THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas

Loads of fresh tangerine juice goes into this homemade sorbet (along with a couple of other special citrus-y ingredients) to make it the perfect upgrade to your morning mimosa.

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

When I say these are THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas, I mean these tangerines came off the tree that sits about 30 feet from my front door and were squeezed less than 10 minutes after they were picked. They’re THAT fresh. But hey, I’m not here to throw shade at anyone that may not have a plethora of fresh citrus at the ready – we’re in the throes of winter now, folks, and there’s no better time to snatch up all of the fresh tangerines and lemons you can find and throw them together to make some delicious Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas just in time for New Year’s!

Let’s back up for a quick second, though, because I need to know: when it comes to frozen desserts, are you Team Sorbet or Team Ice Cream? Taken in their purest forms, I’m an ice cream fan all the way. There’s just something about that rich dairy flavor that I find myself leaning towards if ever given the choice between the two. But throw a good bottle of bubbly in the mix? I’ll be Team Sorbet all day, every day.

I mean, sure, you can make and enjoy this Tangerine Sorbet all on its own, but if I have some sitting in my freezer you can pretty much bet the only way I’ll be enjoying it is at the bottom of a champagne flute.

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

So, the first step in making THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas is – quite obviously – making the Tangerine Sorbet out of the best, freshest tangerines you can find. If you’re familiar with the whole ice cream making process, the rest will be a piece of cake. You’ll need an ice cream maker of some sort, and a saucepan, but that’s about it. Oh, and to really up the citrus factor, we’re also adding in some fresh lemon juice and Grand Marnier.

Another incredibly important thing to note – you need to start this Tangerine Sorbet process at least the night before your planning to enjoy your ever-so-fancy mimosas. I tell you this now because I care for each and every one of you way too much to have you start this entire process one or two hours before you’re ready to throw your mimosas back, only to be met with soupy sludgy tangerine syrup. Hey, today is Friday and we still have plenty of time before New Year’s to get this going, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

Once the Tangerine Sorbet is at its icy, frosty peak, you’re ready to mimosa it (yep, just made that a verb.) Take your favorite bottle of mimosa bubbles, pour some of it on top of your FRESH Tangerine Sorbet and – voila – you’re ready to enjoy THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosa you ever did sip on.

You likely already have plans for New Year’s, but you better add some Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas to those plans ASAP.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for you and yours!

These Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas are made from the season's best tangerines plus loads of other citrus to make the perfect New Year's Day cocktail!

THE Freshest Tangerine Sorbet Mimosas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Freezer time
4 hrs
Total Time
40 mins
 

Loads of fresh tangerine juice goes into this homemade sorbet (along with a couple of other special citrus-y ingredients) to make it the perfect upgrade to your morning mimosa. 

Servings: 7 servings
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the tangerine sorbet:
  • 3 cups fresh tangerine juice
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
Other ingredients:
  • 1 750-mL bottle sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Combine all sorbet ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine, until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight. 

  2. Pour tangerine mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to package directions. 

  3. Pour into a 9-inch loaf pan and freeze until solid. 

  4. Scoop sorbet into sparkling wine flutes and top with sparkling wine. Enjoy!

Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch

Because every holiday season needs a delicious punch recipe!

This Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch is the perfect batch drink to serve a crowd!

I mean, am I right? We are, after all, in the season of entertaining, and nobody wants to spend their entire dinner party mixing up individual cocktails for every single guest. Nope, you need a delicious batch cocktail recipe that is festive, features some of the best flavors of the season and is super easy to throw together. Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you that this Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch is the answer!

If you know me, you know that I’m a hard-core sparkling wine lover. In fact, if I had to choose just one type of alcoholic beverage to enjoy for the rest of my life, it would be bubbles. There are so many different varieties, from dry to sweet, pink to star-bright, incredibly effervescent to just a light spritz. I love them all (enjoyed in the appropriate time and place) and ESPECIALLY enjoy them at this festive time of year. Doesn’t everyone?

Which is exactly why I decided to use sparkling wine as the base for this uber-tasty Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch. It lends the perfect celebratory touch to the other flavors of orange, lemon and vanilla, and has the added bonus of not being sooo high octane that your party guests will have one glass and end up needing to call a cab home. It’s the perfect drink for a crowd and comes together with no fancy bar tools or ingredients. My kind of holiday cocktail!

A pitcher of this Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch is the perfect drink to serve at your holiday get-together.

As far as what type of sparkling wine to use, feel free to use your own creative license here based on your personal tastes. I opted for a medium-quality dry cava (Segura Viudas to be exact) because that just happens to be our “house” sparkling wine. (Yes, we have one. Hey, my husband’s in the liquor industry!) I also don’t like my drinks too sweet, but if you’re entertaining a more sweet wine-loving crowd, by all means go for something with a little residual sugar to it.

You’ll just need a few more ingredients besides the sparkling wine to make this Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch a tasty reality at your holiday get-together:

Fresh orange and lemon juice, both of which should be incredibly easy to obtain, especially at this time of year.
Grand Marnier to add a little extra kick.
Simple syrup (which you can easily buy if you’re too lazy to make.)
And last, but not least, some vanilla extract!

