20 Variations on Orange Juice Mimosas

 

My favorite part about Sundays has quickly become having my orange juice mimosas at my weekly brunch down at the neighborhood bar and grill. They are so refreshing and tasty. Plus they’re somewhat healthy with all of the Vitamin C, right?

I had never thought about there being variations on the traditional mimosa, but after sampling some other variations recently, I decided to look. Sure enough, I found a number of fantastic variations that I am eager to try. Maybe you would like to use a cousin of the regular orange. Perhaps you enjoy the taste of your orange juice mixed with another fruit juice or a splash of syrup for flavor. Some of these even use different kinds of liquor for an added kick.

So, here are some variations on traditional orange juice mimosas. Which ones would you like to try?

Tangerine Mimosas – The tangerine is the sweet and tasty cousin of the orange, so of course it would make for a lovely adult beverage treat. Baker By Nature has this yummy version that includes an extra kick with some vodka!

Mandarin Mimosa – Also related are mandarin oranges. They have always been one of my favorite snacks. Laylita’s Recipes relives her childhood in Ecuador by juicing mandarin oranges for her mimosa. This would be so sweet and refreshing!

Bleeding Mimosa – Somehow this drink from Domestic Fits makes me think of Dexter. It’s the whole blood orange thing and the fact that I just binge watched the entire series again on Netflix. I think even he would approve of these. I love the ingenuity of freezing the orange juice and letting it melt into the champagne, giving it that bleeding appearance. This would also be great for Halloween!

Lemonade Mimosa with Blood Orange – This version from Sugar and Charm may use lemonade as the base, but then adds blood orange juice for a mix of sweet and sour before adding the champagne kick.

Blushing Mimosas – Pineapple and orange juice mixed together is a sweet treat that I love in the morning. My Recipes has the two paired up with a splash of grenadine for a sweet and beautiful cocktail.

Lazy Sunday Mimosa – Food Network uses half blood orange juice and half pineapple juice as the base for their version, also recommending a bit of Grand Marnier for added flavor.

Strawberry Pineapple Mimosas – Damn Delicious creates my favorite mix of orange juice and pineapple juice in this mimosa and then garnishes with thinly sliced strawberries.

Sunset Mimosa – A Cup Full of Sass takes a traditional mimosa and gives it a colored flair with a splash of raspberry syrup. That sounds absolutely lovely!

Cranberry Orange Mimosa – Recipe Runner gives a traditional mimosa a hint of flavor by adding a splash of simple cranberry syrup. This is perfect for those who like the taste of cranberries, but don’t like all of the sweetness of the juice.

Mimosa Sangria – Mimosas and sangria are two classic beverages for get-togethers. Sprinkled With Jules found a way to put the two together. You have to do some preparation ahead of time, by way of a few hours or overnight. But it’s totally worth it.

Mimosa Punch – This is somewhat similar to the sangria recipe, only you prep in advance with some Grand Marnier. Serve it the next day with the champagne and you are good to go. Thank you, Susie Homemaker, MD for the idea!

Orange-Peach Mimosa Slushies – Climbing Grier Mountain brings a summery feel to the classic morning treat by blending orange and peach slices to thicken the icy orange juice mixture and to cool off.

Frozen Cranberry-Orange Mimosa – Crunchy Creamy Sweet also likes to freeze her juice ahead of time. She freezes cranberry juice and orange juice separately and then blends them into a slushie. Keep them separate for a layered look or blend the all together before adding the champagne. Recipe Girl does something similar, just not frozen juices.

Mulled Orange Mimosa – We traditionally think of mimosas as being a nice chilled brunch treat. But what better on a cold winter morning than a hot beverage? All She Cooks came up with this simple and tasty hot version that you can make in a crock pot.

Mimosa Margaritas – Blending the best of both worlds, Tablespoon takes the idea of a mimosa and turns it into a margarita. It reminds me more of a tequila sunrise. The Blond Cook actually does do half mimosa and half tequila sunrise in her Tequila Sunrise Mimosa. Both of these sounds fantastic, as I love my tequila!

Kentucky Mimosas – Forget the champagne! Use club soda to make these drinks fizzy and bourbon for a kick. The Bitten Word teaches you how to cook a sugar and sage syrup for added flavor.

