Breakfast Cheer

In the South, it's considered good manners to serve a breakfast cocktail prior to the first meal of the day. this custom originated back in the Plantation Days when a mimosa or mint julep was part of a visitor's wake up call. I've often enjoyed reading about a gathering of gentlemen on the veranda of a beautiful antebellum home at 7 o'clock in the morning, each holding a frosty libation. This combination of fruit and champagne will definitely give you a "kick-start" for the day.


  • 1 (15-15 1/4-ounce) can Bartlett pears
  • 1 quart fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 bottle champagne

This delicious breakfast drink should be served in frozen Pilsner glasses. Place glasses in the freezer the day prior to serving this recipe. In the bowl of a blender or food processor, puree pears. Pour pureed mixture into a small pitcher and add orange juice, blending well. Place pitcher in refrigerator until ready to serve. Prior to breakfast, fill the Pilsner glasses 3/4 full of orange juice mixture then top with champagne. (Consider drinking the remaining champagne while preparing breakfast!) Garnish each glass with finely chopped Bartlett pears.

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