Happy Mimosa Season!
Champagne is always a great idea. But, sometimes you need it for an extra special day, whether it be a bridal shower, birthday, Easter gathering or even just a get-together with the girls. Cue the mimosa bar!
If you want to know how to get one started, check out this guide from Shari’s Berries. It has everything you need to know about a mimosa bar — essential ingredients needed, unique recipes, set-up tips and a super easy backdrop idea, perfect for any occasion.This classic cocktail dates back to the early 1920’s when a drink called “Buck’s Fizz” (two parts champagne to one part orange juice) was invented at the Buck’s Club in London. Later in 1925, a bartender at the Ritz Hotel in Paris named Frank Meier invented the classic half champagne half orange juice Mimosa that we’ve grown to love.Looking forward to lots of occasions to serve Shari’s Berries sparkly sugar-shimmered champagne berries this Spring! Perfect with strawberry mimosas!In-season fresh strawberries from the local farmer’s market make the perfect Strawberry Mimosa! Simply puree fresh strawberries (about 5 fresh berries per mimosa), add 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup (make your own syrup or several bottled versions are readily available at the supermarket), stir well. Pour the strawberry puree mixture into a champagne flute, slowly add champagne or sparkling wine (Cava and Prosecco are delicious too!) to fill the flute. Garnish with a fresh strawberry and a small sprig of fresh rosemary.Fresh rosemary complements many the flavor of many fresh fruits. I consider rosemary to be a very special garnish because my mother, an avid herb gardener always said “Rosemary for remembrance” . The rosemary in my garden makes me smile thinking about my mom.Champagne is an excellent choice when making mimosas, but if you are having an informal gathering or serving a large crowd you may want to find a less expensive alternative. I’ve listed some bubbly alternatives here:Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut is a Spanish Cava. Crisp and dry with fine consistent bubbles which make a very happy mimosa! $9 range.Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut. This is my “go to” sparkling wine that is always in my refrigerator. Nice and bubbly, fresh with a bit of fruitiness that complements the fruit juice in the mimosas. $26 range.If you prefer a sparkling wine that is a little more fruit forward MASfi Cava is delightful…100% Trepat grapes. Bright and clean. Cherry and strawberry are the predominant flavors in this Cava. Lively pink color. $12 range.
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