See, I told you it was easy 😉

A glass of this Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch is the perfect, easy cocktail to serve party guests.

You’ll want to make sure your sparkling wine and citrus juices are chilled ahead of time, but when it comes time for your guests to arrive, you’ll literally need less than 5 minutes and a tall pitcher or punch bowl to throw this Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch together. I don’t know about you, but that’s my kind of party recipe! Cheers to a wonderful holiday weekend!

Sparkling Citrus Vanilla Punch
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A fun, festive punch recipe featuring the best winter flavors including lemon, orange and vanilla. Perfect for your next get-together!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 5 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 750mL bottle sparkling wine
  • Orange and lemon wheels, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl. 

  2. Garnish with orange and lemon wheels and enjoy!

Venetian Spritz

Ciao, bellas!

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This post comes to you from deep in the heart of Tuscany but, no, we’re not talking about wine today (well, kinda sorta not.) Nope, we’re talking about the trademark cocktail of Venice, the Venetian Spritz!

To be fair, the base of this cocktail is prosecco so, yes, there is wine involved, just not any of the big reds that we’ve been enjoying throughout our trip so far. But that all changes tomorrow when we head to Venice and the land of sparkling wine and spritzes!

If you’ve ever been to Italy, there’s no question that you’ve enjoyed (or at least seen tons of people enjoying) a spritz around 4pm in the afternoon, gathering at the sidewalk bars after a long day at work. It’s known as a classic aperitivo, or drink to whet the appetite and get it ready for a big meal. It’s also fairly low octane, with no hard alcohol involved, so you can drink quite a few during happy hour and still walk in a fairly straight line to dinner, which typically doesn’t start in Europe until 8:30pm at the earliest. Of course this later start time means you have to make your happy hour count when you’re in Italy!

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I have to admit, it took me a while to warm up to spritzes, because I wasn’t always a huge fan of Aperol, which is basically the only other primary ingredient in these cocktails besides prosecco. You can imagine how disappointing this was to me when I was in Venice last (about seven years ago) and didn’t even thoroughly enjoy the drink that represented this amazing place.

But I’m happy to report that I’ve aged a bit since then, and thankfully so has my palate. I now thoroughly enjoy the taste of Aperol, especially when accompanied by sparkling wine, which we all know is my absolute favorite!

I love that this drink is so easy to make, and even those of you who are reading this from home can make yourselves a Venetian Spritz (or two, or three) this weekend to enjoy with me in spirit. We’ll certainly be enjoying plenty of them as we explore the city over the next few days!

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Speaking of, I’m loving hearing all of your suggestions of places to eat, drink, shop and see while we’re there. Keep them coming! We really have no set agenda for this leg of our trip and love finding hidden gems.

Anyhow, I’m going to keep this short today, because who wants to be stuck at the computer when we have so many things to see and do on our last full day in Tuscany? We’re headed to Montepulciano today, and I’m so excited to show the hubs and the in-laws one of my favorite little wine towns in all of the land. Be sure to follow along on my IG stories to see all that we’re up to.

Now raise your glass and cheers a Venetian Spritz with me!

Venetian Spritz
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A classic Venetian prosecco cocktail that you can easily make at home. Just three ingredients are all you need to feel like you're in Italy!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Aperol
  • 4 ounces prosecco
  • 1 orange wheel, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Pour Aperol into a champagne flute (or wine glass filled with ice if you want to be really traditional) and then slowly pour prosecco over top. Be sure not to pour too quickly or you will have a bubble over. 

  2. Take one half of the orange wheel and squeeze the juice into the drink. Use the other half of the orange wheel as a garnish, or additional juice if you want a little more sweetness to your drink.

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Sparkling Carrot Mimosas

The grand finale to my Easter recipes!

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Of course we had to end it all with a cocktail 😉 Let me tell you, these Sparkling Carrot Mimosas do NOT disappoint.

Just to provide a quick recap: I started off the week with this savory Herbed Carrot Galette that would be equally as good served as a main dish at Easter brunch or a side dish for dinner. On Wednesday, I kept it uber-traditional and posted my family’s perfect recipe for Hot Cross Buns. And today we’re celebrating with mimosas!

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I’ve been wanting to do some sort of Carrot Mimosa since last Easter, but to be honest I was a little intimidated. First of all, I don’t own a juicer (saving that appliance for when I have the kitchen of my dreams and all the space a food blogging gal can ask for) and I wasn’t exactly sure where I’d find straight-up carrot juice. I’m also not the biggest fan of vegetable juices, and although I loved the concept of turning one of my favorite brunch cocktails into a super-festive version, I was a little unsure of how “vegetable-y” it would taste.

