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The History of Mimosas

Mimosas, the perfect light and fizzy refreshment for a Sunday morning brunch, a family get-together, or for any special occasion really!  Garnished with strawberries, cherries or grenadine, let’s take a minute and learn exactly how our mimosa obsession originated.  

There are a couple different theories as to how this celebratory champagne and orange concoction started.  One theory states that in 1921, The Buck’s Fizz was invented in Buck’s Club in London.  This drink similarly contained both champagne and orange juice, but had more sparkling wine or champagne instead of equal parts.  Some believe that in 1925, a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris started the mimosa years later, as he recorded the recipe in his book The Artistry of Mixing Drinks.  

And yet another widely believed theory states the director Alfred Hitchcok invented this drink in the 1940s in San Francisco.  In fact, the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink contends that all credit of popularizing the Mimosas as a brunch drink in the country is all because of Hitchcock.  

Today, mimosas have even progressed into canned mimosas.  One canned mimosa company, called Ohza, is a combination of sparkling wine and real fruit-juice that can be conveniently enjoyed on the go, or anywhere at any time.  These flavors include mango, classic, and classic bellini.


Mimosas are a timeless brunch classic and are loved by many. As the trend of RTDs continues to broaden its horizons, we’ve found more cocktails are turning into RTDs. Mimosas are a part of this! A new popular RTD is Ohza, a canned mimosa. It is a combination of sparkling wine and real fruit-juice that can be conveniently enjoyed on the go, or anywhere at any time.  These flavors include mango, classic, and classic bellini.

The classic Mimosa is most popular, but we wanted to share with you some popular mimosa variations.

Here are some popular mimosa variations:

Mimosa 75

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Gin (we recommend Silver medal winner Tiger Gin!)
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 tangerines
  • 1/1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry champagne or other sparkling wine

Shake up lemon and tangerine juice, gin, and honey in a cocktail shaker, and sprinkle the sugar and lemon and tangerine zests on a small plate for the rim.  Rub the rims of 6 champagne glasses with the lemon wedge, and roll in the zesty sugar.  Divide the gin-citrus mixture among 6 glasses and top with champagne.

Billini Mimosa

Ingredients

  • Peach slices
  • Peach nectar
  • Sparkling rose wine, prosecco, or champagne
  • Grenadine syrup

Place the peach slices into a wine glass and add the chilled peach nectar to cover.  Top with the sparkling rose wine, prosecco or champagne, and add a splash of grenadine.  Cheers! 

Madras Mimosa

Ingredients

  • 1/2oz orange juice
  • 1/2oz cranberry juice
  • 3oz Sparkling wine/Champagne

Pour all ingredients together directly into a Champagne flute. Stir and enjoy.

No matter which version is your favorite, a mimosa will always be loved as the ideal choice for a drink at brunch.  With that being said, bottomless mimosas anyone?


Written By Morgan Garberg

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