Mimosas are festive, and a fun family favorite when celebrating the holidays. This year, add some extra holiday cheer to the time-honored beverage using our cranberry basil mimosa recipe.
When selecting basil at the supermarket, look for smooth, whole leaves that are aromatic, bright green and free of black spots. Ensure there is no wilted basil in the bunch prior to purchase, and that it is free of mold.
Your basil will store best at room temperature, so trim the bottoms of the stems and place the stalks in water like a bunch of flowers (and keep away from sunlight).
To make this outstanding mimosa, muddle basil and sugar prior to mixing with the cranberry and orange juice and top with champagne.
Serve this festive cocktail with bagels and scones in the morning or for a lunchtime treat.
Did you know? The mimosa cocktail was first invented at the Paris Ritz Hotel. This classic drink is said to be named after the yellow flowers of the Acacia dealbata, a fast growing evergreen tree or shrub. The flowers from this tree are harvested for use as cut flowers, which are referred to by the florist trade as “mimosas”.
cranberry basil mimosa recipe
- 4 fresh basil leaves
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 3/4 cup 100% cranberry juice
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- Champagne, or sparkling wine
- Add basil leaves and sugar to cocktail shaker and muddle then pour in chilled cranberry and orange juice.
- Shake ingredients vigorously and strain into glasses, filling each halfway.
- Top with champagne and enjoy!
There are no rules here! While the mimosa is typically a brunch cocktail, we don’t see any problem with enjoying the libation in the late afternoon or throughout the evening.