Best ‘Champagne’ For Mimosas – And Affordable Brunch Sparkling Wine Alternatives + Mimosa Pancakes Brunch RecipeNovember 18, 2022
Elevate your brunching and consider some fun alternatives to add a few twists – and a lot of personality – to everyone’s favorite weekend tradition – mimosas!
What is the best champagne or sparkling wine for Mimosas?
First, you might ask, what’s the difference between sparkling wine and champagne… here’s a couple facts to provide some insights:
- Sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France which is located just outside of Paris.
- Furthermore, Champagne can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grapes.
- To clarify, all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. We really should think of Champagne in terms of a geographical location as opposed to a winemaking style.
So what type of sparkling wine is best for your brunch mimosas?
If you are looking to splurge, then might we suggest Lanson, or Veuve.
If you are looking for a cheaper wine and/or a sweeter profile, then italian prosecco or spanish cava are great options.
When you want a more traditional style, imagery, and quality of French champagne, but don’t want to spend a fortune, then we suggest affordable French sparkling wines and cremants, like Le Grand Courtâge sparkling wines Blanc de Blancs Brut and Brut Rosé.
Female-founded, award-winning, made-in-France, and each scoring 90+ points, these luxury sparkling wines were created to provide an affordable alternative to champagne, to elevate and celebrate everyday moments!
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Better your Brunch
Elevate the Traditional mimosa and move beyond classic Orange Juice and sparkling wine mimosa recipe. Consider changing up the mimosa juices for your brunch sparkling cocktails seasonally, such as:
Play With Your Foods (And Drinks!)
Get creative! Add fun rims and garnishes for extra flavor and fun! A few favorite ways to play up your mimosas:
- Floral and/or Fruity Ice Cubes
- Cinnamon Sugar Rims
- Spicy Tajin Rim
- Fresh Herb Garnishes
- Fresh Fruit On Skewers
- Edible sugar or glitter cocktail cubes
Another fairly easy, but impactful way to impress your guests is to do a mimosa bar or a build-your-own concept.
Build Your Own Mimosa Bar
Variety is the spice of life! Give guests a flight of juices, a bottle of sparkling wine (classic brut or brut rosé) & fresh fruit for garnishes so they can craft the perfect mimosa according to their tastes! This makes a memorable, visual impression and is great for mingling and conversation.
Le Grand Courtâge rosé sparkling wine and white sparkling wine are also available in mini bottle sizes, 187ml perfect for favors and individual servings or even place settings and/or escort cards!
For even more elevated brunch entertaining and ideas, download our Brunch Ideas Booklet for loads of inspiration and recipes.
The beauty of brunch is that you get to incorporate sweet and savory dishes and be a little whimsical. And luckily, white and rosé sparkling wines are cuisine and cocktail friendly, and make for perfect pairing wines for practically everything from brunch to dessert.
Read more on brunch pairings on our elevated brunch blog!
Special Brunches That Create Lasting Memories
Holiday Brunch Bar/Buffet – consider a brunch bar or a beautiful tablescape with an assortment of sweet and savory treats to satisfy your guests young and old.
Brunch in Bed
Weekends are for sleeping in and catching up on rest. Why not indulge in the cozy and comfortable and serve up some brunch in bed? Keep it simple with croissants, scones, and mimosas or easily whip up a frittata if you’re craving something savory.
Bridal Brunches & Baby Showers
Time to celebrate the bride or mom-to-be! 187ml bottles of brut or brut rosé are a crowd pleaser as place settings, for mimosa mixing, or as the perfect takeaway favor for guests!
Pancakes are wonderful, but the best pairings for a bubbly brunch are the savory, spicy, salty variety: think fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, & huevos rancheros.
More Sparkling Wine Cocktail Recipes To Try | Free Sparkling Cocktail Recipe Books:
You might be well-versed in thinking of topping off cocktails with Champagne and Prosecco, but it’s time to think pink and play with Pink “Champagne” or Sparkling Rosé as it adds a little more structure but is also vibrant, youthful fruit notes that pair well with spirits.
Sparkling wine is amazing in cocktails. Even a small splash of bubbles can brighten up a drink, enlivening or lifting its flavors and making it feel an awful lot more festive. Whether you are looking for cocktails for Brunch, a shower, a cocktail party, or an aperitif with friends, we have you covered with cocktails that go from brunch through to dessert.
- Sparkling Cocktails – Spring & Summer Sparkling Champagne Cocktails
- Champagne Cocktails for any Occasion & Theme – Click Link for recipes LGC Cocktails by Spirit Type or LGC Healthy/Low & Lite Cocktails or our Spritz Alternatives and we have Frosé Cocktail Options
- Weddings/Events – As our name means ‘the great courtship’ we are perfect for bridal-related events, and the 187ml offers a perfect party favor or guest amenity. LGC Signature Cocktails by Color/Theme
- Rosé Cocktails – A pink drink for every occasion. Download our LGC Rosé wine Cocktail booklet.
BONUS Brunch Recipe: Mimosa Pancakes, by Better Homes & Gardens
- 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup Champagne or Sparkling Wine
- 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Champagne Glaze
- Desired fruit, such as orange slices, sliced strawberries, and/or raspberries
- In a medium bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl whisk together the egg, milk, sour cream, orange juice, Champagne/Sparkling Wine, and oil. Add to flour mixture all at once (may foam up); stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). For each pancake, spoon 1/4 cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden; turn when surfaces are bubbly and edges are slightly dry. Drizzle warm pancakes with *Champagne Glaze and top with desired fruit.
In a small bowl stir together 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, and enough Champagne/Sparkling Wine (4 to 5 Tbsp) to make of drizzling consistency.