A beautifully set table awaits breakfast, as I prepare a platter of fresh fruit, homemade muffins, and granola. My mom is in the kitchen watching me work. I am very strategic about how I clean and prepare food, that I often turn down assistance when offered. I’m particularly strategic that Mother’s Day morning, with the order that I prepare things, because I was planning to pour real Champagne into my mimosa glass (instead of sparkling apple cider).
You see, not only does my mom personally not drink alcohol, but I grew up in a Seventh-day Adventist home, where alcohol consumption was right up there with breaking one of the Ten Commandments. Needless to say, if I wanted Champagne in my mimosa, I’d have to secretly find the right moment (when she wasn’t looking), to pour it into my glass.
I found that moment. I quickly poured the cheap Champagne I had in the fridge into my glass, and mixed it with blueberry-pomegranate juice. Everyone else had OJ and sparkling apple cider in their glass, but since I don’t like OJ, I had blue-pomegranate juice in mine. I brought the drinks out to the table and the minute my mom saw that my drink was different, she exclaimed, “Oooh I want to taste yours!”
I had no choice but to let her taste my drink. She took a sip. The look on her face was one of confusion and lack of response. That’s when I admitted that I had made my drink with real Champagne. If I remember right, her response was something like, “No you didn’t!” Thinking I was being sarcastic. But then to her shock and horror, I said “Umm, yeah, I did.” A moment of awkwardness presided, but the day carried on and nothing else was said of that incident.
Many years have passed since that event, and if I learned anything from that experience, it would be this: It’s best to pregame. LOL! Kidding… Perhaps more importantly, when holidays are centered around particular people, like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, etc., it’s best to respect the wishes of the person being celebrated. I mean, it’s their day, right?
Now, if MIMOSA basically spells Mother’s Day brunch, I have some recommendations for you!!
The wine: Lambrusco Prosecco.
Why? Because it’s a mid-range priced sparkling wine that tastes delish on its own as well as when mixed with juice.
The juice: Fresh squeezed orange juice. Or, change it up and offer options for Mom like Organic blueberry-pomegranate juice, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, etc.… Here’s an even crazier idea: mix the juices!
The glass: Flute glasses.
The recipe: Mix equal parts of sparkling wine and juice into flute glass.