I enjoy a Champagne Mimosa at brunch, however, once the sun goes down, I prefer a cocktail with a little more kick. Substituting Grand Marnier for plain old orange juice, in a nutshell, this is a Grand Marnier Mimosa. Grand Marnier and Champagne half of an orange juiced and a hint of Aperol for that gorgeous orange color and you’re off to the races. I serve my Grand Marnier and Champagne cocktail recipe on the rocks in a highball glass with an orange slice as garnish. It’s cool, refreshing, and the ice cubes keep those bubbles tickling your nose to the last sip.
Controversial I know, what kind of crackpot puts Champagne on the rocks? Haha, well, in my own defense, I don’t use expensive sparkling wines for Mimosas or my Grand Marnier and Champagne cocktail recipe, but I don’t go cheap either. You still want a sparkling wine with a nice flavor, even if it is just a mixer, just make sure it’s not super sweet.
Here is my Grand Marnier and Champagne recipe:
Grand Marnier and Champagne
- 1 1/2 Ounces Grand Marnier
- 1/2 Ounce Aperol
- 3 Ounces Champagne
- 1/2 Orange Juice
- 1 Slice Orange
- Fill a highball glass with large ice cubes
- Add the juice of half an orange, the Aperol and Grand Marnier over the ice
- Top off with sparkling white wine, garnish with an orange slice