20 Grapefruit Mimosa Recipes


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. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice gives it that something extra special.

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 – Simple take a traditional grapefruit mimosa and dress it up with the optional garnishes of raspberries and mint. I think raspberries would make it absolutely delicious. 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 CoolerThe 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 MimosaRue 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 MimosaRhubarbarians 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 FjordFood 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? Check these out:

20 Variations on Orange Juice Mimosas

Cranberry Mimosa Cocktails

Strawberry and Peach Moscato Mimosas

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Image adapted from Grapefruit and Orange Juice Mimosas by John Knox under the Creative Commons Attribute-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License, via Wikimedia Commons.

10 Guinness Cocktails

10 Guinness Cocktails

You love the Guinness, whether bottled, from the tap, or even extra stout. It’s so good on its own. It’s even like a full meal in some ways. Have you ever tried it mixed in anything else? I already knew about a couple of Guinness cocktails, but apparently there are several more that I’ve never seen before. So, here they are, gathered together, for all of us to check out. Enjoy!

The Snakebite – This is probably the only Guinness cocktail I have ever tried, prior to seeking out these other choices. I first heard about it from the Angry Orchard website. You start with a base of hard cider and then pour the Guinness over the back of the spoon for a layered effect. It was definitely an interesting flavor combination! Valerie’s Kitchen makes a version with a pear-flavored apple cider.

Black Velvet – This interesting drink from Kitchen Konfidence starts with a base of Guinness and then pours Prosecco (or other sparkling wine) over the back of a spoon on top of it. This keeps the two from mixing. I never would have thought of this combination, but I am intrigued! Then there is this version from Salt & Wind that also adds in a bit of creme de mure or creme de cassis and brandied cherries. Yum. And then if you want to think of it being a healthier beverage, this version from Dr. Oz the Good Life has some ginger liqueur in it.

Jamaican Guinness Punch – Give a Caribbean flair and sweetness to your Guinness cocktail by using milk and condensed milk plus some added spices in this version by Jehan Can Cook. I would almost want to just substitute Bailey’s and really mix it up with some Irish flair!

Guinness Bloody Mary – I love bloody marys. They’re a fun treat to have at a brunch with friends. A Beautiful Mess created a version using Guinness and Tito’s Vodka. This would be even more filling and fabulous!

Dark & Irish– This Guinness cocktail from An Appealing Plan mixes dark rum and a simple syrup into a cup of coffee and then tops it off with Guinness. Beer, rum, and coffee all together. It’s like a bunch of fabulous worlds colliding into a lovely adult beverage. Awake and mellow, all at once. Guinness cocktails FTW!

Black Patent – Combining lemon and chocolate is not something that I would automatically think of, yet I can see how a hint of each would make for some good flavor. Better Homes and Gardens mixes a chocolate vodka with a bit of lemon juice and simple syrup, then tops it off with Guinness. (Wait, back up. Chocolate vodka? Seriously, how do I miss this stuff?) Yeah, I want one.

Giants Gate Cocktail – This one on About.com is inspired by Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway, as it uses two Irish “giants” of alcohol, Guinness and Bushmills. I am not sold on the idea of using egg white in a beverage, but otherwise the flavor combination intrigues me.

Strawberry Guinness PunchTipsy Bartender is one of my favorite sites for finding random new drinks. This punch combines Guinness, vanilla vodka, condensed milk, spices and strawberries. It sounds fantastic and absolutely refreshing on a warm day like we had for the parade this year.

So, which Guinness cocktails are you going to try this year?

8 Guinness and Bailey’s Cocktails

Guinness and Bailey's Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day brings out the Irish in all of us, even those of us who do not have a drop of Irish in their blood. I do tend to enjoy Bailey’s Irish Cream year-round in a variety of ways. I do not often drink beer, but will grab a Guinness if one of my favorite craft brews is not on tap. I have fond memories of Irish Car Bombs at the Irish pub in my neighborhood. We just had the St. Patrick’s Day parade over the weekend and the actual holiday is coming up in a few days. So, I decided to go on a quest for more Guinness and Bailey’s cocktails, to give me something new to try. Here is what I found.

Irish Car Bombs – Yes, I must kick it off with my favorite classic drink, anyway. Here is an easy recipe from Mix That Drink. These definitely pack a punch, so make sure you are not the one driving! One is likely plenty to get you happy for the evening. Two, and I know I am going down for the count.

Baby Guinness Jello ShotsSlim Pickins Kitchen has these little Jello shots that have a bottom layer of Guinness Jello and a top layer of Bailey’s Jello. I’ve never heard of using either in a Jello mixture, but I am sure they have an interesting flavor!

Irish Car Bomb Pudding Shots – Okay, so you can’t quite shoot pudding the same way that you do a regular shot. But I imagine that much like a Jello shot, you can just use your tongue to get all of the goodness of the pudding shot. My Sweet Sanity also recommends using a spoon if you want, but I think it can be fun to get a little messy here and there. Guinness in the chocolate pudding, Bailey’s in the vanilla pudding, and Jameson in the chocolate sauce. It sounds fantastic.

Guinness Milkshake – This one is perfect for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, an adult version of a Shamrock Shake. Lemons for Lulu starts with vanilla ice cream, and then adds Guinness, Bailey’s, and a touch of Creme de Menthe.

Irish Hot Chocolate – Now, this is one that I can see myself enjoy year-round, particularly on really cold nights. Food 52 teaches us how to make a syrup out of Guinness that becomes the chocolate base for the hot chocolate. You’ll give it an extra kick with Bailey’s and Jameson’s. I can feel the inner heat and relaxation building up. I would even consider putting coffee into it for an added jolt.

Guinness Affogato – Have you ever had affogato? It’s espresso poured over ice cream or gelato and it is absolutely fabulous. I love to indulge every once in a while over the summer. This version on Bon Appetit tops it off with Guinness and also recommends putting in a shot of Bailey’s. I cannot wait to get my hands on one of these!

Guinness Beer Float – This is another dessert-type combination that Nugget Market recommends just sticking a straw into these Guinness and Bailey’s cocktails. Pour the two over vanilla ice cream and top it off with a caramel sauce.

Guinness Double Chocolate Malted Milkshake With Bailey’s Whipped Cream – Okay, you aren’t going to get this one in a bar, either, but it would be easy to make at home. Just take all of the advice that Foodie With Family gives you about not making a giant mess in the house. (It’s rather amusing, and totally something I would have done.) You get a nice malted flavor without a strong beer taste as you use Guinness and chocolate ice cream for the milkshake and then whip up some Bailey’s whipped cream. I would personally skip the Whoppers candies as garnish, because I am not a fan, but otherwise, this sounds great.

Which one of these Guinness and Bailey’s cocktails are you going to try?

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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?