Spiced Orange Mimosas

TOTAL TIME: 55 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive Prep: 35 min
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 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
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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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