When our friends Dave and Lynh got married a few years ago, a group of us got together before the ceremony and treated ourselves to a bottomless brunch at a tapas place near the venue. Getting the party started early, ya know? That’s how we roll(ed).
And it was a fabulous time – good food, good company, bottomless mimosas and bellinis. So many pitchers of chilled bubbly + orange juice/peach nectar.
By the time we wandered over to the venue, we were well and truly buzzed. And, by the time the ceremony started 15 minutes later, I was rocking an epic hangover. Who knew that same-day hangovers were even thing? It’s real though – it felt like my temples were being stabbed by a million razor sharp knives
Thankfully, my friend Amy keeps Excedrin in her purse at all times. Those pills saved the day! (And the rest of the wedding was lovely.)
In case you think that experience turned me off of mimosas, don’t worry…it did not. Mimosas are too delicious to give up, and brunches aren’t complete without them!
In preparation for Easter brunch this year, I decided to test out an extra special kind of mimosa: the Tequila Sunrise Mimosa. I saw a picture of it on FoodGawker while looking for recipe inspiration, and I was stunned by the gorgeousness of the cocktail.
Just look at it! It’s really does kind of seem like sunrise in a glass, doesn’t it?
And it’s as tasty as you’d expect a mimosa to be, but with an extra bit of sweetness from grenadine and some kick from tequila. It doesn’t seem possible that the humble mimosa could be improved, but this version really is extra delicious (also super easy, did I mention that?). Try it, you’ll see!
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- 1 oz tequila
- Prosecco or champagne, chilled
- Orange juice (I like Simply Orange Mango)
- Splash of grenadie
- For each rink, pour 1 oz tequila into a champagne flute.
- Fill flute about halfway with prosecco/champagne.
- Add orange juice, filling the flute until it's mostly full (I like to stop pouring when the liquid is about ¾-inch from the top of the glass).
- Top with a splash of grenadine.
(Slightly adapted from The Blond Cook’s recipe)
Amy @ The Blond Cook says
I’m so flattered you saw them on Foodgawker and loved them! My friend Melissa had been telling me forever to make them and glad I finally did. Who would have thought tequila and champagne would have been so good together? Yours are absolutely gorgeous! Hope you have a happy Easter.
Happy Easter to you too! Thanks for sharing such a fab recipe 🙂
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
This post makes me wish for hot summer weather again.. and to relax with a mimosa on hand!
I feel the same way! Hurry up, spring/summer 🙂
These really do look like sunrise in a glass. Pretty 🙂
Wow should rush to have it immediately .Loved very much.
Maryanne @ the little epicurean says
Same day hangover? I’m afraid to ever experience that. It’d be way too hard to say no to one (or three) of those pretty tequila sunrise mimosas. They just sparkle and say drink me 🙂
Thanks, girl!!!! Best way to avoid the same-day hangover = don’t be an idiot like me and intersperse mimosa-drinking with water-drinking ;p
Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says
These are so beautiful! I love the gradient from dark to light. I wish everything I drank looked this pretty. Also – way to get drunk before the wedding. #fail.
We didn’t do it ON PURPOSE. We just, um…didn’t think about the consequences of bottomless mimosas!
Carla (@charliesue) says
Oh! They’re beautiful. I’m willing to risk a same-day hangover. I’m a giver!
Thanks! Come visit me, we’ll get same-day hungover together ;p
Had anyone tried this in a 3gal beverage container? Wondering if the sunset effect would hold up in a large container for a party.
I’ve never tried this, but I think you could probably still achieve the sunset effect in a larger container. The only problem is that then you start pouring or lading out individual servings, the different layers would get mixed up and you’d lose that layered look. It will still taste good, though!
What is grenadie?
Grenadine is a sweet, red-colored syrup. You can find in most grocery stores and liquor stores. Hope this helps!
What is the flute ?
Those are stemless champagne flutes – I believe I got them at either Pier1 Imports or Crate & Barrel.
sheri hall says
you can also get them at any dollar store. (saves more $ for tequila) lol
How is it that the “sunrise” effect is made as you pour? I absolutely LOVE how this looks and I am planning on serving these for a girls day this weekend 🙂
Hi! Sorry for the delayed response – for some reason I’m not getting emails about new comments anymore. Annoying!
Anyway – I believe the sunrise effect is made by the order you pour the different ingredients. The grenadine is thicker/heavier than the juice, etc., so it slow drips down to the bottom of the glass and leaves kind of an ombre/sunset look in its path on the way down. Hope you and your friends enjoyed the mimosas!
Gina K de Villiers says
will this recipe work with a Rose Champagne?
Not sure, but I don’t see why not! Let me know how it turns out if you try it 🙂