Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Mimosa is a cocktail drink composed of one part champagne (or sparkling wine) and one part citrus fruit juice, usually orange juice. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute during brunch or to guests at weddings. Today, I’m twisting and changing things up a bit. As many of you know that I love having brunch at home, and a cocktail here and there. This Blackberry Lime Mimosa is a great new taste to try if you’re feeling a little adventurous.
I started this cocktail with a good amount of fresh lime juice for the refreshing citrus flavor; then I muddled some blackberries along with fresh mint leaves for a little sweetness and freshness. I couldn't help it but took a deep breath to take it all in. The citrus, berries and mints smelled divine! Then, I pour in a little simple syrup and shaken it well with some ice; next, I filled my champagne glasses half way with the blackberry lime mixture and top the glasses with some prosecco. That’s what I usually have on hand (or I should say, available in the fridge so I don't sound like an alcoholic! hahaha....). Of course, you can use champagne as well.
This cocktail is slightly sweet and tart at the same time, very refreshing and perfect for Spring. If you have a brunch to serve or gathering to host, this would make a great cocktail for your guests. You can make the blackberry lime mixture ahead of time and simply pour the prosecco when your guests arrive. This is a lovely recipe and I can see myself making it over and over again. Do you have a favorite cocktail recipe to share? What is your favorite ingredients to use in a cocktail (I love citrus)? Leave me a comment below and let me know. I can't wait to find out! Cheers to Spring!
Please drink responsibly. Health and General Disclaimers.
Blackberry Lime Mimosa: (Printable Recipe)
Makes: 4 to 6 cocktails (depending on the size of your champagne classes)
6 ounces fresh blackberries
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons water
1 bottle Prosecco or Champagne, chilled
ice for cocktail shaker
In a small saucepan, heat the water and sugar until all sugar dissolved, remove from heat to cool. And you have just made a simple syrup!
Place blackberries and mint leaves in the cocktail shaker. Muddle with a wooden spoon until the berries are smashed up. Add lime juice, simple syrup and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds to a minute. Fill champagne classes half way full with the blackberry lime mixture. Pour Prosesso or Champagne to fill the classes. Cheers and enjoy!