We love Mimosas: champagne and orange juice. We love blood oranges.
So when this recipe arrived for a Bloody Mimosa [photo #1], we thought: This is it for Halloween.
Not only does the “bloody” orange juice make a much better-looking Mimosa; a few chips of dry ice give the drink a spooky smoking effect.
The original recipe, from Mionetto “IL” Prosecco, follows.
For a traditional Mimosa [photo #2], just use regular orange juice. Fresh-squeezed is the best, of course: the drink is half juice.
RECIPE: SMOKING BLOOD ORANGE MIMOSA
1. FILL a flute or other glass halfway with the sparkling (tip: to conserve the bubbles, tilt the glass as you add the wine). Slowly add the juice.
2. SHAVE off several small chips of dry ice, using an ice pick or sharp knife. Add just enough to start the smoke effect [photo #3]. Serve immediately.
Here’s the full recipe, along with more tips to make the perfect Blood Orange Mimosa recipe.
The Mimosa, a cocktail composed of equal parts of orange juice and Champagne or other dry, white sparkling wine, was invented circa 1925 in the Hôtel Ritz in Paris, by bartender Frank Meier.
Served in a Champagne flute, it is believed to be named after the the mimosa evergreen shrub (Acacia dealbata), which bears flowers of a similar color to the drink.
The optional addition of a small amount of orange liqueur like Grand Marnier complements the juice and gives the drink more complexity.
Because of the juice component, the Mimosa is often served at brunch. A Grapefruit Mimosa with grapefruit juice is a popular variation.
A related drink, the Buck’s Fizz†, has two parts Champagne to one part juice—and sometimes a splash of grenadine. Created at London’s Buck’s Club by bartender Pat McGarryhe, the Buck’s Fizz predates the Mimosa by about four years.
If you’re making Mimosas, fresh-squeezed orange juice makes a huge difference. One expert recommends trying different types of orange juice: The sweeter Navel juice vs. the more acidic Valencia, for example. Blood oranges, with their rosy color and raspberry notes, will provide a different experience entirely (and a wonderful one!).
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