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Mar. 7, 2023
To put it simply, brunch is the best. And it’s even better when there’s an interactive activity for you and your guests. Of course you should provide OJ and champagne, but you can also elevate your mimosa recipes by adding vodka, miscellaneous juices and lots of garnishes. Here’s what you need to make it a hit.
First things first: start with the alcohol. Mimosas are synonymous with sparkling wine, namely prosecco or cava. Sure, you could go with champagne, but since you’ll be mixing with other juices, it may not be worth the price tag.
But you can also add more variety to your mimosa bar by including other alcohol. GREY GOOSE® Vodka is a great addition that will mix well with all other ingredients. You could also serve GREY GOOSE® Essences or flavoured vodkas — just be mindful of the juices you will be mixing with so flavours will complement each other.
No brunch is complete without juice, and you’ll definitely want to provide an ample amount for your mimosa bar. Offering a spread of different options means everyone can find something to suit their taste. Orange juice is the classic, but cranberry juice is also used for a popular non-OJ mimosa. You can also offer grapefruit or pineapple juice for other crowd-pleasing options. Or go even a little farther off the beaten path with mango or watermelon juice, or strawberry or peach pureé.
Garnishes are a fun and flavourful addition. You’ll want to offer a lot of fresh fruit, like orange slices and strawberries. Small berries help enhance the effervescence of the bubbly drink, so don’t forget blueberries and raspberries. And then add some more unexpected garnishes, like pomegranate seeds, pineapple wedges and fresh herbs such as mint and basil.
Presentation is half the fun. Make sure you have a large table where people can get in line to make their drinks. Champagne flutes are a must. Keep the champagne and Grey Goose on ice — like in ice buckets — for a beautiful and functional way to keep the drinks tasting their best. Throw in some tall glass carafes that are perfect for the juices, and put the garnishes in small bowls with their own serving spoons. If you really want to go the extra mile, print out some small placards that identify each of the ingredients, as well as any instructions for mixing.
Mimosas aren’t the only things worth mixing up. Your guests can forego the champagne and just mix orange juice and vodka for a classic screwdriver cocktail.
And voila, there you have it. A DIY mimosa bar will be a big hit at your next brunch. And if you’re more interested in something savoury, check out how to build your own bloody mary bar.