With the current situation sweeping the globe, we have been restricted to isolating in our own humble abodes. For weeks now, all special occasions, dinners, coffee catch-ups and spontaneous nights out have been culled from our calendars, and it's been tough to say the least.
With Mother's Day just around the corner and quarantine still very much here to stay for the next few weeks, we have devised a very special DIY project for you and your household to prepare for that wonderful Mum in your life. Bars and restaurants may be closed in Bowen, but yours isn't! Without further ado, we give to you, our do-it-yourself (DIY) mimosa bar guide.
First things first, an introduction to the mimosa. For those of you who are not familiar with this cocktail, it’s a simple concoction of juice, preferably orange, and sparkling wine or Champagne. Given the fact that they contain fruit juice, they're typically served at special occasion breakfasts and brunches but it isn't uncommon to see them on cocktail bar menus.
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We’ve enlisted the help of Grand View Liquor who are currently still open for business and offering their same amazing service along with unbeatable prices. You’ll be able to pick up a number of the required items from Grand View Liquor ahead of the big day from alcohol, to juice and even a bag of ice to keep your drinks cool while on display in your makeshift bar.
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What you’ll need:
- 4 Champagne flutes
- 2 bottles of sparkling wine or Champagne
- 5 glass carafes (to hold each juice)
- orange juice (pulp free is best)
- pear juice
- mango juice
- pomegranate juice
- pineapple juice
- 1 punnet of strawberries
- 1 punnet of blackberries
- 1 punnet of blueberries
- Fresh mint
- Four small serving dishes for berries and mint
- Champagne tub
- 5 tent cards for juices
Step 1: Clear a large space - this can be your kitchen bench, a dining table or even a buffet.
Step 2: Set up the Champagne flutes and the Champagne bath at opposite ends of the bar.
Step 3: Place the four small serving dishes at one end of your bar then fill with berries and mint, keeping each variety separate.
Step 4: Place the carafes in line and fill with juice. Ensure each carafe is clearly labelled using the tent cards.
Step 5: Fill the Champagne bath with ice and place Champagne bottles in tub.
Step 6: Now you're ready to start serving guests! Start by adding your fruit garnishes in the bottom of the Champagne flute, then add juice and finally top with Champagne or sparkling wine. Ensure the ratio is kept 2 parts juice to 1 part Champagne or sparkling wine.
To top off your efforts add a few nibbles to the mix to ensure your guests, Mum included, don’t go hungry. Think pastries, fruit, whatever takes your fancy. Then crank some groovy bar tunes and settle in for a morning enjoyed by all!
And there you have the perfect handcrafted gift to impress your wonderful Mum for Mother's Day this year.
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