The dawn light crests the horizon as the intrepid hunters wipe the sleep from their eyes, contemplating the revelry to come. The proud sportsmen don their finery in preparation of the morning’s chase and keep their thoughts on the prize awaiting them. Arrival at the storied meadows where this ritual has been performed for time immemorial is joined by a cacophony of participants and spectators. The sound of hounds baying in the background adds to the excitement. The moment is here and the revelers are aflame with anticipation of the moments soon approaching in which they shall bound through the wilderness before them in search of their quarry.
The game is afoot and the well-heeled huntsmen dart forth in search of their prey. Some will be greatly rewarded and some will fall, there will be jubilant shouts and cries of tired desperation as the remaining spoils are quickly rounded up by those who have long trained in this fine art. All for the gift of a brightly…colored…egg.
A little dramatic, but, how serious do your kids take it? The main thing is that now you have a bunch of cooked eggs just waiting for the application of dozens of recipes reserved for just this occasion. The one theme that can tie all of the disparate methods of preparation together is Bubbly. Call it sparkling wine, bubbly, Cava, Prosecco or true Champagne, they can all contribute to that one drink at which no one bats an eye, the Mimosa. Pour one dram of Scotch over a cube at breakfast and risk an intervention, but add a little orange juice to your sparkling wine and now it is brunch.
According to the International Bartender’s Association (IBA) the official recipe for the Mimosa calls for mixing equal parts Champagne and orange juice. A similar drink uses two parts OJ and one part Champagne and is known as a Buck’s Fizz. Both were invented in the early 1920’s and this has led to speculation as to which is the original. Either way, both are delicious ways to observe a hunt as well as perfect to wash down the spoils.
On the way to your hunt be sure and stop by Bubbles and pick up Mom’s Morning Mimosa. A bottle of Col Solivo Prosecco, an equal sized Orange juice, 2 champagne glasses (in case she lets Dad have some), all packaged in a pretty little Easter basket just for her. Remember, candy is dandy but Wine is Fine!!! Sale 10.99!!!
~ Randy Freeland ~
Price good through 4/8/15.