Mimosa Moon – Hampton Roads Happy Hour brings new color to this breakfast treat by adding Blue Curaco to a traditional mimosa.

Amaretto Mimosa  I think Mommy of a Monster is my new hero for introducing us to adding a shot of amaretto to a traditional mimosa. She even mentions in her post something about almond champagne. Where is this loveliness hiding? This one is at the top of my list to try.

National Margarita Day: Best margaritas in Rochester, NY

February 22nd is one of my favorite holidays. How can you go wrong with National Margarita Day? I have fond memories of bonding with friends over margaritas in Rochester, NY. When I was working nights as a hostess at Outback, my friend and I would often head across the street after we closed, to drink margaritas and play games with the boys. When friends come to town, we often seek out one of the fantastic local Mexican restaurants for fantastic food and, of course, margaritas. My birthday usually includes consumption of this titillating tequila beverage, as well, the bigger the better. Here is a picture of me at El Jimador in Farmington, New York a few years ago. They have the biggest margaritas I have ever seen!

birthday margarita

Don’t worry, I don’t drive when I’m consuming these. 🙂

We have a ton of great Mexican restaurants with great margaritas in Rochester, NY and surrounding areas. My favorite for their food is Monte Alban Mexican Grill. With three locations, I am never far from one. I have been known to nibble on their amazing food while drinking margaritas and reading books by my favorite authors. In fact, if you pay attention to books by Tawdra Kandle, you just may find a character named Andrea who loves to serve margaritas.

monte alban margarita reading

We have other places with great margaritas. The ones at Maria’s Mexican in Webster, NY are so strong that they only allow each customer to have two. I have decided that my favorites are at Itacate in Penfield, NY. They are best enjoyed during Happy Hour, for a mere $3 apiece, while grazing on the buffet, hanging out with friends, and getting ready to listen to your friends’ band perform for the evening. We tend to enjoy a lot of them. The highlight of the evening is always when the boys play “Tequila” and we all sing along.

itacate margaritas

What is it that I like the best about the margaritas in these last two places? They don’t use sour mix. I am one of those people who has always loved the taste of tequila. I find that sour mix detracts from the tequila taste. Every once in a while, I find that the mix has a bit of a soapy taste to it. If I ever buy those premade margaritas, like the ones by Jose Cuervo and Chi-Chi’s, I usually end up adding a lot more tequila to them for that true tequila flavor that I crave.

I know there are a lot of other places to get margaritas in Rochester, NY, but these are the ones I frequent the most. Where do you like to get margaritas where you live? What makes them so good?

I love mimosas

Free Mimosa with each breakfast

Oh, those words “Complimentary Mimosa” just make my heart sing. Mimosas are my favorite part about Sundays. My neighborhood bar and grill started up a Sunday brunch early in 2016, and one of the gimmicks is one free mimosa with every breakfast, starting at noon.

They are not anything that I make at home. I only find them every once in a while. Another local restaurant has a Sunday brunch to which you can add an unlimited drink package. This includes coffee, tea, soft drinks, mimosas, juices, and you can mix it up. My birthday last year was on a Sunday, so guess where my friend took me? I figured he was driving and I was going to treat myself, and I did.

Now I make sure that I walk down on a weekly basis, to get my beverage and tasty breakfast offering. Because I do the bar’s social media, I consider it an occupational necessity. I need the pictures, right? And how can I promote something if I don’t sample it?

 

The Standard Mimosa

orange mimosaThe complimentary mimosa is your standard orange juice over champagne. Merchants uses individual bottles of champagne, to ensure that every glass has a fresh taste to it. Your shelf life for an opened large bottle is about an hour. While this would work during your peak, what are you doing to do with that which is not quickly consumed? (Although, I have to say I would be very willing to help out with that problem.)

These stemless wine goblets are a great way to serve this size of mimosa. The approximate ratio of champagne to orange juice is about three parts alcohol to one part juice. Some people may prefer to make theirs more half and half. I like this ratio in my mimosas.

