Mimosas are always so popular at brunches. They’re an elegant orange-colored champagne cocktail. A classic one is made with orange juice and champagne. The addition of pineapple juice makes a wonderful fruity change. As for the champagne, no need to buy an expensive bottle, any reasonably priced sparkling wine will do. For the kids use 7-up to replace the sparkling wine. The skinny for 1 refreshing cocktail is 152 calories, 0 fat and 6 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Cheers!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
2 cups fresh orange juice, chilled
1 cup pineapple juice, chilled
1 (750 ml) bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled, see shopping tip
Pineapple or orange slices, for garnish, optional
1. In a pitcher, stir together the orange juice and pineapple juice.
2. To make one cocktail, pour equal parts orange juice mixture and then champagne into a champagne flute, wine or martini glass. Garnish with one pineapple or orange slice, if desired.
3. This recipe can be doubled, tripled and so on. To make it kid-friendly, plan for extra orange juice and pineapple juice. Add equal parts of the juice mixture and 7-up.
The mimosa was invented in 1925 at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France. A nearly identical drink was created in 1921 at a tavern in London and given the name Buck’s Fizz, and because of this, a mimosa is still called a Buck’s Fizz in the United Kingdom. Because of its color, the mimosa gets its name from the Acacia dealbata, a bright orange to yellow tropical flower.
Orange juice is a good source of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system. It also contains a fairly large amount of potassium.
Pineapple juice contains a good amount of vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium. It contains the enzyme bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory that encourages the healing of bruises and swelling in the body.
I used my favorite inexpensive sparkling wine called Tobin James California. It’s a wonderful, reasonably priced sparkling wine from the Central Coast. It retails for under $10. I bought it at Smart and Final or use your favorite. Both Trader Joe’s and World Market carry a nice variety of very reasonable sparkling wines.
Weight Watchers (old points) 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 6
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
152 calories, 0 fat, 1g protein, 19g carbs, 0g fiber, 5mg sodium, 13g sugar
|FAT FACTS: the skinny and fat facts are the same for this recipe