But I’m happy to say that if there’s one thing that posting weekly cocktail recipes for the past year or so has taught me, it’s that there’s a way to spin everything to your liking if you just find the perfect combination. In fact, fun side story, one of my friends here in SB used to work at a local “juicery” and would often bring by the day’s leftover juices at the end of their shift. Seeing as by that time it would be 5pm or so, we’d be itching much more for a cocktail than a healthy juice (aren’t those reserved for breakfast or lunch?) and so we’d turn the juices into some pretty darn delicious cocktails to celebrate the end of another long day.

So I dipped back into those memories to figure out how to really make these Sparkling Carrot Mimosas the most delicious things ever, and I’m proud to say I succeeded! After trying out a few different combos, I found that a dash of Cointreau in addition to the sparkling wine and carrot juice (which I ended up finding in pure form at Trader Joe’s) was the perfect answer to taking the drink from overly-carrot-like to fresh and festive. And because Cointreau is orange-flavored, you still get a hint of traditional mimosa taste.

Can we also talk about how fun it is to garnish with those bright green carrot tops? Too cute.

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Anyhow, the simplicity of these Sparkling Carrot Mimosas is completely up to you. If you want to really get down and dirty (and you own a juicer,) you can go ahead and make your own carrot juice. But if you’re bogged down with all of the other Easter menu prep you have going on, simply head out to TJ’s or your favorite local juicery and pick up some of their fresh-squeezed carrot juice.

Aside from the carrot juice, the only other ingredients you’ll need for these Sparkling Carrot Mimosas are items you likely already have stocked in your bar (at least, I hope you do!) We’re talking sparkling wine (our house favorite that’s very reasonably priced is Segura Viudas Brut Cava, but any dry sparkling wine will do) and the afore-mentioned Cointreau. That’s it!

Simply combine all three in the ratios I’ve provided for you below (being careful as you pour so as not to have a massive bubble-over) and you’ll have the perfect festive cocktail for your Easter breakfast or brunch. What more do you really need?

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Sparkling Carrot Mimosas
Prep Time
5 mins
 

The popular brunch cocktail gets a spring twist with fresh carrot juice and a splash of Cointreau. The perfect drink for Easter!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces sparkling wine
  • 1 ounce carrot juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • Carrot tops for garnish, if desired
Instructions
  1. Combine all three ingredients in a champagne flute, pouring each one in slowly and steadily so as not to have a bubble-over (can’t waste any of that booze!) Garnish with green carrot tops, if desired. Enjoy!

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Belizean 75

This drink is brought to you with so much looooove.

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I know Valentine’s Day is behind us, but this Belizean 75 holds a very special place in my heart for multiple reasons.

First, you all know that the French 75 is one of the hubs’ and my absolute favorite cocktails, so much so that it was one of the two signature drinks we served at our wedding. I mean, anything involving both bubbles AND gin is a winner in my book. I love them both to pieces.

Second, we first got to taste a “Belizean 75” on our honeymoon shortly thereafter which, although not quite what we expected, did have a few fond memories going for it. This drink is definitely one of them and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make my own version at home.

I ordered the Belizean 75 the day we got back to our resort after being evacuated due to the hurricane, and, let me tell you, after being stuck in a $100 a night eco-lodge that flooded and had no power OR water after the storm hit it was like tasting the nectar of the Gods. Forget the plentiful glasses of red wine and steaming seafood platters that were constants at our Francis Coppola-owned resort, I just wanted this incredibly cool and refreshing cocktail on repeat.

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The main difference between a Belizean 75 and a French 75 is that local rum is used in place of gin, and any variety of local citrus is used in place of the standard lemon juice. I’m not too sure what variety of citrus they used at the Turtle Inn, but I had some blood oranges laying around and boy, did they add just the right zing of color to this cocktail!

I love this cocktail because it is incredibly easy to make and uses very few ingredients, ones you’ll likely have on hand already without requiring an extra trip to the store. All you’re going to need is sparkling wine, rum and fresh-squeezed citrus juice! I would just recommend that whatever citrus juice you use isn’t too tart, since there is no added sweetener in this drink (bonus – less of a hangover the next day!)

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The blood oranges I used were perfect and lent that lovely pinkish hue. Despite what it looks like in the photos, I did use the exact same amount of blood orange juice in each drink, the pulp of one of the blood oranges was just a lot darker than the other. But that’s nature for ya!

Now I know today isn’t a “special” Friday per se (although if you ask me, every Friday is pretty dang special) but that’s no excuse to forego making a Belizean 75 or two. Whether you’re getting together with girlfriends or just want an easy at-home Happy Hour drink for you and your honey, this cocktail will do the trick. And with another round of nasty weather headed our way, I’d say we need as many tropical drinks as we can get to make us forget all the rain. Am I right?

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Stay safe and dry this weekend my friends! Xx

Belizean 75
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This cocktail is a fun, tropical riff on the classic French 75, using local rum instead of gin and fresh blood orange juice instead of lemon. The ultimate refresher!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce fresh blood orange juice (or other fresh citrus juice)
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
Instructions
  1. Combine orange juice and rum in the bottom of a champagne flute. Slowly pour the sparkling wine over top. Garnish with a blood orange wheel, if desired.

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