 

The Pomegranate Mimosa

pomegranate mimosaOne thing they are trying to do is to provide mimosas in different flavors. I’m not a huge fan of grapefruit juice, so I am not sure I want one of those. Cranberry juice isn’t bad, and would probably taste good with the fizziness of the champagne, kind of like a cranberry cocktail. But it was the pomegranate that caught my attention and won me over that first week.

Many of us were in agreement that this version almost tasted better than the traditional version. I did notice that the bottle said it was more of a blueberry-pomegranate blend, but it was just the right flavor, sweetness, and taste to perfectly accompany my breakfast. It’s also great just to sip on while you are doing something else.

The proportions for this one are approximately the same as the orange juice mimosa. One small bottle of champagne, or three parts alcohol to one part juice.

More flavors of mimosas?

I do know that several other variations do exist. I have made it my mission to scour the internet for other mimosa and champagne cocktail flavors. I hope to have those coming to you over the next few weeks. I can’t wait to try more!

For now, try these flavors:

How do you like your mimosas?

10 Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

10 Quick and Easy Valentine's Day Cocktails

Nothing says loving like a good cocktail. Whether you are celebrating the holiday with a loved one, with friends, or celebrating as Single’s Awareness Day, a great adult beverage can make the evening a bit more relaxing and fun. I have collected a variety of Valentine’s Day cocktail recipes to try this holiday season, including some of my favorites and ones that I am aching to try. What’s your poison? 

First Crush Cocktail – Have you tried moonshine, yet? What used to be made only in the home, with a hillbilly reputation, is now becoming a staple in cocktail favorites all over the place. My first taste was a Christmas gift froim a friend. Now I can get it in the stores. I came across this cherry-flavored drink from Robyn’s Online World and can’t wait to try it!

I Heart You Valentine’s Day DrinkOh My Creative has this clever twist on the classic vodka and tonic drink. She freezes cranberry juice in a heart-shaped mold. As the ice melts, the flavor spreads and gives the drink more color. There’s even a nonalcoholic version for kids!

Valentine’s Day MocktailOh My Creative also has this Strawberry Kiwi-flavored mocktail for the holiday. She calls it a mock margarita. It looks fabulous as it is, but I will definitely be adding tequila to mine!

Strawberries and Champagne Margarita – Speaking of strawberries and tequila, Pizzazzerie has put together two of my favorite things: champagne and margaritas. I never would have thought of adding champagne to a margarita, but this recipe looks fabulous.

Strawberry Sunburst Cocktail – This one, by Pink Heels Pink Truck, includes the necessary requirement of black cherry and strawberry flavors, even though it also makes you think of summer. She made her own lemonade from scratch, which sounds fabulous and something I have always been meaning to try.

Love Martini – Picture the Recipe came up with their own version of the Love Martini at The Melting Pot. I admit when I first read the ingredients, I was transported back to my days of drinking Sex on the Beach in college. But this one still looks like a tasty treat on occasion.

Red Velvet Cake Martini – Red Velvet cake is one of my favorites, so why not try it in liquid form? Wicked Good Kitchen has an amazing blend of chocolatey, nutty, and cherry flavors in this cocktail. I would be more likely to do the Frangelico version, as I know I always have some on hand.

Cherry Vodka Cocktail and Shooter – Growing Up Gabel has a sweet shooter that can also be created as a Valentine’s Day cocktail. Made of cherry vodka, amaretto, and grenadine, it does elicit thoughts of being super sweet, but diluted with 7-Up, I think it could be very tasty. It is definitely one that I would try for after dinner.

Raspberry Moscato Cocktail – A light and airy romantic Valentine’s Day cocktail comes from Tonya Staab. She takes a blend of moscato and gingerale with raspberries and heart-shaped ice cubes. This would also be tasty with breakfast and perfect for the summer, too.

Hugs and Kisses Martini – Last, but not least, is the one that is probably my favorite on this list. I adore chocolate martinis. They are definitely my preferred version of this classic drink. Home Is Where the Boat Is has created a version with chocolate liquers and vodka, plus some half-and-half. (I have to admit, though, that I usually substitute half-and-half with straight up Bailey’s.) Dip the rim in sugar and garnish with a Hershey’s Hug. There are also a couple of other suggested variations.

Need more ideas? I have 12 more for you right here!