Orange Juice Ice Cubes Keep Mimosas Cold Without Watering Them Down

Many mimosa lovers have been there; you've chilled the sparkling wine and used orange juice to make your favorite summery cocktail. Only, now you add ice cubes to it and taste the flavor begin to dull as they slowly melt. While mimosas are usually made without ice cubes, it's sometimes unavoidable in the sweltering heat. Fortunately, watered-down mimosas don't have to be the bane of your brunches — not when orange juice ice cubes are a surefire way to keep them cold while boosting their fruity flavor.

In fact, generally speaking, flavored ice cubes are the key to jazzing up your cocktails. They are also really easy to make. For mimosas, all you have to do is pour orange juice into a clean ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer. You can use whatever ice cube tray you have on hand; however, silicone trays or molds are one of the best ways to make ice cubes as they are much easier to empty. Fill your Champagne flute with a couple before you add the sparking wine or Champagne, and you are sure to enjoy your mimosa for longer, regardless of how quickly the cubes melt. The orange ice cubes will likely sweeten your mimosa as they melt, so be sure to adjust your sparkling wine-to-orange juice ratios according to your taste.

More tips for ice cold mimosas

If you are feeling especially playful, or want to add a little color and interesting flavors to your mimosa, you can drop a couple of extras into your orange juice ice cubes. For instance, cranberries and pomegranate seeds will make for a blush in your glass — just add fresh cranberries or pomegranate seeds to the ice cube tray before pouring in the orange juice. Fresh herbs — like rosemary, thyme, basil, and mint — will also add subtle flavor to your mimosas. Simply drop fresh sprigs of your preferred herb, and then top that off with the orange juice. For more complex tastes and color ranges, you can combine the fruit and herbs in your orange juice ice cubes.

Who says you can't also break the orange juice tradition with your mimosas? For a frothy version, try fluffy orange juice and see if you feel a difference. Otherwise, there's a range of other juice types that you can use when making this refreshing cocktail, including both citrus and non-citrus choices. Some of these include grapefruit, cranberry, pineapple, and pomegranate juice. The great thing about these is you can still use the specific juice to make ice cubes. For an apple cider mimosa, make apple cider ice cubes using small pieces of fresh orange peels together with a tiny piece of cinnamon stick. Place these in the ice cube tray, and top that off with cider before placing it in the freezer.