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The combination of fresh orange juice and champagne has been a brunch staple for as long as anyone can remember. And if you've ever had to pick out the perfect champagne for a batch of mimosas, you may recall a sense of confusion combined with the feeling of being overwhelmed. The rows and rows of champagne with fancy, French names can surely be intimidating.
There's also the matter of what champagnes work best in a mimosa. Most mimosa lovers will find that Brut champagne, which is the driest, tends to work well given that it cuts through the orange juice in a way that allows for the flavors of both to standout. Additionally, champagne is a luxe choice for making mimosas, so be sure to opt for quality ingredients like fresh-squeezed juices and craft syrups and/or bitters.
From a champagne that can be served over ice to a Brut with notes of fresh fruits, the champagnes ahead will mix perfectly with your favorite brunch drink.
Because no one likes a warm mimosa, there's Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial. A truly unique offering in the champagne market, Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial was specifically created to be enjoyed over ice. So, you can proudly throw a few cubes of ice in your next mimosa for added chill.
The great thing about champagne is that it's already low on carbohydrates, but there are select champagnes that are also very low on sugar. Among those champagnes is Louis Roederer Brut Nature Philippe Starck Label 2009, a vintage sparkling wine. This low-sugar champagne is made using three different grapes: pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay for guilt-free sipping.
This California champagne boasts a small secret that makes it a great pick for use in mimosas. A small amount of blueberry flavor is added to Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux, giving it just a touch of sweet bubbles. In addition to its subtle blueberry flavor, Blanc de Bleu Cuvee Mousseux also flaunts a light blue hue, perfect for a fruitier mimosa.
Brut is usually the preferred type of champagne when creating mimosas, given that it's dry and low in sugar. Those two qualities allow the flavor of whatever fresh juice you're using in your mimosa to stand out. With notes of ripe apple and pears, Champagne Duntze Brut Reserve is a tasty option for those in search of a bubbly for their mimosa.
The idea of topping your mimosa with a rosé champagne will probably have quite a few people turning up their noses, but remember that mimosas can be made using just about any fruit juice (preferably citrus). When using a champagne like Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé, opt for grapefruit juice for a flavor combination that is both balanced and subtly tart.
Fine bubbles and hints of roasted apples, apple compote and peaches, make Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee a robust champagne and a worthy pick for a mimosa. With a price-point that won't make or break the bank, you can splurge on a bottle of this non-vintage champagne without draining your wallet.
Moet & Chandon is a celebrated name in champagne and their Nectar Imperial Rosé is an impressive offering from the brand. Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé flaunts a medley of flavors, including raspberry and cherry, making this champagne a versatile option for those who want to experiment with a variety of juices, syrups and even bitters with their mimosa.
A California champagne that comfortably rests on the brighter tasting side of the champagne spectrum, Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2016 is an affordable pick. Paired with fresh orange juice, the aromas of green apple, apricot and orange blossom truly standout with this bubbly option.