Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spiced Tangerine Mimosa



Chilly weather calls for a whole different set of cocktail flavor profiles. Mulled, spicy undertones are perfect to warm you up this time of year. Oh man, do I love a good mulled cider or wine. But it's still nice to have a pop of bright citrus every once in a while, too. Especially to balance out all of the rich and heavy comfort foods that abound this season. This drink is the best of both worlds. Not to mention, this is quite a good dose of vitamin c. And this is certainly the time of year to be loading up on that. Cheers to a cocktail for health! Who won't drink to that?


An orange gives this drink an acidic, citrus-y zing and the tangerines provide a deep rich, almost cream-like flavor and consistency. The healthy dose of bitters brings the spice to the party and automatically winterizes this traditional brunch drink.



You'll need:
1 orange
3 tangerines
Angostura bitters
Champagne
lemon peel for garnish


Juice orange and tangerines and strain to remove pulp and seeds. Fill the bottom of a martini (or other small cocktail) glass with 5-6 dashes of bitters. Add 2 oz. of juice and fill remainder of glass with Champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.


A little tip: twisting the lemon helps to release its oils and add even more of an aromatic quality to the drink. It's best if you rub it around the rim before serving. Not to mention, it's downright fun-looking.


Brunch won't know what hit it.

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