The definition of a mimosa is usually an orange juice base with champagne added to it. Some definitions also include the use of any other citrus fruit as the juice base. A popular citrus fruit juice for breakfast is grapefruit. While not my favorite fruit juice, I think that dressing it up with some other flavors would make a grapefruit mimosa an interesting alternative for brunches. I also know that many people like it a great deal, so they may prefer these versions. What say you?
Traditional Grapefruit Mimosa – So, to create a traditional grapefruit mimosa, you would merely need to put together grapefruit juice and champagne in your favorite ratio. Some people may like it better half-and-half. I would prefer to do about ¾ champagne and ¼ grapefruit juice. I would even probably prefer to use a sweeter champagne over a drier champagne, because of the tartness of grapefruit juice. I think that would appeal more to my palate.
Red Grapefruit and Basil Mimosa – As I said, grapefruit juice is definitely not my favorite, but in a pinch I can handle red grapefruit. What attracted me to this recipe by Jo Cooks is that it also includes basil. I never would have thought of including that in a beverage! She also includes a secret ingredient for added flavor and has an alternative herb recommendation. This one will be interesting to try!
Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa – Bakeaholic Mama uses ruby red grapefruit juice with a rose sparkling wine and sage to complement the citrus flavor.
Grapefruit and Pomegranate Mimosa – Oh, how I love the pomegranate mimosa. I think that the flavor would help to balance out the tartness of the grapefruit in this version from Annette Joseph Style. My favorite brunch location has both of these flavors together, so I am sure it would a breeze to put the two juices together for me.
Grapefruit Mimosa with Raspberries and Mint – Damn Delicious takes a traditional grapefruit mimosa and dresses it up with the optional garnishes of raspberries and mint. I think raspberries would make it absolutely delicious. She also recommends using freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, which really would make all of the difference. Smarty Had a Party uses organic, edible flowers, such as dianthus (make sure they haven’t been sprayed with pesticide) for a garnish, instead of raspberries, and muddles mint in the bottom of the glass before adding the liquids.
Strawberry Grapefruit Mimosa – In keeping with the berries idea, Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch uses strawberries blended with the grapefruit juice, which with a touch of sugar would help to make this a bit sweeter, like I would like it. She also uses a pink moscato champagne, and my favorite, some tequila! A Beautiful Mess has a simpler version that is just grapefruit juice, strawberries, and champagne, but she adds a bit of thyme.
Grapefruit Cooler – The Daily Meal recommends adding a little bit of Lillet Blanc to a traditional grapefruit mimosa, based on a drink found at a restaurant in Seattle.
Sea Breeze Mimosa – This grapefruit mimosa I found on MyRecipes.com mixes cranberry juice with the grapefruit juice, making it like a traditional Sea Breeze cocktail. A Fabulous Fete makes a lighter version that mixes ginger ale and Prosecco with the grapefruit and cranberry juices.
Carrot Ginger Grapefruit Mimosa – Rue Daily has the perfect mimosa idea for Easter and other spring gatherings. This version also uses carrot juice and an easy ginger syrup that you can make at home.
Grapefruit-Elderflower Sparkler – This unique offering found on Pop Sugar uses grapefruit juice as the base, then adds a bit of elderflower liqueur to give it a floral flavor. Kira Semple takes this a step further, mixing equal parts St. Germain (elderflower) and grapefruit juice, then topping it off with sparkling wine and sprigs of lavender.
Honey Grapefruit Prosecco Mimosa – Rhubarbarians pours Prosecco over grapefruit juice that has been mixed with honey.
Mango Grapefruit Mimosa – Puree some mango in a food processor and then squeeze fresh grapefruits and top with champagne for this sweet and fruity version from Pop Sugar.
Roasted Vanilla Grapefruit Mimosa – At the Kitchy Kitchen, they scrape vanilla bean and mix with sugar to sprinkle over grapefruits, which are then broiled prior to juicing and adding the champagne. The sweet vanilla flavor would balance that tart grapefruit. It seems like a lot of effort, but worth it for a special occasion!
Sunrise over the Fjord – Food 52 makes a simple brown sugar syrup to sweeten the grapefruit juice and then shakes it with aquavit (Scandinavian liquor) prior to adding the champagne.
IPA Mimosa – And now for something really different. Self Proclaimed Foodie chooses to use an ice cold IPA in lieu of the champagne for a mimosa-inspired cocktail! Grapefruit IPA is one of the few kinds I will actually drink, so this would definitely work. Salt and Wind uses any wheat beer to do the same thing.
Want more mimosa ideas? Also check out my 20 Variations on Orange Juice Mimosas collection.
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