Why a sunrise drink?
Today, June 21, is the summer solstice. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the longest day of the year. What better way to commemorate this day than with a sunrise drink? (No, I don’t mean a drink at sunrise. Unless you are so inclined of course. No judging here!)
My first thought was tequila sunrise, but I wanted something different, so I tried a Mimosa.
Mimosa - always a good choice
So fun! I’m pretty sure you could drizzle grenadine into any orange juice based drink and make the lovely sunrise effect.
Did you know? The name grenadine originates from the French word grenade, which means pomegranate, pomme from the medieval Latin pōmum “apple” and grānātum “seeded”. Grenadine was originally prepared from pomegrante juice, sugar and water. Today, manufacturers have mostly replaced the fruit bases with artificial ingredients. However, pomegranate syrup found in many Middle Eastern grocery stores will serve as an authentic grenadine. (Source: Wikipedia)
What I like about this drink is that it is lighter, and suitable for brunches or other early get-togethers. Use it to toast the solstice this weekend!
I have written this Mimosa Sunrise recipe with a ratio of 50/50 champagne to orange juice. Feel free to adjust to personal preference.
- 4 oz orange juice*
- 4 oz champagne*
- 0.5-1 oz grenadine
- Pour the orange juice and champagne into a champagne flute or similar glass.
- Drizzle the grenadine in slowly, allowing it to settle at the bottom to create the sunrise effect.
- Garnish with orange slices and/or cherries as desired.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.