Recently I was invited to mix a drink for the FGI Meet the Press Event. I had free creative reign for the cocktail so brainstorming was a bit nerve-racking. What alcohol to use?! Keep it simple or go crazy?! What if they hate it?! The list of worries goes on. So I decided to come up with a drink that is comprised of my favorite things. That way, even if the attendees weren't fans, I would still love drinking it (and there will be gallons for me to partake in). And from anxiety and selfish nature, the Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa was born. It debuted at the event last night and was the star of the show. The fresh fruit provides a powerful flavor which I think is perfect to sip alongside light appetizers like cheese or fruit. It was easy to prepare so anyone can recreate it at home with just a little time. If you are having a party, the base mixture can be made in the morning and served at night. That means once your guests arrive, just add champagne and voila - you are a stress free cocktail goddess.
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serving at the FGI event
Strawberry Lemonade Mimosa
recipe by Mimosas in the Morning
2 bottles of Simply Lemonade
1 empty bottle of Simply Lemonade
4 pints of fresh strawberries
2 frozen cans of raspberry lemonade concentrate (12oz)
3 bottles of Champagne (chilled)
Begin by washing and removing the stems from all of the strawberries. Once you have finished, start to puree them. I use a Magic Bullet and completely fill it with strawberries, then pouring some of the simply lemonade on top. You want the lemonade to reach about half way up the container so the mixture is not too chunky once it is blended. After each batch, pour the pureed strawberries into your empty bottle of simply lemonade. Once you are finished, if you are able to combine all the lemonade and strawberry puree in to one container, this would be best. However, if you are preparing ahead of time and your space does not allot for this-try to maneuver each bottle so it is filled with half lemonade, half strawberry mixture and then store them in the refrigerator until you can combine them all at the time of your event. All three of your bottles should be full. Before sealing, add a large fresh squeezed lemon to each. When you are ready to serve, combine the lemonade mixture, champagne, and two cans of frozen concentrate in a punch container.