November’s Mimosa of the Month is a simple but special Strawberry Orange Juice Mimosa. With all the fuss around Thanksgiving dinner and the lead up to Christmas I thought something easy might be in needed.
With a house full of guests and the inevitable round of parties and open houses that come with the holiday season, it’s always nice to have something easy but festive available when the mood strikes. This was everyone’s favorite mimosa when we did a little informal family taste testing – strawberry is a natural compliment to the orange juice and since it’s a simple syrup mixture the added sweetness makes it even easier to drink.
You can make the strawberry simple syrup ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for up up to two weeks.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 8oz sliced strawberries
- Lemon squeeze
- Orange Juice, chilled
- 1 bottle Champagne, prosecco, or cava, chilled
- Strawberries and orange slices for garnish
In a small sauce pan, combine water and sliced strawberries. Simmer over medium for about 20 minutes, skimming any foam off the top. After about 20 minutes, the strawberries will have lost most of their color. Pull out the strawberries and pour the sauce through a strainer to get just the liquid. (Resist the urge to press water out of the cooked strawberries!) Add the liquid back to the pan and add in sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice (option) and bring back a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened and syrupy. Store in the refrigerator and allow to cool before using in drinks.
Add 1 oz of strawberry syrup to the bottom of your glass, add 1 oz orange juice (or whatever your preferred juice/bubbly ratio is). Fill the rest of the way with champagne.