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Wanna host a killer brunch but not get stuck playing bartender all day? Celebrate Easter (or anything, really) with a tasty homemade meal and a Belle Isle Mimosa Bar! We called on our good friend and hostess with the mostest Erica Key, of the award-winning blog Eating with Erica, to show us how it's done!
Can you believe Easter is less than two weeks away? The year is flying by, and I am over the moon to welcome Spring. If you are hosting Easter this year (or any spring gathering for that matter) and are looking for an eye-catching cocktail to keep your guests entertained with minimal work, this Belle Isle Mimosa Bar is for you. I absolutely LOVE mimosa bars. They are so simple to create, they are so tasty, and they leave your guests self-sufficient. Which means you can keep hosting without making cocktails every five minutes.
This year, my mimosas are stronger since I will be dealing with my family. We're taking it to the next level with a shot of Belle Isle Black Label! To create the ultimate Belle Isle Mimosa, I added orange juice, champagne, and a shot of Belle Isle Black Label served in a Champagne flute with a strawberry.
When creating your mimosa bar, location is key. I chose a spot for my bar that wasn't in the way of where I was cooking and wouldn't make anyone else feel like they were in the way either. I set up about 8-10 glasses and added adorable bunny straws (purchased at the Dollar Store). I then purchased carafes for the juice. Typically orange is the standard for mimosas, but it's always okay to think outside the box. I wanted to give my guests some options, so I used pineapple juice and cranberry juice in addition to the orange juice. You can also use raspberry lemonade or pomegranate juice.
I made sure to provide a Belle Isle ice bucket, since I wanted to make sure the champagne and Belle Isle Black Label were chilled at all times. I then purchased clear containers to place the fruit in. I used wine glasses, but you can also use clear glass bowls. I am a fanatic for berries, so the more berries the better. Berries are awesome garnishes, and who doesn't love a pretty mimosa? I used strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. You can get really creative with garnishes! Other garnishes that would be great here are mint, different sugar rims, and oranges. To give my mimosa bar the full pizazz, I added Easter decor: egg baskets with eggs, egg-shaped candies, really cute napkins, and the bunny straws.
No matter what your plans are this Easter make sure you have fun, enjoy your loved ones, and have a mimosa.
How To Create Belle Isle Moonshine Mimosa Bar
1 Cup of Strawberries
1 Cup of Blueberries
1 Cup of Blackberries
1 Cup of Raspberries
1 Bottle of Champagne
1 Bottle of Belle Isle
Set up mimosa bar: Make sure to include glasses, Easter decor, carafes of juice, ice buckets, Belle Isle Black Label , and Champagne.
Fill Champagne flutes half way with juice, add one shot of Belle Isle Black Label, and top off with Champagne. Garnish to your liking.
Recipes & post by Erica Key, editor-in-chief and founder of Eating with Erica.
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Belle Isle Moonshine is a premium, handcrafted spirit proudly hailing from Richmond, Virginia.
We take the name Belle Isle from a small, 540-acre island located smack dab in the middle of the James River where Civil War soldiers used surplus corn rations to make moonshine in copper kettles.
Belle Isle Moonshine is distilled from 100% organic corn, grown by three family farms and responsibly sourced. Once triple-distilled, we charcoal filter Belle Isle four times over. Then, we cut it with purified water right from the James River. Our infusions are made with 100% real ingredients, never artificial flavors or color. We use real grapefruits sourced from Texas and California, local honey from the Shenandoah Valley, organic habaneros grown an hour away, and freshly roasted coffee beans from the most socially conscious roastery in Richmond, Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.
From there, each bottle of Belle Isle Moonshine is filled, corked, labeled, and packed by hand by our Production team, who check each bottle and batch for quality assurance. Since Belle Isle is made in small batches, you can find the batch number handwritten in the bottom right corner of each bottle.
Distilled from good times and 100% organic corn.