What is it about Rose that is making it the buzz of the moment? Is it the attractive color or the distinctive taste? The answer will likely vary from one person to another. Today, you will find rose in can which is the same quality as what you find in bottles. Mimosas used to be the party killer in the past but the preference for rose is growing tremendously in recent years. This article highlights the possible reasons for this change in trend.
What is mimosa?
Mimosa is a cocktail comprising of champagne or sparkling wine mixed in a certain proportion with chilled citrus juice. However, in a few cases, the juice may be fruits other than citrus. The cocktail gains its name from the yellow flowers of the mimosa plant. The mixing ratio of the mimosa differs which is often the cause of variation in taste. This drink is usually served in diverse places including first and business class airlines or railways and at weddings.
Variations of mimosa
The variations of mimosa usually depend on the quantity of champagne and the type of juice used in the mixture.
- Buck’s Fizz has its champagne content to be double that of the orange juice
- Poinsettia combines champagne, Cointreau, or vodka with cranberry juice
- The combination of champagne and lemonade is called Lemosa
- Combination of champagne and apple cider is called Vermosa or Crisp
- When Mimosa is composed of equal parts of grapefruit juice and champagne, it is called Megmosa
What is Rose?
The red grape makes red wine while white grape makes white wine. Rose is pink and there is no pink grape. So, how do winemakers succeed in making rose? Rose happens when the winemakers allow the skin of red grapes to be in transient contact during the winemaking process. In red wine, the skin is allowed to stay with the grape throughout the long weeks of fermentation. However, in rose, the skin is only in contact for a few hours. The time is just enough for the skin to stain the wine pink. Nearly all the grapes used in making red wine can be used in making pink grape.
Methods for making rose
As you may have guessed already, there are different techniques manufacturers use to make rose. The method used in the manufacture of rose will usually influence its taste and aroma. Below are the three main methods winemakers use often.
This method involves combining red and white wine to make rose. The proportion of mixing varies but it is mostly composed of up to 5% red wine. This is not a popular method for making rose but some winemakers still rely on it.
In this method, the red juice is bled off a few hours after making it. The juice is used to make rose. In addition to making rose, the bleeding of the juice also concentrates the intensity of the red wine. This method is common in regions that produce fine red wine.
This is the most popular method of making rose. The red wine grapes are allowed to macerate in the juice. Subsequently, the batch is finished off as rose.
While wine is suitable for parties and official events, mimosas fit more into beach parties and casual events. Wine is often seen as a symbol of respect. The rarity of rose compared to red and white wine makes it more priceless. Winemakers are making rose in a can which more flexible, pocket-friendly, and fits into any environment. If you are not already a fan of rose it is probably because you have not tasted one before—that is how addictive it can be.