Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lean Libation: Tyler's Orange Cream Mimosa

Some mornings are just meant for mimosas. We occasionally indulge is this morning mixture of champagne and orange juice in our house. Most of the time it is a spontaneous thing (like this past Sunday). When Rudy asks, "Is there any champagne in the garage refrigerator?" before 11 am...you know it's gonna be one of those mornings.

Well in case you would like to put a little prep into your mimosas, this is a fabulous variation to the classic libation. While looking for cocktails to transform into "Lean Libations", I stumbled upon Tyler Florence's Orange Cream Mimosa recipe. Wow. They looked AND sounded incredible. Since I happened to have a large amount of SPLENDA ESSENTIALS on hand (Thanks, Splenda!), I was prepared to lighten this libation and test out a new kind of mimosa. You are gonna love this one!

ORANGE CREAM MIMOSA
Makes 10 Mimosas

INGREDIENTS
  • 2-1/2 cups Trop50 orange juice
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 cup FAT FREE half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup SPLENDA ESSENTIALS
  • 1 bottle Champagne
  • Strawberries, for garnish
** Want to leave out the alcohol & cut calories? Substitute Diet Gingerale for the Champagne.

DIRECTIONS

Put Trop 50 orange juice, zest, FAT FREE half-and-half, and SPLENDA ESSENTIALS 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.



Take the frozen orange mixture out of 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 Champagne (or Diet Gingerale) and serve garnished with strawberries.



RESULTS

I absolutely loved the way this turned out! I like regular Mimosas, but I don't like them too "orange-juicy". This is a little problem, cause then my Mimosas end up a bit heavy on the Champagne side. One of those and I'm ready for a mid-day nap! But with the orange cream, the orange flavor is still there, yet softened a bit. That's what makes them fabulous, to me.

NUTRITION FACTS (per Orange Cream Mimosa w/Champagne):

BEFORE: 199.6 calories /  2.91 g fat / 29.7 g carbohydrate / 1.21 g protein / .18 g fiber
AFTER: 89.6 calories / .34 g fat / 12.4 carbohydrate / .9 g protein / 4.7 g fiber
SAVES: 110 calories / 2.6 g fat / 17.6 g carbohydrate
ADDS: 4.68 g fiber

Add a little bubbly to next weekend and test out Tyler's Orange Cream Mimosas....Lean Libation style, of course!

Cheers!


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