How to Mix Mimosas

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Mimosas, with their effervescence and sweet citrus flavor, can turn any late breakfast into a full-on brunch. A classic cocktail that pairs orange juice with bubbly, mimosas can class up any get together while still adding a little whimsy to the proceedings. Traditionally, mimosas are made with Champagne. This can be costly, though, so substitute any above-average white sparkling wine. Although mimosas are deceptively simple to make, mixing them the right way transform your mimosas into champagne cocktails instead of boozy juice.

Things You'll Need

  • Champagne flutes
  • Sparkling wine
  • Orange juice
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Fill a champagne flute 1/3 full with orange juice. Fresh, from concentrate or bottled juice will do, although fresh orange juice will contribute the best overall taste and appearance.

  • Slowly fill the rest of the flute with sparkling wine. Pour the wine slowly so it doesn't bubble up and flow out of the glass.

  • Garnish with a cherry. Mimosas don't really need a garnish, but cherries add a nice bit of color to the drink. Other garnishes that go well with the cocktail are red grapes, lemon twists or thin orange slices.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a splash of orange liqueur to your mimosas for a little more flavor and a bit more potency.
  • For less potent mimosas, pour equal parts orange juice and sparkling wine or even two-thirds orange juice and one-third sparkling wine.
  • Although mimosas may taste like fizzy O.J., they actually can pack a wallop -- drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.

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