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Fresh Squeezed Mimosa

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Using fresh-squeezed orange juice is the only way to make a mimosa.

Mimosas are the drink of choice for an Easter brunch or special occasion daytime party. Traditionally made with orange juice and champagne, this drink is a refreshing and sweet libation for before-noon drinking. If you have an orange tree in your yard, you can make top-quality fresh mimosas at a moment's notice.


Mimosas are the drink of choice for an Easter brunch or special occasion daytime party. Traditionally made with orange juice and champagne, this drink is a refreshing and sweet libation for before-noon drinking. If you have an orange tree in your yard, you can make top-quality fresh mimosas at a moment's notice.

Fresh oranges will provide about 1/2 cup of juice per orange. Cut fresh-picked oranges in half and use a juicer to extract their juice. Fresh orange juice tastes sweeter and has a thinner consistency than it's store-shelve counterparts because there are no preservatives. For this reason, use what you squeeze as soon as possible. Fresh orange juice does not keep well. Extra juice will last in the refrigerator for a couple days, but no longer.

The generally accepted recipe for mimosas calls for equal parts champagne and OJ, but you can add more of either depending on how strong you like your mimosa.  Making your own OJ will save you a few dollars that you can invest in a higher-quality champagne or sparkling wine.

If champagne mimosas aren't your taste, use your fresh-squeezed orange juice with vodka for another breakfast cocktail---the screwdriver.

 
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