To say brunch is an institution would be an understatement. From the sidewalk cafes of New York City, to beachside Los Angeles restaurants, and everywhere in between, brunch has turned eggs Benedict, French toast, and daytime drinking into a cultural touchstone.
The Mimosa — a blend of Prosecco and orange juice — is the best brunch drink for a few reasons. First off, bubbles with extra zing from citrus pair wonderfully with breakfast foods like salty bacon, savory quiche, and granola-topped yogurt. The acidity of the drink cuts through brunch dishes’ richness while also cleansing your palate for the next bite.
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Mimosas are also lower in alcohol than brunch drinks like Bloody Marys. Prosecco tends to hover around 11 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), whereas vodka starts at 40 percent ABV. Lower ABV means you can sip numerous glasses without getting sloshed and still enjoy the weekend day. Mimosas aren’t expensive or complicated drinks to put together, either.
You definitely don’t need to be a mixologist to fix yourself a Mimosa, but, when a drink has just two ingredients, you want both to count. As for the bubbles, go for Zonin Prosecco.
Zonin Prosecco, a fruity, dry sparkling wine from Italy, brings all the right flavors to brunch. Its fruit-forward profile has almonds and citrus on the finish, awakening your mid-morning appetite without overwhelming your palate. You can easily sip it on its own all day long, and, thanks to its low levels of sugar, you won’t be fighting a sucrose-induced hangover tomorrow.
In fact, sipping it without a mixer is a great accompaniment to eggs or seafoods like crab cakes or smoked salmon. Thanks to its crisp acidity, Zonin Prosecco cuts through the fat of the eggs and balances out the salinity of fish.
If you do plan to whip up a pitcher of Mimosas, we suggest going 50-50 with Zonin Prosecco and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Have some spare liqueur lying around? Add a hint of sweetness with a splash of triple sec or Grand Marnier.
If you’re feeling adventurous, put together a Mimosa bar with a variety of different fruit juices. Grapefruit is a fabulous substitute for orange since it also offers lovely acidity, as do blood orange, tangerine, and yuzu. You can also try peach, guava, watermelon, cranberry, pomegranate, passion fruit, and just about any other fruit juice your heart desires. Mix, match, blend, and get creative. It’s fun, interactive, and a great conversation starter.
If you really want to add sparkle to your meal, try adding a drizzle of Zonin Prosecco to your pancake or waffle mix. That same effervescence in the glass will make the batter light, airy, and incredibly tasty. And since brunch inevitably leads to day drinks, keep the party going into the afternoon by taking your Mimosa alfresco. Chill bottles of Zonin Prosecco on ice for easy refills and enjoy the refreshing beverage under the afternoon sun.
With that, cheers! We’re celebrating National Brunch Day, after all.
This article is sponsored by Zonin Prosecco.