How to make the perfect Mimosa

In the runup to the summer months, cocktails are coming back in full swing. Some of the most iconic cocktails also have the simplest recipes – easy to follow so you have more time to sit and relax! Ideal Wine Company discovers the trick to making a perfect Mimosa for the upcoming summer months.

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Making the perfect Mimosa.

A bit of background

A Mimosa is one of the most popular cocktails, with citrus tones it is a refreshing summer drink to enjoy with family or friends! It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute at brunch, and is composed of equal parts of champagne (or an alternative sparkling wine) and a chilled citrus juice. It was believed to have been invented in 1925 in the Hôtel Ritz Paris by Frank Meier. It is thought to be named after the common name in Europe for the yellow flowers of Acacia Dealbata. Similar to a Mimosa, Buck’s Fizz is a variation made with twice as much champagne to orange juice.

The recipe

If you have the time, using freshly squeezed orange juice will leave a lighter, tarty flavour on your palate. It is more delicate than shop bought orange juice which means it makes your Mimosa more enjoyable and tasty!

A classic Mimosa recipe uses equal parts sparkling wine to orange juice, this is the perfect ratio for this tasty cocktail. However, if you are making Mimosas for a party or large group of friends, using less wine will make sure you get maximum usage whilst saving too. An alternative to save on wine but still get enough of an alcohol to juice ratio, is to add a splash of orange liqueur.

When making a Mimosa, the number one rule is to always pour the sparkling wine first before topping with the orange juice. By doing this it ensures that the cocktail has the chance to mix together on its own, which avoids a sticky mess at the top if the glass! There is no need to stir the cocktail either as this will cause the wine to become flat.

Top tips

A top tip for making a Mimosa is to use a dry sparkling wine rather than a sweet one. Spending around £10 on a sparkling wine is advised for a good quality; as well as this using Cava from Spain is an affordable choice. Alternatively, a dry Prosecco is a great option for a Mimosa if Cava isn’t your drink of choice. Another top tip is not to go too cheap in your choice of sparkling wine, this won’t help your drink have delicious taste it should.

A key tip when making a Mimosa is to never serve it warm, the wine and orange juice should be kept refrigerated until they are ready to be served. After pouring the first round, place back in the fridge to keep them chilled and fresh.

Stocking up

If you fancy spending your weekends making delicious Mimosas ready for the summer months, why not visit the Ideal Wine Company Champagne section. Or alternatively Prosecco from the Burke’s Peerage Selection.

Is Brexit set to raise Champagne and Prosecco prices in the UK?

In June 2016, Brexit caused a national storm between whether the country should vote to leave or stay in the European Union.

Once again it seems Brexit is causing more problems for the country, as Champagne and Prosecco prices are set to rise due to inflation and the weakening of the pound.

The changes

Champagne and Prosecco prices are said to rise due to higher inflation and the weakening of the pound. It has also been warned, by the UK’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association, that potential duty increases will cause a rise in the prices of Champagne and Prosecco.

This is said to be by 5 per cent or £1 and by 9 per cent or 59p per bottle. UK Champagne lovers will have to pay a sizeable £2.67 in duty, however in France it will cost just less than 6p. At present, French customers pay 3p versus the £2.08 paid by British customers in duties.

What does this mean?

The wine industry supports 270,000 jobs and contributes £19.9 billion into the UK’s economy. However, many are urging the Chancellor Philip Hammond to make a 2 per cent duty cut, therefore urging more wine sales overall. An average bottle of wine may see an increase of 10% in the UK, an additional 59p per bottle.

In 2016, British wine lovers bought 131 million bottles of sparkling wine from UK shops and supermarkets. This is up 13% from the year previously. A war sparked between British supermarket chains as they applied huge discounts in order to compete against each other.

Facts and figures

Research has shown that sales of sparkling wine has risen by a substantial 80% in the last five years. There’s a huge demand for Prosecco, as it outsold Champagne for the first time in Britain from 2015-16. Contrary to belief, ‘Dry’ January didn’t slow down the sales of Prosecco. According to The Independent, sales of the sparkling Italian wine increased by 79% in January compared to the same month of the year prior.

Our advice? Stock up before it’s too late! Prosecco can be bought from Ideal Wine Company’s Burkes’s Peerage Selection, and Champagne from the range of Champagnes in stock.

Choosing an exemplary Prosecco

Prosecco has become one of the most popular sparkling wines in recent years; last year alone more than 115 million bottles were produced. Prosecco is made in the Veneto region of Italy using Prosecco (Glera) grapes. At 121 calories, it is to a limited extent the lighter option to Champagne at 128 calories. There are five simple tips to choosing the perfect prosecco.

Five straightforward tips

  1. A large area of north-eastern Italy produces Prosecco; however, two small villages produce what is considered the best Prosecco with the highest quality. These villages are Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. If a bottle of Prosecco says ‘Prosecco DOC’ it is likely to not have been produced by either village, however will have been produced in the north-eastern region
  2. Sipping an even more exclusive Prosecco would require purchasing Prosecco made in Cartizze located in the Valdobbiandene Hills. Producing an ultimately high quality Prosecco, it is considered to have a greater standard than that of Prosecco made in Conegliano.
  3. Prosecco should be light and frothy, the Charmat method (fermented in large steel tanks) is used when producing Prosecco. In contrast Champagne is fermented in individual bottles. Prosecco should be fruity and light rather than yeasty and rich.
  4. Prosecco is made using the Glera grape, previously named the ‘Prosecco’ grape, it is the main variation of grape to use. Proseccos with the highest quality use 100% Glera, others may add variants of other grapes, such as Chardonnay or Verdisio, to a blend.
  5. Buying from a local wine merchant increases the chances of a high-quality Prosecco. Wine merchants often self-select bottles their selves, therefore purchasing a high-quality product

Best of the best

The finest Proseccos (also very accessible to be bought) are at a margin of the price of that of Champagne. Many retailers price Prosecco at £15 or under, although the higher end achieving the same price of cheap Champagne it is just as enjoyable. In 2016 sales of Prosecco hit €789 million, however it was still outsold by Champagne at €1.4 billion.

Approximately 77 million litres of Prosecco were bought last year, 25% more than Champagne, therefore explaining the higher Champagne sales. Due to the way that Prosecco is made, it does not benefit from ageing and should be consumed as soon as possible. Prosecco should be served chilled, as would be done with Champagne.

Pizzolato Spumante Prosecco can be bought from Ideal Wine Company’s Burke’s Peerage Selection.