Mimosa

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Ingredients:

2 parts freshly squeezed or regular orange juice
3 parts chilled champagne
cherries, orange peels (optional)

Preparation:

1. Pour in 2 parts of orange juice in a tall glass.

2. Add 3 parts of champagne.

3. Garnish with a cherry or an orange peel (optional).

Note: The mimosa cocktail is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute with a brunch. It is also often served to early guests at weddings, and in first class on jet airliners.

This cocktail was reportedly invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, circa 1925. Orangina, a carbonated soft drink made from oranges and lemons, may be used instead of orange juice. A tablespoon of Grand Marnier is sometimes added, hence the Grand mimosa variation. A similar (and often identical) British cocktail is called a bucks fizz.

In a mimosa variation called a hibiscus (or a poinsettia ), cranberry juice replaces orange juice. In another variation, called a Lilosa, pink grapefruit juice replaces orange juice. In the movie Rat Race, the characters Vera Baker and Merill Jennings, played by Whoopi Goldberg and Lanei Chapman, respectively, are ordering a imosa when they first meet.