Cocktail O’Clock: The Manmosa

For an unknown reason, I find day drinking more socially acceptable when it’s warm and sunny outside. Given the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having for the past few months, my spring (and end of winter) have seen their fair share of drunk brunches. Even though mimosas and bellinis are synonymous with single 20s girl brunches (or at least that’s what twitter tells me), my weapon of choice is normally beer or bloody marys.

But on one particularly Saturday, after a morning of volunteering and sweating, my favorite brunch bartender suggested he make me a “manmosa.” His story is this: one day a bunch of big guys came in and ordered mimosas….but he figured he could do better, and make something a little better suited to these men. Apparently the real “manmosa” is supposed to be vodka, beer, and orange juice. Even though I love to drink, that is *not* something I can drink before 1pm without some serious consequences, or my “friends” calling me an alcoholic.

The “manmosa” I was served was better (and not modified for me! This is his recipe):

Champagne, orange juice, and wheat beer (Blue Moon or something similar).

It was insanely crisp, refreshing, and rehydrating, and exactly what I want every time I go for brunch on a hot day. Close your eyes. Imagine it. Amazing, right? It’s my belief that it’s best when mostly blue moon and splashes of orange juice and champagne, but I’m sure you can vary the proportions for different tastes.

Next time you have brunch or just way to day drink in a super classy way, tell your bartender to make you one of these. If they act like it isn’t a real thing, tell them you saw it on Endless Simmer, and we know how to drink.

 Find more  classy (and not-so-classy) drink ideas in Endless Cocktails.

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  • diffy May 23, 2012  

    I am normally a Bier purist but I trust your judgement and this sounds oddly delicious. Definitely making (at least) one this weekend.

  • Anna May 23, 2012  

    I’ve had the beer vodka oj COCKtail many times and its delish, but maybe Im more man than you.

  • Farmer Margie May 24, 2012  

    I have fond memories of a drink my mom used to make on very hot days, when we were working outside trimming bushes and pulling weekds. She’d pour a couple of beers into a pitcher full of crushed ice, squeeze a couple of limes in, stir and we’d drink a tall glass of it – so refreshing! She called it a ‘bull’. I’ve since read about a similar drink containing tequila – probably just as tasty, but for working outside…well…I think the work would deteriorate quickly… the manmosa reminds me of that drink.

  • Ali Macaluso May 24, 2012  

    My husband will freaking LOVE this! Well done!

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