Kick your holiday get-togethers into high gear with delicious and festive grinch mimosas! Every bit as delicious as the original but turned bright green by the addition of blue curaçao, grinch mimosas are a thematic cocktail that require minimal effort and will fill everyone with holiday joy.
They’re great for high-energy holiday brunches, office parties, and holiday mornings with the family and are a must for any “The Grinch” watch party.
The only real difference between classic mimosas and grinch mimosas is the color, so you can serve them just like you would the original. They’re a great companion to savory and sweet brunch fare, cheese plates, holiday roasts, sugar cookies and so much more!
Blue curaçao is the key ingredient in this recipe, and mixing it with a yellow juice is what gives the mimosa its vibrant green hue. For best results, reach for an orange juice that is lighter in color and without pulp.
Though it is an orange-flavored liqueur, blue curaçao is used more as a coloring agent than flavoring agent in this recipe, so any entry-level blue curaçao bottle will work perfectly fine.
For best results without going overboard on bottles of champagne, use cava, crémant or any sparkling wine that was produced using the traditional method (méthode traditionnelle). This method is the same winemaking method used in champagne production, so you get similar qualities at a fraction of the price.
What You Need to Make a Grinch Mimosa
To make a grinch mimosa, you’ll need a bottle of dry sparkling wine, orange juice and blue curaçao. The combination of blue curaçao and orange juice is what gives this cocktail its signature hue, so the blue curaçao is crucial for this recipe. If you’d like to use a different juice, stick to one that is yellow or light orange in color such as pineapple juice or mango nectar.
- Sparkling Wine (Cava, Crémant, Prosecco etc.)
- Orange Juice
- Blue Curaçao
How To Make a Grinch Mimosa
Pour blue curaçao and orange juice into a champagne flute and swirl to combine.
Tilt the glass at a 45-degree angle to reduce fizz spillover and slowly pour in the sparkling wine and top off.
If the bubbles form too much of a head, let them fall down before pouring in more.
Do not shake or stir.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
What is blue curaçao?
Blue curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the peel of the laraha fruit, a type of bitter orange that grows on the island of Curaçao. The liqueur itself is clear but is dyed blue to achieve its iconic color.
How can I make a grinch mimosa for kids?
To make a grinch mimosa for kids, use blue curaçao syrup as a non-alcoholic coloring agent and mix it with orange juice and sparkling white grape juice or seltzer. Blue curaçao syrup can be found in the flavored syrup section of most grocery stores (look for the Monin brand) and can easily be ordered online.
Can I make grinch mimosas in large batches?
Yes, but don’t make a batch too far in advance or the sparkling wine will go flat. To make several mimosas in one go, add equal amounts of sparkling wine and orange juice to a pitcher, then add in the blue curaçao 1 tablespoon at a time until you’ve achieved your desired shade of green. Cover tightly and store in the fridge until ready to use.
- 3 oz sparkling wine
- 3 oz orange juice
- ½ ounce blue curaçao
- Pour blue curaçao and orange juice into a champagne flute and swirl to combine.
- Tilt the glass at a 45 degree angle and top off with sparkling wine, letting any excess foam fall down before pouring in more.
- Do not shake or stir. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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