Are you searching for a stowstopping cocktail to complete your Valentine’s Day menu? Well, my friends, you’ve come to the right place — because today I’m sharing the recipe for these gorgeous Blood Orange Creamsicle Mimosas! With just 3 ingredients (and a big wow factor), these elegant cocktails combine vibrant, freshly squeezed blood orange juice and Spanish Cava with a hit of creamy vanilla liqueur for an elevated, seasonal twist on the classic mimosa!
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with that special someone, celebrating Galentine’s style with your favourite ladies or savouring some quality solo downtime, my Blood Orange Creamsicle Mimosas are the perfect love day elixir. Enjoy them over brunch, après dinner, during a candlelit bath or anytime you want to indulge in the beautiful flavour of blood oranges complimented by a healthy dose of bubbles. Simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication — cheers to love, friends and delicious sparkling cocktails!
BLOOD ORANGE CREAMSICLE MIMOSAS
Technically, this was the first recipe idea I came up with in 2017! If you keep up with my Instagram Stories (stop by for a peek into my day-to-day life and creative process!) you may faintly remember Cava bottles chilling in the snow on New Years Day (I know… so Canadian, right?!). We spent the day at my childhood home in rural Alberta with family and mimosas have become a recent tradition to usher in a fresh new year. Pop, fizz, clink!
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m the resident mixologist at family get togethers. While I was mixing up our first cocktails of 2017, I noticed the leftover Galliano Vanilla Liqueur from one of the many batches of Vanilla Pomegranate Mulled Wine I made over the holidays. After my first mimosa, I wondered how a splash of vanilla liqueur would play in our New Years Day cocktails. I wasn’t sure if it was just the Cava talking, but felt compelled to investigate further — so I made the next round with my ‘secret ingredient’ and they were a total hit! The vanilla liqueur heightened our traditional mimosas beautifully and infused them with a soft, creamsicle like essence.
This recipe idea has been filed away in the back of my brain ever since. And while I’m pretty much done with winter at this point, one thing I can appreciate is the bountiful citrus varieties available to us at this time of year. I’ve been eating my body weight in blood oranges recently — and as I was devouring yet another blood orange earlier this week, the idea popped into my head to recreate my creamsicle mimosas using fresh blood orange juice. The results were as beautiful as they were delicious… and here we are!
I tend to favour complexity in my cocktails — but when something just works, it works! My Blood Orange Creamsicle Mimosas are definitely the simplest cocktail recipe I’ve ever published, containing just 3 ingredients. That said, when you’re using so few ingredients, the quality of each ingredient is key. So, I chose my favourite Cava of the moment, the Cava Anna de Codorníu Brut. It’s citrusy, tropical and creamy, while being extremely dry — which is just how I like my bubbles! If you’re not familar with Cava, it’s basically Spanish champagne (technically Spanish sparkling wine) — and it’s a lot easier on the wallet! There are many delicious champagne alternatives to choose from, but my favourites are Prosecco (Italy’s take on sparkling wine) and Cava.
One of the reasons I published this recipe in time for Valentine’s Day is because it’s peak blood orange season — at least in Canada. Maybe I’m just paying more attention to unique produce since I’ve started blogging, but lately I’ve noticed blood oranges popping up everywhere! My personal favourites are the Moro variety — their flesh can range in colour from pink, to red orange to purple. They’re also less acidic than most traditional orange varieties and have slight raspberry overtones. February’s blood oranges are absolutely delicious and packed full of vitamin C, anthocyanins and flavenoids, containing up to 40% more vitamin C that common orange varieties (I’ll take any opportunity to get a little extra nutrition in, even in my cocktails!). And yes — blood orange juice really is that vibrant shade of red! It naturally settles into the bottom of the glass, creating this gorgeous sunset ombre. If you make them at home and follow my instructions, I promise yours will be equally as pretty!
If you didn’t catch my rave review of Galliano Vanilla Liquer in my Vanilla Pomegranate Mulled Wine post, let me rehash: it’s a sweet, herbal liqueur with a huge dose of smooth vanilla goodness. It works especially well to add a luxurious, creamy flavour to these Blood Orange Creamsicle Mimosas without overpowering the Cava or the blood orange juice. Galliano isn’t expensive, but it’s a versatile, high quality ingredient that I totally recommend stocking in your bar — it plays well in so many beverages!
• 1 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
FYI, 1 blood orange yields approximately 1 oz of juice!
• 0.5 oz Galliano Vanilla Liqueur
• 3 oz of your favourite dry Cava or Prosecco
I used Cava Anna de Codorníu Brut
1. Halve a blood orange and juice the flesh. Add 1 oz of fresh blood orange juice to the bottom of a champagne flute.
2. Add 0.5 oz Galliano Vanilla Liqueur to champagne flute.
3. Top things off with 3 oz of chilled Cava or Prosecco.
4. Serve immediately and enjoy!
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Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day)? Have any fun plans? Whether you’re spending it with a loved one, your girlfriends or enjoying some solo downtime I hope you all have a wonderful day, fueled by a warm and fuzzy mimosa-induced buzz! Cheers, everyone.
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