A lucky New Year's Day brunch calls for something simple and bubbly to begin the year on a festive note, and I have just the thing. It's hardly groundbreaking — we all know and love the classic brunch mimosa — but grapefruit puts such a refreshing edge on this old favorite. And with just two ingredients it can't be beat for simplicity.
And since we're entering high citrus season, I scooped up a box of kumquats to make a whimsical garnish. Why not perch a roly-poly kumquat on the edge of a glass, and have a sip of bubbly to toast the new year for luck.
Grapefruit Mimosas for a Crowd
3 cups unsweetened grapefruit juice, chilled
One (750ml) bottle dry sparkling wine, chilled
8 to 10 kumquats
Fill a champagne coupe or flute about 1/2 full with grapefruit juice, then top off with dry sparkling wine and stir lightly.
Make a slit lengthwise in a kumquat and slide it on the edge of the glass. Serve (and sip) immediately.
Non-alcoholic note: For a nonalcoholic sparkler, replace the sparkling wine with chilled tonic water.
Happy New Year!
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(Images: Faith Durand)