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
- 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
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.
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!