The Bluffing Bubbly: A Spring-Themed, Winter-Time Mimosa

While it might not be spring quite yet, the strangely warm and rainy weather has been trying to fool me. Shedding off my coat and opening my windows are both trying to persuade me to begin planting. My lawn is barren from cutting down two trees earlier this winter, and I am anxiously waiting to cover the mud in grass seed. In fact, I have found myself several times in the garden section of Lowe’s, scouting out rakes.

Goals & Garbage - A photo of a mimosa

You don’t have to say it – I know I am impatient. The fact that it is winter still is definitely bumming me out.

Rather than let the blues of the beginning of the year take over, I decided that the best way to remedy this problem was with sparkling wine. As is usual, alcoholic grape soda is the answer to my problems (and celebrations, and boredom, and everything in-between), and it will definitely warm you up this winter too.

This mimosa is fruity, sweet and peppy, and will make you feeeeeel like it’s spring. If you try real hard. For a second. And then the added garnish of mint leaf, meant to be an ode to the still remaining winter, will zap you back into reality.

Goals & Garbage - A photo of a mimosa ingredients

Goals & Garbage - A photo of a mimosa ingredients

The Bluffing Bubbly: A Spring-Themed, Winter-Time Mimosa

Yields: 1 Pitcher

Goes great with: A cheesy breakfast burrito, veggie bacon, cashews and other assorted nuts, dreams of spring-time (sans allergies). 

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  • 4 lemons – set 1 aside for garnish
  • 1 box (170 grams) of raspberries – set aside some for garnish
  • 6 cups of orange juice
  • 2/3 cup of Vodka
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 box mint leave – set aside some for garnish



  1. In a blender, pour in 2 cups of orange juice, vodka, and 1 cup of raspberries. Use a knife to cut 3 lemons in half, and add the juice of these three in as well. Blend until all of the raspberries have been mixed in and you are left with a pretty liquid.
  2. Pour this mixture into your pitcher. Make sure to do this first.
  3. Add in remaining orange juice.
  4. Next, open your sparkling wine or champagne and pour on top of mixture. Use the wooden spoon to stir.
  5. Last, mix a portion of your mint leaves directly into the mixture with the wooden spoon.
  6. Cover and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes.
  7. Uncover and gently pour mixture into wine glasses. Garnish with mint, raspberries and lemon peel from remaining lemon.
  8. Enjoy!

Goals & Garbage - A photo of a mimosa ingredients

Goals & Garbage - A photo of a mimosa and veggie burrito

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