Quite a simple one, this.
Popular to drink at leisurely breakfasts and brunches is the delicious Buck’s Fizz. Or is it Mimosa? Are they the same thing? Both are a mixture of orange juice (preferably freshly-squeezed) and champagne.
And the chances are that if you ask for a Buck’s Fizz in America, your bartender might not know what you mean; likewise if you ask for a Mimosa in a UK pub.
But actually, they’re not quite the same.
The Brits are pretty well known to be a boozier nation than the people in the United States and this drink is a great example.
A Buck’s Fizz contains two parts champagne to one part orange juice. The Mimosa on the other hand only has one part champagne to one part orange juice.
So if you’re accustomed to knocking back quite a few Mimosas with brunch when you’re in the USA. don’t be deceived. The Buck’s Fizz that you drink in the UK will have twice the amount of champagne – in other words, twice the alcohol. A little history – the Buck’s Fizz was first created in the 1920s at (unsurprisingly) Buck’s Club in London. Buck’s was, and still is, a gentleman’s club.
A few years later, the Mimosa was developed in Paris, probably at the Ritz Hotel, but with only half the alcohol.
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.