by Amy Gross, the Vine Sleuth
After visiting The Tasting Room in Houston for brunch and experimenting with fruit juice mimosa combinations there, I thought it would be a fun idea to share with you how to make a mimosa. Setting up a mimosa bar with lots of options might be just what you need to jazz up your next brunch, whether it be a baby shower, wedding shower, birthday or any occasion to get together and toast.
How to Make a Mimosa
A mimosa is a combination of sparkling wine and fruit juice. If you’re creating a mimosa bar for an event, offer several juices and fruit purees and two different sparkling wines. You could offer one wine, but two is more fun. It lets your guests be their own mixologists.
Select from the following:
- Cava from Spain
- Prosecco from Italy
- Sparkling wine from anywhere in the US (You don’t have to limit yourself to California. Gruet from New Mexico has some great bubbles!)
- Champagne from France
Find a list of Champagne and sparkling wine reviews on this site in our Global Champagne Day 2013 post.
Fruit Juice or Puree
Next, puree some fruits or buy some juices and set them out in pretty pitchers. Consider these:
- White Peach
- Blood Orange
Gather a few bowls of garnishes to add a finishing touch:
- Mint leaves
- Pineapple wedges
Line up the glass flutes and let your guests unleash their creativity, mixing and matching. Start by combining about 2/3 sparkling wine with 1/3 juice, then adjust to taste. Don’t limit each mimosa to just one juice. Consider combining them, too.
What combinations do you think you might enjoy? Are there any juices I didn’t list that you might want to try?
More About Champagne
Learn more about Champagne here on VineSleuth Uncorked.
- A Tasting Tour of French Wine: Champagne - Learn about the distinction between Champagne and sparkling wines and how to read the label.
- How is Champagne Made? - Last year on Champagne Day, Amy explained how Champagne is made.