Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Basil Orange Mimosa


Happy New Year! I hope yours is off to a great start. And if not...I've got a delicious cure for you! I'm kind of a sucker for a delicious beverage...especially if that beverage contains alcohol, and especially if it's socially acceptable to drink it for breakfast!  (You too?)
Okay, I'm really not an alcoholic, and I rarely drink in the morning...but what better way to ring in the New Year than with a drink!?

There is much to celebrate, that is for sure. I am blessed. And one of my resolutions for 2013 is to focus more on celebrating what is rather than dwelling on what isn't. So today, the first day of the New Year, I am toasting to all that is - the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly - in my life and yours. All of it is blessed.

(I know.... I get sentimental when I toast... :)

Anyway... let's have a mimosa! With a twist, of course.

The best twist I know of? A little thing called Basil Simple Syrup.

Mix it with anything fruity and it takes it to a whole new level.
Lemonade? Delicious. Basil lemonade? Outrageously good.
Strawberries? Superb. Strawberries drizzled with basil syrup? O.M.G.

Okay, enough talking... let's get you a drink!

Basil Orange Mimosa
1/2 orange, peeled & muddled
8 oz. champagne
2 oz. orange juice
2 Tbsp. basil syrup

Muddle orange segments; add champagne, orange juice, and basil syrup. Mix well. Remove pithy parts of orange to eliminate bitterness.

Basil Simple Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh basil leaves (a little less is ok)

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in basil leaves. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator.

Happy New Year - Enjoy!

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  1. Ohhhh this sounds so good. I love mimosas. xo

    1. Glad you think so...and it's really so easy! Enjoy! :)

  2. Love the combo of orange and basil. This would be delicious. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-67/

    1. I'd be happy to share - thanks for the invite!

  3. Yummo! Thanks for sharing. Found you on Craft O Maniac Monday!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!I'm hoping to make a delicious V-day beverage soon too :)

  4. Oh wow, that sounds amazing! Next time I have fresh basil I'm going to try this.

    1. Thanks, Jessi! I know...it's perfect for summer when you have so much basil you don't know what to do with it...! :)

  5. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!!


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Chrissy! Hope you like it if you decide to try it! :)

  6. This sound so yummy, and they look so pretty! I will have to try these very soon! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful weekend. :)


    1. Thanks, Kathy! And thanks for giving me the chance to share! :)

  7. This sounds so good! I'm a big fan of mimosas, but never thought to add any basil (or other herbs) to it, but I know I will next time!

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!



    1. Hi Amanda,
      Thanks for the invite...I've started linking up with you on Mondays! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  8. This sounds wonderful, though champagne tends to give me headaches. Do you think it would work just as well with a sparkling moscato?


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