3 Spring mimosas that will up your brunch game

Apr 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. ET

I know I am in good hands at brunch when I see a chilled bottle of Champagne submerged in an ice bucket and a selection of fruit juices beside it.

A buffet breakfast with a little corner for this morning cocktail makes eating a great deal more special. I would normally pour myself a classic mimosa with freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 part each, but other combinations are just as delicious.

Mixing Champagne (or other sparkling wines) with fruit juices always makes for a pleasant experience, and with this in mind, I like experimenting with different fruits to mix together and discover new flavors. I would like to share with you three of my favorite mixtures that are perfect for spring.

1. Blood orange mimosa with balsamic glaze recipe

Blood orange and balsamic vinegar mimosa

With the classic version still in my mind, using blood oranges gives this mimosa an incredible vermilion color with an added touch of balsamic vinegar. It's a must-try for classic mimosa lovers.

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces chilled, freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic glaze (or 3/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar and 3/4 teaspoon honey)
  • 3 ounces chilled Champagne (or other sparkling wine)

Directions:

  1. Into the Champagne flute, pour the orange juice and balsamic glaze, and stir. If you are using balsamic vinegar, then add the balsamic vinegar and the honey, and stir.
  2. Pour the Champagne on top of the juice, and serve immediately.

2. Elderflower mimosa with raspberries and basil recipe

Ederflower mimosa with raspberries and basil

This drink is delicately floral and just refreshing. The elderflower syrup gives a delicious base to this mimosa, and the raspberries and basil give it a surprising touch.

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce chilled elderflower syrup
  • 1 fresh basil leaf
  • 5 chilled raspberries
  • 3-4 ounces chilled Champagne (or other sparkling wine)

Directions:

  1. Into the Champagne flute, pour the elderflower syrup.
  2. Add the basil, and lightly crush it with a teaspoon.
  3. Add the raspberries, and then pour in the Champagne.
  4. Serve immediately.

3. Tropical passion fruit and lychee mimosa recipe

Passionfruit & Lychee mimosa

Champagne flavored with passion fruit and lychee juices gives a different edge to this mimosa.

Serves 1

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces chilled Champagne
  • 2 ounces chilled passion fruit juice
  • 1 ounce chilled lychee juice

Directions:

  1. Pour the passion fruit and lychee juices into the Champagne flute.
  2. Pour the Champagne on top, and serve immediately.

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