During holidays and other fun events, we like to start our celebrating early around here. On Thanksgiving, and even Christmas, we have those big meals later in the day. But it calls for a little something in the morning, to kick the day off. And a nice little toast on the first day of the New Year is always in order, I think.
My husband and I go for the fully loaded mimosas. We tend to replace the champagne with sparkling wine and my tastes are cheap enough that I can’t tell the difference. But the kids like to celebrate, too, so for them we make these non alcoholic drinks.
Mimosas are so simple. Just champagne (or sparkling apple cider) and orange juice. You can spruce them up a bit, which I like to do if it’s a celebration — throw in some frozen berries to act as both flavor and ice cubes. Or garnish with fresh fruit, even.
And if you’re ever going to let the kids use the good glasses — this is the time. Get out your wedding crystal (or pick up a few glass flutes at a thrift store), and let everyone have one.
Good dishes don’t do anyone any good locked up in a china cabinet. Go! Use them! (Also? If you’re anything like me, you’re more likely to break a glass than the kids anyway.)
And now the best part — a toast. You can say something meaningful and lovely. Or you can keep things simple and just yell, “Yeay! Cheers!” Or let the kids speak, which is always either touching or hilarious or weird and nonsensical and often all of those things at once and always makes me cry and then everyone else laughs even more.
This is also one of those wonderful non alcoholic drinks to serve mamas-to-be at a baby shower…or to have a spring brunch or Mother’s Day celebration. So bright and sparkly and fun!
- orange juice
- sparkling apple cider
- Frozen or fresh berries for garnish
- Fill half of the glass with orange juice.
- Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling apple cider.
- (Optional) add frozen or fresh berries and serve.
If you like the mimosas, try one of these tasty (non-alcoholic) drinks next!
Carol Godshall says
Nice way to make the kids feel included.