We hosted our dinner club for a Sunday brunch instead of the usual dinner extravaganza. Of course, we needed a lovely cocktail to go with our coffee and tea, so I made Mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice, sparkly champagne and an optional shot of Grand Marnier.
The Classic Brunch Cocktail
The mixture of orange juice and champagne has been served for celebratory breakfasts and brunches for eons. Though you don’t need top of the line champagne, you do need a terrific orange juice. Have you ever made freshly squeezed orange juice? Once you do, you’ll know what you’ve been missing. It is a bit of work unless you own a juicer, but it’s worth it for special occasions. If you can find a bag or two of Valencia oranges, nab them up and reserve them for juicing. And if you don’t have to drive anywhere, you want to spike your mimosa with a tablespoon of Grand Marnier, or your favorite orange liqueur. Totally blissful.
Just 2 or 3 quality ingredients mix together for a stellar cocktail. How simple is that? Reserve an orange to slice and garnish your glasses. Using the best of the best AND presentation is key! Cheers!
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice, I recommend Valencia oranges
- 4 ounces champagne, chilled, does not need to be a high-end brand
- ½ ounce Grand Marnier, optional
- Fill glass ¼-1/3 of the way with freshly squeezed orange juice. Add champagne almost to the top of the glass, leaving room for the optional Grand Marnier.
- Add one tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each glass if desired.