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The Mimosa is the turkey sandwich of the cocktail world. The day after Thanksgiving, the turkey sandwich is resplendent--slathered in mayonnaise, cranberry sauce, and thick, juicy chunks of turkey meat. Every other day, it's meh.
Too often there's little or no thought to the measure or value of ingredients in a Mimosa. Fresh juice? Forget about it. Instead, when brunch rolls around you're lucky to get Sunny D mixed with a five-dollar bottle of sparkling wine. So who cares if it's unlimited with the purchase of eggs and bacon? I'd just as soon nurse my Sunday morning DTs with beer suds.
Yet beer does lack some imagination on the one day a week that allows for multiple beverages to be served simultaneously: coffee, OJ, water, and a Bloody Mary. Not to mention that historically there was an entire class of morning drinks that served just this purpose with appropriate titles to their curative capabilities--corpse revivers, fog cutters, eye openers, and morning glories. So let's review some other options, shall we?
1.) The Ramos Gin Fizz: I've already admitted the bartender hates you so why not just go ahead and order despite the 12-minute shaking time? Made with gin, eggs, cream, sugar, lemon, lime and, orange blossom flower water, it resembles a Sprite milkshake and is well worth the effort. Just make sure to reward your bartender accordingly.