Friday, November 30, 2007

Designated driver's delight: Orange Cream Mimosa

'Tis the season for festive holiday parties, and while a well-stocked bar is a key element for any successful celebration, it's also important to offer the designated drivers something a little more special than plain soda or sparkling water.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be bringing you some scrumptious nonalcoholic holiday quaffs that will earn rave reviews from drinkers and non-drinkers alike.

Today's teetotaler treat:

Orange Cream Mimosa

2 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (5 to 6 oranges)
1 orange, zested
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup superfine sugar
1 bottle nonalcoholic sparkling wine, cider, or ginger ale
Strawberries, for garnish

Combine orange juice, zest, half-and-half, and sugar into a blender and process until the sugar has dissolved, about 30 seconds. Pour this mixture into a shallow pan and freeze until hard, 4 hours or overnight.

Remove the frozen orange mixture from the freezer and let it sit to soften slightly, about 10 minutes. With a scoop or tablespoon, scrape out a small scoop and put it into a champagne glass. Slowly fill the glass with the nonalcoholic sparling wine, cider, or ginger ale, and serve garnished with strawberries.

Here's to a happy—and safe—holiday season, ladies!

(Source: Food Network)

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