This alcohol free orange ginger sparkler is made with ginger beer for a healthier twist on a mimosa. It’s perfect for kids at new year’s or anyone who’s abstaining from alcohol, and tastes surprisingly similar to a classic champagne mimosa.
I wrote the idea for this recipe down as “new year’s drink (pomegranate?)” and ended up mixing a few things I had on hand to make an alcohol-free winter mimosa that reminds me a bit of a melba, too. So if you’re like me and not a fan of alcohol, you can ring in the new year with some gut-healthy ginger beer instead. This is a great option for kids, too, or anyone who’s trying to keep a pregnancy under wraps for a little longer. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this orange ginger sparkler and a normal mimosa. This is definitely a better brunch option if you’re not planning on getting day drunk, or if you’re hoping to avoid your first hangover of 2018. Anyone else having a hard time believing this year is over already?!
This isn’t much of a recipe, really, just a couple of ingredients served in a fancy glass. Think of it more as inspiration. If you want to, you can substitute kombucha for the ginger beer but either add a little extra ginger juice, or choose ginger kombucha if you go that route. A couple little things – you can, of course, make as big of a batch of this as you’d like to serve a large group. I don’t recommend mixing it ahead of time and leaving it out in a punch bowl as the bubbles will dissipate, but you can mix it in bottles ahead of time. I use homemade ginger beer but it’s pretty easy to find these days, and if you can’t, then just use kombucha or another fizzy fermented drink. I think it’d be pretty with a little blood orange or pomegranate juice to make a pink sparkler, too.
Okay, I’m out! I just wanted to share a little new year’s recipe before the big day, and there’s another one coming tomorrow for a killer mezze.
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Orange Ginger Beer Sparkler
- 125 ml / 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon ginger juice optional*
- Pomegranate arils
- 500 ml / 2 cups ginger beer
Split the orange juice evenly between four champagne flutes and add the ginger juice and pomegranate arils. Top with ginger beer and serve immediately.
* I use ginger juice to make the ginger flavour pop a little more, but if your ginger beer is already very spicy, don't worry about it.