Because we are frugal, practical, and sticking with our New Year’s Resolution to “manage our money” — for all of those reasons, we’re drinking mimosas to celebrate New Year’s Day!
It’s a great way to use up any leftover champagne from the night before, a little “hair of the dog” is great for a hangover, and by the time you’re up, it’s time for brunch!
For a New Year’s Day brunch mimosa, use what you’ve got on hand. If you’re planning mimosas for a Brunch gather, follow our tips below.
Use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. Plan to spend around $12 to $15 on a sparkling wine for your mimosa. Look for “Cava,” which comes from Spain or an American sparkling wine that’s around $15. A dry Prosecco would work great, too. Unless you’ve found something you absolutely love, don’t be cheap and spend less than $10; you’re just asking for a headache.
Freshly squeezed orange juice is always going to be your best bet. Yes, there’s some work involved in that, but when you consider that half of the cocktail is juice, you want the best. Freshly squeezed OJ is a little lighter, a bit tart and more delicate than anything you can find in the store. With that said, if you’re going to buy orange juice, we recommend the “Simply” brand of orange juice, and your preference of pulp-free, low-pulp, etc, etc and all the options available to you.
Mixin’ it up
The classic mimosa calls for a 50/50 ratio. If this is going to be an all-day event, we suggest maybe more juice, less wine.
Pour the juice first and top with sparkling wine; the cocktail will mix just fine. No need to stir—you’ll kill the bubbles and make the sparkling wine flat.
Ensure that both your juice and sparkling wine are chilled. There’s nothing worse than a room temp mimosa. Keep your juice—or oranges, for fresh-squeezed juice—chilled along with your sparkling wine til you’re ready to prepare cocktails. Then back in the fridge they go.
- Champagne or Sparkling wine
- Orange juice, preferably fresh-squeezed
In a champagne flute fill half with chilled OJ. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Serve immediately.
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