National Mimosa Day is May 16th

Mimosas at Waterbar
Mimosas at Waterbar

Crisp and sprightly orange juice cradled by champagne bubbles – there’s no better start to your day! We’re talking mimosas, people, and while the classic OJ and bubbles version bestows nothing short of a good time, there’s no denying that this brunch staple has taken on illustrious renditions worth trying. Check out these exotic takes on the old school mimosa, showing that mixologists can always find a way to shake things up (not too hard, though, because champagne), especially on National Mimosa Day!

Just steps from the water in Pacific Beach, Waterbar is a brunching destination for those seeking an ocean-front view to pair with their bubbles. Hit up Waterbar’s weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and try your hand at their Blood Orange Ginger or Blackberry Basil Mimosa matched with crave-worthy French Toast, topped with sticky toffee sauce, bruleed banana, candied pecans and seasonal berries.

Situated in Hillcrest, Liberty Station and Pacific Beach, Fig Tree Cafe slings a killer brunch menu, complete with breakfast classics as well as innovative options suited to every palate. Boost your immune health while getting your mimosa fix with a sparkling glass of their Antioxidant Mimosa, brimming with your choice of acai, goji or mangosteen, intermingled with effervescent bubbles. Curb your appetite with one of their house specialties, including their Breakfast Sushi, crafted with three bacon rolls (baked with brown sugar and paprika), rice, scrambled eggs, scallions, fresh fruit and plum sauce.

Indulge in a sensational brunch at Toast Gastrobrunch in Carlsbad, and introduce your taste buds to their Paradise Pear Mimosa, a resplendent medley of pear sorbet and champagne, or take a more floral route with their Hibiscus Mimosa, an aromatic creation infused with hibiscus simple syrup, and finished with bubbly and a flower garnish. Avoid the dreaded day-drinking crash and pair your mimosas with one of Toast’s popular dishes, like the Instagrammable Eggs in Purgatory, made with a sourdough bread bowl, pork belly, feta and a sunny side-up egg.

Backyard Kitchen and Tap in Pacific Beach knows how difficult it can be to choose your brunch libation, so they’ve created a tantalizing mimosa flight for every palate. With four unique drinks included, like the Fall Harvest (vodka, apple and cinnamon) or Winter Rose (rose and grapefruit), these aren’t your typical mimosas. They also pour up delicious and classic Premium Mimosas if you’re looking to keep it simple. Paired with their famous Country Chicken n’ Waffle, topped with country sausage gravy and spicy maple syrup, you’ll have a brunch fit for royalty.

Relax on the patio at Park 101 in Carlsbad this coming weekend and soak in the sunshine and their Mimosa Carafes, featuring a whole bottle of Cupcake Prosecco and your choice of orange juice, guava or strawberry puree. Or, swing by for a mid-week pick-me-up at Moms Who Mimosa on Tuesdays – starring $15 Cupcake Prosecco & Rose Bottles. Balance the bubbly with one of Park 101’s Acai Bowls, like the Ponto Bowl, made with acai, orange juice, honey and banana blended together and then topped with seasonal fruit, granola and honey.

Mimosas are the only thing worth getting out of bed for on a Saturday morning – thankfully, these San Diego eateries are pouring up glasses, flights and carafes of weekend fuel!