Your Favorite Brunch Drink Just Got Better

Photographed by: Phoebe Chuason
By Jim Meehan
I've never been a fan of mimosas: Orange juice covers up the nuances of good Champagne, so most people pour really cheap bubbly into them. Try a good California sparkling wine, like Chandon, if you're not up for buying the expensive stuff. There's a range of great California sparklers out there.
As for the cocktail, I've lightened things up with lemon juice and given it a stiff, boozy orange backbone in the form of Cointreau. Serve it for New Year's Day brunch — you'll need it.
White Mimosa
Makes 1 Cocktail
3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
3/4 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce fresh lemon Juice
4 ounces Moët Imperial Champagne, to top
Orange twist, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine all of the ingredients over ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with champagne and garnish with the orange twist.
Visit Tasting Table for more delicious NYE brunch cocktails including the Spritzz Cocktail and the rosé-based cocktail.

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