Sunday we woke up to mimosas. What better way to start a lazy Sunday and perhaps a little something in bed as well. I ensured a little zing in these mimosas by using the recipe from Romancing the Stove for Lemongrass Infused Tangerine Mimosas.
I prepared a head of time by making the Lemongrass Syrup. In a small saucepan I brought to boil and then simmered for 30 minutes 2 stalks lemongrass (this can be found in Asian specialty shops), 1/4 cup sugar, and half cup of water. Once the sauce was reduced to half I allow the syrup to steep until cool then strained out the lemongrass and chilled the mixture.
So, Sunday morning all I had to do is add 1 teaspoon of lemongrass syrup to each champagne flute and then 2 oz. of orange juice (preferably tangerine juice – Odwalla has a good one). Then I simply topped each flute with chilled champagne.
It was a pleasant surprise for my husband then once he took a sip and tasted the sweet lemony flavor on top of the classic mimosa, he was astounded by the efforts I had put in. I Asian cultures, lemongrass has been accredited with effecting the libido. The Vitamin C in the orange juice acts on the endocrine glands in general and vitamin E has a direct influence because it acts on the reproductive organs. Is there any question about Champagne’s ability? It is one of the world’s most potent natural aphrodisiacs. The steady stream of delicate bubbles in Champagne hits the blood stream more quickly than still wine, giving a flush of delightfully giddy fizz. It has its value in the fact that it offers the same antioxidants as red wines and nutritional benefit not found in still wines. The tiny bubbles not only tickle the nose and elevate mood but they may help brain function. The best part is that the scent of dry Champagne replicates the delicate aromas of female pheromones.