Spiced Orange Mimosas

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
35 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 16 cloves
  • 8 pods cardamom
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice (about 10 navel oranges)
  • 1 bunch fresh lemon balm, pummelled
  • 2 cups prosecco
  • Fresh orange slices, for garnish
Directions

Making the orange juice mixture: Put the sugar, cloves, cardamom, bay leave, star anise, lemongrass and 1/2 cup water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the spices release their flavor, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool for another 5 minutes. Combine the spice mixture and orange juice in a bowl, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Once chilled, strain and discard the spices.

Take 4 champagne flutes. Put 4 lemon balm leaves into each glass and bruise the leaves with a muddler. Pour 1/2 cup juice and 1/2 cup prosecco into each glass. Decorate with fresh orange slices.


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