Mimosas pack flavor punch

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

Barrel Room

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

Brooklyn Girl

Aperol's Breakfast: Dolin Rouge, muddled orange and prosecco

Easy Like: violet liqueur, lemon juice, and prosecco

4033 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills; brooklyngirleatery.com

Cafe 21

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

Café Chloe

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

Great Maple

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 lauriedelk101@gmail.com.

Source: DiscoverSD

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