Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ORANGES! (A Cocktail And Floral Arrangement)

My inspiration for today's post is oranges!

I thought I'd share a delicious brunch cocktail with you! (I would have used it for my Mother's Day Brunch, but my mom and mother-in-law don't drink so I didn't think it would be appropriate. ;) It's one that my bestie shared with me quite a few years ago and it's still one of my favs. It's basically a fun twist on a mimosa. The great thing about it is that it makes a large quantity, but has to say frozen. So once you prepare it, you can literally just take it out of the freezer and use it anytime you'd like.

Orange Cream Mimosa
by Tyler Florence


2 1/2 cups orange juice (he recommends freshly squeezed - I just use store bought)
1 orange, zested
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup superfine sugar
1 bottle sparkling wine or Champagne*

*Non-alcoholic sparkling wine, sparkling cider, or ginger ale can be substituted


Put orange juice, zest, half-and-half, and sugar into a blender and process until the sugar has dissolved, about 30 seconds. Pour this mixture into a shallow pan and freeze until hard, 4 hours or overnight.

Remove the frozen orange mixture from the freezer and let it sit to soften slightly, about 10 minutes. With a scoop or tablespoon, scrape out a small scoop and put it into a Champagne glass. Slowly add the champagne. Enjoy! (I also jazzed up the glass rim with pink sugar crystals!)

And while I was on an "orange kick", I started brainstorming about a potential floral arrangement. I wanted to somehow incorporate the oranges. I decided to slice them in half and put a skewer through them. (In hindsight I should have bought floral sticks since they are darker green in color and would camouflage better.)

My finished product!

I hope I have inspired you to not only alter your mimosas the next time you fix them, but to also try and incorporate different fruits in your centerpieces. (Lemons would look great too!)


  1. That sounds delicious! Especially the pink sugar rim--yum!! The flowers look super pretty too :)

  2. Can't wait to try this!! Have a great day

  3. Ummmmmmmm that looks so amazing!!!! Saving this for future use!

  4. It looks delicious!!! I love your floral arrangement too - it's such a great idea!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  5. Love that flower arrangement! It's also pretty to put fruit down in the bottom of the vase too! And that cocktail- yum!!! Have a great day!

  6. Orange cream mimosas sounds so good and very refreshing! Thanks for the share, will have to try the recipe soon!

  7. Yum, I definitely want a mimosa now :) those flowers look great. I bet you could do that with lemons too!

  8. annnnd now I'm thirsty :)

  9. I absolutely adore this fun twist on the classic mimosa - pinning it now for my next brunch!

  10. I saw your flowers today and loved the addition of the oranges. Also, we could have taste tested the non-alcoholic version of this. It sounds delicious!

  11. OMG this looks delicious! I need to start creating more champagne cocktails. Champagne is so good! If you're interested I would love it if you stopped by and linked this up on my blog for Thursty Thursday. It's a great addition to the ones linked up already! Cheers!

  12. What a fantastic cocktail! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  13. Yum and pretty :) Love finding new bloggers and cocktails through the linkup :)
    The Lady Lawyer

  14. This is equal parts beautiful and delicious!! I love anything citrus, and add in champagne and it's basically perfect! I love the coordinating floral piece - so pretty! Thanks for linking up with us and excited to catch up on some of your past posts :)