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.