orange juice. But if you can, try to use fresh squeezed orange juice for the best and freshest flavor. If you need to buy it, go for one that contains pulp as it’s closer to fresh squeezed that way.

For other fruit juice options, go with what’s in season. Late summer mimosas are amazing with fresh peach purée (Bellini) or even watermelon. Just purée your preferred fruit and you’ve got yourself the perfect juices for your mimosa.

To make a Puree:

Take your fresh fruit, peel any outside skin and remove any cores, and mix in a blender until liquefied. This is more of a Bellini style since the fruit is puréed and thicker than store bought juice. But these are so much more delicious (in my book) than thinner store bought juices.

Aim for 4-6 different juices for variety.

Some of my favorite juices and purées for Mimosas or Bellinis:

  • Orange juice
  • Peach purée
  • Mango purée
  • Pineapple purée
  • Watermelon purée
  • Blackberry juice
  • Strawberry purée
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Apple Cider (especially fresh fall apple cider!)

Mix them up!

Encourage your guests to experiment with different combinations and garnishes.

Try a couple different flavors together (I love peach pineapple).

Add some herbs (like blackberry with a sprig of fresh mint).

Make it Family Friendly and non-alcoholic

Instead of sparkling wine use club soda (or plain La Croix). The kids go crazy for these! Let them have fun and make their own flavor combinations.

Decorate your Mimosa Bar!

  • For décor, use props that are probably already in your house! I use a coffee tray turned upside down for adding levels, flowers and lavender from the garden, and pitchers I have stored away.
  • Use small pitchers or containers for juice (I love these ones!).
  • Mix and match your flutes. You can go with a standard flute or stemless.
  • Mix and match mason jars for the garnishes.
  • Let the kids drink from mason jars too (much safer than champagne flutes).
  • Write instructions on a chalkboard.

Mimosa Bar Recipes

Recipe for a classic mimosa plus variations on the fruit options. 5 from 3 votes Prep Time: 5 minutes Servings: 6 -8 people Author: Mary Cressler | Vindulge

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of chilled dry sparkling wine (I recommend Prosecco or Cava)
  • 2-3 Cups chilled fresh juice (see recommendations above)
  • Optional garnishes
  • Fill a champagne flute halfway full with sparkling wine. Add juice to your preference. Adjust ratio to your preference (I generally opt for a 3:1 bubbly juice ratio)
  • Garnish with fresh fruit or herbs.

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Time to unwrap presents? Not without one of these light, day-drinking cocktails in hand.

While we’d never belittle the merits of a great mimosa — the juice’s acid perks up the palate while the sparkling’s bubbles calm the belly — the brunch cocktail category has expanded to include so many other bright and festive morning-ish beverages, we’d be remiss if we didn’t sip them while tearing into those holiday gifts.

Here’s hoping you — hiccup — get what you wished for.

1 Bellini

This traditional Venetian cocktail is as simple as mixing a few tablespoons of peach puree with your favorite sparkling wine. Check out how Italian culinary goddess Giada DeLaurentis transforms it into a winter bellini recipe. Hint: It involves frozen berries and a strainer, and that’s it.

2 Blood Orange Sparkler

A sparkler is just a mimosa with a different name, right? Well, this one’s special because of the bold color and flavor of hand-squeezed blood orange, which has less sugar than navel oranges, according to Nick Mautone, author of the new book, “The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails” (Workman, $13). Mautone is managing director of New York’s Rainbow Room and loves making this recipe at home with cava for a bit more “earth and funk” and a few teaspoons of vermouth.

3 Anejo Fizz

Kevin Diedrich, formerly of Jasper’s Tap Room in San Francisco, calls this feisty brunch cocktail “an iced tequila cappuccino.” It doesn’t have bubbly, but is lower in alcohol, like a mimosa or bellini, and the addition of soda still gives you that fizzy, fun, approachable vibe. And the coffee liqueur and freshly-grated nutmeg is oh-so-holiday.

4 Fa La La La La, La La La La

How much fun will you have asking guests if they’d like another? It will be a very sing-songy Christmas morning with this frothy (thanks to egg white) beauty, which uses gin and the trendy Scandinavian spirit, aquavit. The recipe, courtesy of the bartenders behind New York’s Christmas cocktail bar pop up, Miracle, also uses a homemade cardamom vanilla syrup that is beyond easy to make. They provide that recipe, too.

5 Hot Buttered Rum Batter

We’re declaring this classic apres ski warmer to be the perfect pre- and post- gift opening sipper, preferably while still wearing your jammies. Jason “Buffalo” LoGrasso of Napa’s Basalt restaurant shares the ultimate hot buttered rum batter recipe, which calls for real butter, dark rum, ice cream and a mix of baking spices. LoGrasso’s recipe suggests 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter in a warm mug with 2 ounces of hot water and 2 ounces of rum, but you can add more batter or water to taste.

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