The Mimosa is the ultimate morning-after pick-me-up—but only if you make it right. With just two ingredients it seems difficult to mess up, but if you use subpar orange juice and a sparkling wine that tastes more like lemon-lime soda than Champagne, you’ll wind up with a saccharine mess. Made with fresh orange juice and the right sparkling wine, on the other hand, the Mimosa is a brunchtime revelation. From everyday, budget-friendly wines to extravagant Champagnes, here are our favorite effervescent toppers for your next Mimosa.
Mionetto Prosecco Brut ($12)
Cheap as this Prosecco is, you might expect it to be cloyingly sweet and poorly made, however the wine is exactly the opposite. Light, crisp and drinkable on its own, this Prosecco is an excellent accompaniment to freshly squeezed orange juice. Whenever you have a brunch party to attend, arrive with a bottle of Mionetto tucked under each arm.
Gruet Blanc de Blancs ($14)
A tried and true cocktail staple, this New Mexico sparkling wine is made from 100 percent Chardonnay. On the palate there’s classic brut toastiness, an abundance of tropical fruit, and the elegant, sour malic acid flavor of pears and apples. On the finish this sparkling wine has a lasting creaminess and complexity. Try serving it with pineapple orange juice rather than the standard orange fare.