Behind the Bar: Fruity Mimosas

Every month, we feature Craig Green, Manager of Culinary Services, in an article where he shares tips, recipes, fun cocktails and great information on all the latest bar trends or happenings at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.

The Mimosa is one of few beverages that can cross all drinking lines. It’s versatile enough to signal that brunch is ahead or that morning drinking has finally begun. What makes Mimosas so great is their ability to be customized; you can have them very sweet with the addition of extra flavors or as dry as you like.

For those of you who opt for maximum Mimosa flavor, you can pair champagne or sparkling wine with any juice you like, such as a pineapple or peach juice. And we love peaches!

In my opinion, brunch just isn’t brunch without the addition of Mimosas, but you’ve got to make sure you are working with the very best ingredients. In addition to juice and champagne, I suggest you look at Monin’s line of flavors to expand your at-home Mimosa experience. The Monin syrups are great because they’re highly concentrated, so you won’t have to use so much syrup.

Whenever I host brunch and serve Mimosas, I always seem to have a few empty bottles by the end of the day. (Honestly, it’s probably mostly me doing the drinking. But who’s counting?)

Here are a few recipes for different types of Mimosas that you can serve to impress your friends at the next brunch. All you have to do is pour the syrups into labeled containers, supply endless bottles of champagne and let the party flow.

Paloma Mimosas

  • 6 tbsp. tequila
  • 6 tbsp. pulp-free ruby red grapefruit juice, refrigerated
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice, refrigerated
  • 3 tbsp. grenadine, refrigerated
  • ½ bottle champagne or prosecco
  • Grapefruit and lime slices, to garnish

In a glass jar or small cocktail shaker, mix tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and grenadine together well.

For each drink, fill evenly among 3 cocktails then top with champagne/prosecco until almost full. Garnish with grapefruit or lime slices to serve.

Refreshing Watermelon Mimosas

  • 1/2 medium watermelon
  • 1 bottle prosecco or champagne
  • juice of one medium lime (approx. 1/3 cup)
  • a handful of mint leaves
  • ice cubes or crushed ice to serve

Put watermelon, lime juice and mint into a blender; blend until smooth. Pour juice into a glass of ice and top with prosecco. Stir until gently combined.

Peach Mimosas

  • 1 bottle champagne (750 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 can of peach nectar (12 ounces)
  • Peach for garnish

Pour all the ingredients into a large pitcher; stir. Garnish the rim of the glass with a peach slice.

Although Mimosas are not yet on the Cheddar’s menu, our drink masters are more than willing to mix one up for you! The great thing is that we serve single-serving splits of sparkling wine to which you can add your flavor of choice and enjoy your visit even more.

Plus, if you liked the watermelon and peach mimosas, you’ll love our new Tito’s Watermelon Vodkarita and Knob Creek Peach Smash! Come visit your local Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen and give them a try!

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