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Traditionally, champagne is the go-to choice for mimosas, but any sparkling wine will do. But with so many types of wine and champagne, how do you know which is best to use for your perfect brunch buzz?
Instead of going a sweet route, choose a champagne or sparkling wine that is dry. The orange juice will provide the cocktail's sweet taste on its own. Some popular choices for making mimosas include Cava, a crisp Spanish sparkling wine, or a dry Prosecco.
Don't worry about getting high-end wine or champagne -- the orange juice is going to change the taste anyway, so there is no need to spend a lot of money on your bottle.
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Though it's the classic, OJ and champagne isn't the only mimosa recipe out there. There are numerous different flavors you can create with different fruits and juices.
In this recipe, simply substitute the OJ for peach nectar. The nectar is thicker than traditional juice, so instead of pouring the liquids half-and-half, make this mimosa two-thirds champagne. Garnish with a slice of peach and you're good to go.
This is a slightly more complex variation to make -- you don't just change out juices. For a rosemary syrup addition, the recipe outlines simmering sugar, water and rosemary sprigs. This adds a bitterness, herb-like flavor to the finished drink. Then just pour grapefruit juice and your desired champagne into a container, top it off with the syrup and serve.
This recipe is perfect for any fall brunch. Before pouring, mix together cinnamon and sugar, wet the tops of the mimosa flutes and dip them in the mixture to create a sweet rim. Instead of pouring equal amounts of cider and champagne, keep the cider contents at 1/4th. Garnish this boozy drink with an apple slice or a cinnamon stick before you drink.