All About Apple
Spice up a weekend morning with a twist on the basic mimosa.
I am a mother of a three-year-old, so I am very familiar with all things apple: apple sauce, apple juice, apple chips, apple oatmeal, apple slices and, more so in the winter months, apple cider.
It is so cute to watch my son spoon his apple oatmeal into his mouth all by himself with his sticky little fingers each morning. When he grabs the apple slices and alternates bite for bite with our dog, as slobber strings from mouth to mouth, I feel a sense of pride that he is eating healthy and encouraging our pet as well.
On those rare occasions when my spouse and I get a peaceful, quiet morning to ourselves, we like to relax with a mimosa in hand. I have made my morning mimosa with all types of juice from the fridge, but my Apple Cider Mimosa is by far the best. It’s fancy without being fussy and super easy to make.
By combining apple cider, a splash of apple brandy and Champagne, a unique effervescent mimosa is created. The Champagne cuts the apple cider’s sweetness, while the brandy adds an undertone kick. Apple brandy or “applejack” is a liquor made from fermented and distilled apples. The bold flavor is indicative of fresh apples, butter and burnt sugar with a distinct apple fragrance. The type of Champagne you use is up to you, but I recommend choosing something dry like a brut, which is actually drier than dry or even extra dry, to keep the drink from being overly sweet.
The signature flavors in this drink make it the perfect cozy cocktail for winter. With my gas logs on high and my oversized sweatpants pulled over my feet, I take a few moments to myself in my favorite recliner with this Apple Cider Mimosa. After that final sip, I stand up and head for the kitchen, not realizing I have apple chips stuck to my bottom …