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Origins of the Mimosa

Apr 1

Mimosas are everywhere! Weekend brunch, bridal showers and other get-togethers are just some of the occasions where mimosas are served. Traditionally served as a mixture of champagne and orange juice, this is one light and refreshing drink that is here to stay.

We all clearly know the drink, but do you know the history?  The mimosa is named after the mimosa flower, a bright orange/yellow blossom native to southern Mexico and Central and South America.

As far as the origin of the beverage, it seems that there are two different versions surrounding the classic. According to Redstone American Grill, one version of the story is that the adult beverage was invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925 by Frank Meier.

Another popular origin story is that a French bartender stole the idea from a London tavern that calls their almost identical concoction “Buck’s Fizz” around the same time.

The Buck’s Fizz is still around today and varies slightly from the traditional mimosa in that its recipe uses two parts orange juice for every one part of champagne instead of the 50/50 classic.

Whatever the history may be, the mimosa sure is a brunch staple. In fact, it’s so popular that there are many variations to the classic.

Consider substituting orange juice for a variety of other juices including: pomegranate, pineapple, cranberry, blood orange, grapefruit and more.

My personal favorite is to pour a glass of champagne, add a splash of pomegranate juice and a handful of pomegranate seeds. Once you make it through your beverage, snacking on the soaked seeds is tasty bonus.

Champagne flutes are the preferred glass type for consuming mimosas. At The Tipsy Grape, we sell three different styles that can be customized with any design you desire. Order yours today and get them in time for your next mimosa bash!  

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