Five Mimosa Alternatives to Complement Any Brunch Spread

There’s more than one way to spin that bubbles-before-noon blueprint.

There’s nothing more eye-opening than champagne punched up with a shot of citrus. Lighter than a bloody mary and more effervescent than a Bellini, the mimosa is the ideal companion to anything syrup-shrouded or sunny-side-up. But there’s more than one way to spin that bubbles-before-noon blueprint. Here, five mimosa alternatives to complement any brunch spread.

“Sparkling Float”
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Beverage director Carl York considers sorbet and sparkling wine natural brunch partners. But green Chartreuse? His crew would put it on Corn Flakes “if there wasn’t a social stigma attached to it,” he says.

“For British Eyes Only”

“Pimm’s and lemonade are delicious together, and there’s little in this world that’s worsened by a splash of sparkling rosé,” says bar manager Andrew Pierce, who named this Pimm’s spritz riff after a running gag from Arrested Development.

“Momma Said, Momma Said”
The Frogmore

Debuting on Mother’s Day, co-owner/beverage manager Alex Homans’s peachy potable is an homage both to the Frogmore’s Lowcountry roots, and to his own mom’s predilection for low-alcohol quaffs.

“Blue Label”
Banyan Bar + Refuge

The bartenders at Philip Tang’s Southeast Asian eatery channel Violet Beauregarde, muddling and infusing fresh blueberries into this “executive” mimosa.

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“The Stamos Gin Fizz”

Committee beverage director and not-so-secret John Stamos superfan Peter Szigeti devised a twist on a Ramos gin fizz—the New Orleans brunch classic—that subs in Greek yogurt for a smoothie-like texture.

Photographs by Toan Trinh; courtesy of the manufacturers (Cava, Chartreuse, Pimm’s, Jeio, Beefeater, Campari, Veuve Clicquot)



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