Drink of the Week: Bloody Mimosa
The Bloody Mimosa takes this recipe and kicks it up a notch, using two parts pink champagne and 100% blood orange juice, both chilled, and served in a frosted champagne flute (so the bubbles last longer). This particular version uses a 1999 vintage of Charles Heidsiek Rose (generally around $82.00 a bottle) and I.O. Italian Organics Sicillian Blood Orange Juice (a posh brand of urban juice sold only on the east coast). The flavor is earthier and more complex than a classic mimosa. Blood orange juice tends to be a bit tarter than standard OJ and has a fuller, richer flavor. Pink champagne also blends about 15% red wine into its traditional brew, allowing the drink to stand up better to more flavorful foods.
Needless to say, this drink isn't something you're going have every day... especially if you're the one paying, so try making a variation with more economically priced ingredient of the comparable quality. Trader Joe's sells Volcano brand blood orange juice that sells at about $5 a bottle and Domaine Carneros Brut Rose sells at any liquor store at around $35. Mix them together for a drink that'll make you feel so posh you could spit in someone's face and have them thank you for it.
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