Pink Grapefruit Mimosa
I can’t completely put my finger on why champagne seems so decadent and fancy and celebratory to me but it does. I know it’s marketed that way and that may be part of it or maybe because I generally have it during times that we are celebrating something but it really just makes me happy no matter when the opportunity arises to drink some. It’s New Year’s Eve so of course it’s the drink of choice for me but I also like to try it different ways. It’s great alone, don’t get me wrong but I do love a good mimosa! My favorite is a Pink Grapefruit Mimosa.
The recipe, as I’m sure most of you already know, couldn’t be more simple. There really isn’t a recipe. Take some freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, you really should make sure the grapefruits are pink and not white since they’re slightly sweeter but not overly so, and fill a pretty glass about half way (more or less depending on your taste) and top the rest of the way with the champagne of your choice. You really don’t have to use the highest quality champagne since it’ll be mixed with a sweet, tart juice but don’t use the bargain basement kind either. They can be so prone to give you a major headache even if you’re not drinking much. If you don’t want to or don’t have time you could use store bought pink grapefruit juice but it won’t be as good. Trust me. Sometimes I also rim the glass with a pretty colored sanding sugar but that’s not necessary. I just like sweets…and sparkles.
I also wanted to share a champagne cocktail that I love. If you’re new to this site you probably don’t know it yet but I’m a Southern girl and the foods you’ll see here have a very distinct Southern flare. Here’s an example. Growing up when I would spend time with my grandparents, I would always go out to the garden and sit for hours picking and eating muscadines and scuppernongs right off the vine. The muscadines are white grape-like fruits and the scuppernongs are the red ones. They have a very distinct flavor. I wish I could begin to describe them but I can’t really compare them to anything except a grape and they really are only similar in shape and size of a grape. I wouldn’t say they taste like them at all. They’re so good. If you ever see them or their juice anywhere, grab some up, have a taste and think of me!
When I was at Whole Foods the other day (I’m there a lot…it’s one of my happy places) I ran across a bottle of muscadine juice and decided to make a champagne cocktail with it like I’ve had at restaurants. I made it the same was as a mimosa except I added a little honey. Delicious!
Thanks for spending the last four months with me at My Invisible Crown. I hope that I’ve inspired some of you, even just one to find the things in life that you’re good at and celebrate you just a bit. I really have enjoyed every minute of it and I hope there’s been one thing or another that either showed you something you didn’t know or made you smile for just a minute of your day.
I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year and my prayer for you is for health, happiness and joy.