A Dose of Mimosa
It’s May 16th and that can only mean one thing -- National Mimosa Day, baby! You might be thinking, “there’s just about a ‘National Day’ for nearly everything!”, (it’s true) but there’s a good reason for this one. The citrusy cocktail has a rich history and a variety of twists you may add to the drink. The possibilities of enjoyment are endless and this is one: gifting it. “Orange” ya’ glad Gesture is here to explain?
It wasn’t always like this -- the common mimosa cocktail we know today was originally very different. Around the 1920s, a club in London served a cocktail made-up of equal parts champagne and orange juice. Historians agreed this was a clever scheme to justify drinking earlier in the day. By the later half of the 1920s, Frank Meier of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Paris, began serving his own version of the bubbly beverage, lessening its champagne and boosting the juice content. He would call it “The Mimosa.”
Now, what makes an almost century old cocktail keep its popularity? Well, it’s brunch's best friend! Add to the fact it can go with a variety of occasions with the many modifications of the actual drink and it's a sure winner.
Fill a champagne flute 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine.
Top with orange juice.
Add 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier to the glass.
A mimosa is made of champagne and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute at brunch, at weddings, as part of business or even first class service on some passenger railways and airlines. Generally giving off a lavish feeling, so if you want to celebrate National Mimosa Day with someone that is mim-oso special, simply send them a bubbly Gesture and hopefully they have a splash of OJ.