When I was getting my undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, football was an excuse to stock up on sundress and pregame all day. Now that I’m living in a college town with a huge football following, I’ve had to readjust my attitude towards college football. People actually attend the games and they dress in their best maize (read: yellow) and blue. That being said, University of Michigan fans still love to tailgate so I’ve been able to perfect my favorite early morning beverage: mimosa slushies!
The first time I tasted a frozen mimosa was actually during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It was my first time visiting the city and I fell in love with so many parts of it – the food, the festivities, everyone’s enthusiasm to dress up in costume and of course, the drinks. The hurricanes in the French Quarter were a little much for me but the memories of drinking those frozen mimosas while we watched the parade floats go by have stayed with me over the years.
Much like hurricanes weren’t my scene 5 years ago, I’m not really on board with the beer-before-breakfast approach that 9am tailgate call for. Luckily I’ve got wine glass to-go cups so I can BYOB with my mimosa slushies.
The leaves are falling off the trees in Michigan but it’s still 80 degrees most days so I’ll definitely be continuing to bring these mimosa slushies to game-day festivities. Not that I’m disliking the never-ending summer but I’ve got a stack of sweaters I bought during the Nordstrom sale this summer that I’ve been dying to show off so some slightly cooler days would be appreciated. Also the only Michigan gear I have is cold-weather gear so I’ve been scrambling on game day to find weather-appropriate fan gear. Should I just buy a t-shirt so I stop having this issue? Definitely. Will I continue to procrastinate until the weather gets cold so this isn’t even an issue? Absolutely.
Do you have a favorite tailgate drink? Drop it in the comments and I’ll give it a try! I’ve got quite a few game days ahead of me so I’m looking forward to trying more drinks and treats out throughout the fall!
- 2 cups of orange juice
- 2 cups of sparkling wine
- Combine two cups of orange juice with 1 cup of the sparkling wine. Pour into an ice mold. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
- When ready to serve, transfer ice cubes to a blender and blend until no longer solid. It will take on a slushy texture. Divide among two wine glasses and top with the rest of the sparkling wine. Enjoy immediately!