May 16th is National Mimosa Day, a day dedicated to celebrating one of the most beloved brunch cocktails across the globe. While it isn’t necessary to be celebrating a holiday for you to enjoy a whole bunch of mimosas at brunch, you now have an excuse to go for it with the bottomless mimosas.
Originating in the luxurious settings of early 20th-century Europe, the mimosa has become a symbol of leisurely weekend brunches and festive gatherings. A simple yet elegant concoction, the mimosa is traditionally made with equal parts of chilled champagne and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice. This effervescent drink is not only refreshing but also a symbol of celebration and joy.
National Mimosa Day is an opportunity to explore the versatility of this classic cocktail. From upscale brunch spots to home kitchens, the mimosa is embraced for its simplicity and its ability to pair wonderfully with a wide range of foods, especially brunch favorites like eggs benedict, waffles, and fresh fruit.
In recent years, the mimosa has seen a surge in creativity, with mixologists and enthusiasts experimenting with different juices like grapefruit, pomegranate, and even peach, giving rise to the popular Bellini. Some even add a splash of liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Chambord, to add a unique twist to the classic recipe. San Francisco has long been on the cutting edge of culinary and cocktail trends, so there are a lot of unique and exciting mimosa options for you to find at local restaurants and bars.
As we raise our glasses this National Mimosa Day, let’s not only toast to the delightful concoction but also to the moments of happiness and connection it represents. Whether you prefer the classic recipe or a modern twist, this day is all about enjoying the simple pleasures in life. So, gather your friends, prepare your favorite brunch dishes, and pour yourself a refreshing mimosa to join in the celebration of this timeless beverage.