Who doesn’t love a mimosa?
Whether you’re at a baby or bridal shower, celebrating a holiday like Easter or Mother’s Day, or just making Sunday brunch at home, a mimosa is a great way to make the meal feel more festive (not to mention, they’re absolutely delicious).
Since mimosas consist of mainly two ingredients, champagne and juice, they are an easy drink to mix and match with a plethora of fruity flavors! I’m about to share with you 4 important ideas to upgrade brunch mimosas to impress even your own taste buds!
Choose a dry champagne
Pick a dry champagne that fits the flavor profile of the juice you’d like to use. A dryer champagne will help balance the sweetness of the juice (since juice is about half the ingredients) and a good mimosa does not require expensive booze. Try looking for a bottle between $12 and $15.
Use fresh juice
Quality is going to be the most important part in getting delicious tasting results. Using homemade fruit juice will make the drink taste fresher and have a lighter texture, especially if you use juice without pulp.
Mix the perfect ratio
Sometimes its easiest to use equal parts champagne and juice, but try experimenting with your mixtures to find the right flavor balance for you. For a stronger mimosa, add more champagne and cut out some of the juice (and vise versa for a fruiter tasting beverage.)
Experiment with other flavors
Traditionally, mimosas are a simple combination of champagne and orange juice. However, there’s no reason you can’t change things up! In fact, we encourage it. Orange juice is delicious, but it might be time to experiment with new flavors! The next time you’re making mimosas, we think you should serve the bubbly with options… specifically, apple juice and pear juice! Apples and pears make for delicious and refreshing juices to add to your mimosa.
Although it may seem a bit “extra,” this cocktail is even better when you make your own juice. Of course, it’s not necessary, but we can really taste the difference! We have an easy hack for you with the help of your electric pressure cooker: simply add your cored and diced fruit (no need to peel), enough water to cover, a dash of cinnamon, and let it do its thing. Once the fruit is done cooking, mash and strain through a cheesecloth, and before you know it you have fresh juice that will really impress whoever you happen to be serving.
Mix and Serve!
Apples and pears + bubbly booze are a match made in heaven. We usually associate this pairing with hard ciders (and rightly so – they’re delicious, aren’t they?) but there are so many other ways to put this combination to use. Sweet, tart juice is perfect with a dry, bubbly wine. We recommend your favorite champagne, prosecco, or brut that’s on the drier side.
You can’t really go wrong with any selection of Stemilt apples and pears, we do have some recommendations for you. For your fresh apple juice, we like our Cosmic Crisp® Apples, and for the pear juice we think a d’Anjou Pears add the perfect flavor! Try juicing other fruits like cherries, peaches, or nectarines and let us know how they turned out!
Include us in your mimosa-making ventures by leaving a comment below and let us know how you used these ideas to upgrade your brunch mimosas.