National Mimosa Day Date in the current year: May 16, 2024

National Mimosa Day National Mimosa Day is observed annually on May 16. It celebrates a signature brunch cocktail that is easy to make and immensely popular in many countries of the world.

The mimosa is a popular mixed drink that consists of equal parts of sparkling wine and orange juice. The cocktail is believed to have originated in eastern Spain centuries ago, where both oranges and sparkling wines are common. However, the name “mimosa” wasn’t used back then.

The first “official” cocktail composed of sparkling wine and orange juice was Buck’s Fizz. First served in 1921 at Buck’s Club in London, it is made by mixing two parts champagne or another sparkling wine and one part orange juice.

The mimosa was invented at Paris’s Ritz Hotel four years later. Unlike Buck’s Fizz, it consists of equal parts of sparkling wine and orange juice. The cocktail was named after the mimosa plant because it has the same color as its bright yellow flowers.

The mimosa can be made with any kind of sparkling wine such as champagne, crémant, prosecco, cava, etc. Dry or semi-dry wine is considered the best choice for this cocktail. Chilled wine is mixed with chilled orange juice and served cold, but without ice in a tall champagne glass (flute). Mimosas are often served at brunches and wedding receptions. The cocktail is also associated with first class or business service on some airlines.

Like many mixed drinks, the mimosa has multiple variations; they typically consist of sparkling wine, some sort of juice, and sometimes additional ingredients. For example, the poinsettia is a mixture of sparkling wine, cranberry juice, and triple sec. The lemosa consists of lemonade, sparkling wine, and blueberry syrup.

The apple cider mimosa, made of apple cider and champagne or prosecco, is called the Vermosa because it originated in the state of Vermont. The megmosa substitutes grapefruit juice for orange juice. The pineapple mimosa, also known as soleil (French for “sun”), substitutes pineapple juice for orange juice.

The origin of many unofficial food days is unclear, but National Mimosa Day is an exception. It was invented by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, nicknamed the “Queen of Holidays” due to having written thousands of articles covering various holidays and created a few holidays of her own.

The best way to celebrate National Mimosa Day is to have a couple of mimosas with your brunch or invite your friends over for a cocktail party. Don’t forget to snap a photo of your mimosa before enjoying it and share the picture on social media with the hashtag #NationalMimosaDay to spread the word about the holiday and encourage your followers to celebrate it, too.

National Mimosa Day isn’t the only holiday celebrating a mixed drink. Other cocktail-themed observances include National Bloody Mary Day (January 1), National Brandy Alexander Day (January 31), National Margarita Day (February 22), National Mint Julep Day (May 30), National Piña Colada Day (July 10), National Daiquiri Day (July 19), and Peru’s National Pisco Sour Day (first Saturday of February).

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