Mimosas aren’t just orange juice and $5 “Champagne” anymore. With the craft cocktail movement alive and well in San Diego, bartenders and mixologists are conjuring up creative riffs on the classic weekend beverage and taking our brunches to exciting heights. Put these on your list — here are some of the latest must-try mimosa-ish concoctions:
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
Spritzfaced: Carpano Bianco vermouth, absinthe, fresh grapefruit juice, sparkling rosé
2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill; bankershillsd.com
White Port Passionfruit Mimosa: Siroco white port, passion fruit simple syrup, muddled strawberry, mint, sparkling wine
Mimosa Mule: ginger beer, Angostura bitters, fresh lime, mint, sparkling wine
Blueberry Lemonade Mimosa: blueberry juice, lemonade, fresh blueberries, sparkling wine
16765 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo; tbrsd.com
Aperol’s Breakfast: Dolin Rouge, muddled orange and prosecco
Easy Like: violet liqueur, lemon juice, and prosecco
4033 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills; brooklyngirleatery.com
Mimosa Flight: Your pick of six styles (every day!). Note: On busy weekends, it’s bartender’s choice.
Apple Sage: fresh squeezed apple juice, housemade sage simple syrup, sparkling wine, sage sprig
802 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, and 2736 Adams Ave., University Heights; cafe-21.com
Find a wealth of choices in their mimosa twists, with pomegranate or lavender lemon (THE fan favorite), a refreshing Sorbet Mimosa, or French-y Lillet Blanc Mimosa.
721 Ninth Ave., East Village; cafechloe.com
Catania Coastal Italian
Go savory with their herbaceous Prosecco Cocktail: rosemary, Italian bitters, prosecco
7863 Girard Ave., La Jolla; cataniasd.com
Cusp Dining & Drinks
Opening Day: Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, Luxardo Maraschino Cherry liqueur, Taittinger rosé (yes, you read that right), OJ and orange bitters. Insider tip: They run a special on Wednesday nights with Taittinger rosé for $4 a glass at 4 p.m., $5 at 5 p.m. and so on.
7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla; cusprestaurant.com
This insanely popular breakfast and brunch spot gives you a few choices on the mimosa front. The Watermelon Lemon Presse keeps it fresh and summery, while the Poire William Pear and French Violet are classics at the Maple.
1451 Washington St., Hillcrest; thegreatmaple.com
Herb & Wood
Bubbles & Berries: housemade strawberry syrup, orange bitters, prosecco
2210 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy; herbandwood.com
Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge
Mimosa Kit: For those traditionalists, Leroy’s encourages a variety of flavors outside of orange with your bubbles. Giving you choice of three fresh-squeezed juices, including grapefruit, orange, peach, blood orange, passion fruit and strawberry), the kit is served with fresh berries and your choice of four different bottles of bubbles, from a Crémant de Limoux from France at $30 to a knock-your-socks off grower Champagne at $95. Bring your friends.
1015 Orange Ave., Coronado; leroyskitchenandlounge.com
Soda & Swine
Mentioned recently in a Slushie cocktail article, no mimosa roundup would be complete without their Champagne Slushie. In addition to regular flavors peach and pomegranate, look for a seasonally rotating menu of flavors made with fresh fruits, housemade gomme syrups, various bitters and fortified wines.
2750 Dewey Road, Suite 104, Liberty Station in Point Loma, and 2943 Adams Ave., North Park; sodaandswine.com
With 18 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 850 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @100beers30days or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to firstname.lastname@example.org.