Nucleus Mimosa

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Cocktail History

The Nucleus Mimosa is a brunch bubbly cocktail recipe that we recreated after trying an ombré mimosa at The Nucleus on Water Street in our hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Similar to the classic mimosa, this is a simple drink made with orange juice and sparkling wine with the addition for cranberry juice for more color and tartness.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Sparkling Wine: This is the base spirit. It makes the drink boozy and adds bubbly’s sparkling wine flavor and effervescence. We used Villa Bellezza Winery’s Brillante because it was our wedding wine and we love its light and airy taste. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the wine.

Orange Juice: This is the base of the drink. It adds all of the orange flavor and tang. We typically use fresh orange juice instead of the bottled stuff, but you can get away with using Simply Orange Juice for a cocktail like this one. We find this brand to be higher quality and lower in sugar content than some alternatives.

Cranberry Juice: This is floated in the bottom of the glass. It gives the drink its beautiful layered effect and adds cranberry flavor. We used Simply’s Cranberry Cocktail because it’s closer to a true cranberry juice and again uses less sugar.

Lime Slice: This is the garnish. It adds a hint of lime’s sourness when squeezed into the glass at the end.

Tasting Notes

The Nucleus Mimosa features aromas of citrus and dry wine and has the delicious combined tastes of orange juice and sparkling wine with just a bit of tartness from the cranberry and lime.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While more so about presentation than flavor, the two unique additions make this mimosa one of the most delicious ones we’ve had yet.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“As with any other mimosa, I definitely enjoyed this drink. The Nucleus, a local brunch restaurant, goes above and beyond with their presentation of this one. Layering drinks is usually a pretty fun time, especially when it’s as easy as this one was, and we had a great time making, photographing, and drinking it.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I don’t drink much orange juice, but I will when the reward of getting slightly buzzed at brunch is in it for me. This mimosa in particular tastes very similar to the classic, but its presentation is *chef’s kiss* There’s a reason it’s become so iconic at The Nucleus in Eau Claire. When you see a waiter walk by with a tray of these beauties, it’s hard to resist ordering one. And now you can make it from the comfort of your own home!”

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 4 oz Sparkling Wine
 4 oz Orange Juice
 1 oz Cranberry Juice
 1 Lime Slice

Method
1

Add orange juice to a champagne glass.

2

Top with sparkling wine.

3

Slowly pour cranberry juice down one side of the glass so it sinks to the bottom.

4

Gently squeeze lime slice over top.

5

Garnish with lime slice.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 4 oz Sparkling Wine
 4 oz Orange Juice
 1 oz Cranberry Juice
 1 Lime Slice

Directions

Method
1

Add orange juice to a champagne glass.

2

Top with sparkling wine.

3

Slowly pour cranberry juice down one side of the glass so it sinks to the bottom.

4

Gently squeeze lime slice over top.

5

Garnish with lime slice.

Nucleus Mimosa

Make It a Mocktail: Use Gruvi Non-Alcoholic Prosecco in place of the wine to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Riedel 4441/55 Extreme Rose/Champagne Wine Glass Set of 4
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Riedel Ouverture Wine Glass, 12 Count (Pack of 1), Red & White & Champagne
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Riedel 6409/0 Heart to Heart Crystal Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Glass (4 Pack)
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OXO Good Grips 3 Piece Squeeze & Pour Silicone Measuring Cup Set
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More Brunch Cocktails

If you like this brunch cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

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Garibaldi Cocktail Recipe

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French Toast Flip Cocktail Recipe

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