Classic and trendy in one brunch-friendly bundle

As you know from last week’s post, we believe that an absolutely crucial part of any brunch worth going to is the drink you pair it with! So this week, we decided to lean into the “fizz” part of our name with our first cocktail recipe, a trendy twist on the mimosa. 

Mimosas—a combo of orange juice and champagne for those not in the know—are the classic brunch cocktail. MAX’s Wine Dive last week offered options for switching the mimosa up with different juice mixers and flavor profiles, and it turned out to be one of our favorite parts of the visit. We wanted to do the same type of switch up with our recipe this week, to make the mimosa even more fun than it already is! Enter: White Claw Hard Seltzers. White Claws have seemingly taken the world by storm since their release in 2016 and subsequent skyrocket to popularity last summer. You’ve probably heard by now the saying, “ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws,” so we figured there was no reason we couldn’t or shouldn’t mix them with juice and serve them with pancakes!

Clawmosa ingredients, all from our local H-E-B

The Process

Step one: pull out your prettiest glasses or champagne flutes. 

Just kidding, although it definitely made us feel like we were doing something right! In reality, all we did was mix our choice of White Claw flavor with the juice we felt would go best with it. Juice has a strong flavor so you won’t lose anything by being a little heavy-handed with the Claw, and doing less juice also means that you’ll still be able to taste the subtler flavors of the White Claw. The ratio we went with and that we recommend is three parts White Claw to one part juice. 

Before we poured, we dipped the rims of our glasses with red cocktail sugar, and while it turned out pretty, we probably wouldn’t do it again or recommend it if you make this recipe on your own. Cocktail sugar isn’t always the tastiest and it can definitely get in the way of the drink.

Here are the juices we used and combinations we tried: orange juice with mango White Claw, cranberry juice with lemon White Claw, peach mango juice with Watermelon White Claw, and organic apple, orange, and carrot juice with tangerine White Claw.

Not only are they delicious, but the juices make for some gorgeous colors!

The Results

All of these were winners in our book, but if it was a competition, the very clear first place prize would go to the cranberry juice and lemon Claw combo. Both of us absolutely loved this one! It was fruity, flavorful, and incredibly refreshing. The twist of lemon brought in the perfect citrus notes. This cocktail would bring the perfect fresh feeling to any summer day, whether it’s at brunch or out on the beach! 

Even though the cranberry juice and lemon was our favorite, there was definitely something for everyone. Mindy also loved the watermelon and peach mango combo, while Catherine really enjoyed the tangerine White Claw combined with the apple, orange, and carrot juice. To be honest, it would be hard to go wrong with any combination you choose!

A fruit garnish adds a perfect pop!

What should you know before you make this cocktail?

  • The White Claw flavors we used (mango, lemon, tangerine, and watermelon) are from the Flavor Collection No. 2 variety pack. The Flavor Collection No. 1 has even more options–natural lime, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, and black cherry. Both variety packs are packs of twelve with three of each flavor, but each flavor is also sold in their own packs if that’s what you prefer.
  • There’s an easy way to make these clawmosas healthier if you’re trying to be more conscious of what you’re putting into your body. White Claw 70’s come in two flavors, clementine and pineapple, and are only 70 calories each, gluten-free, and have zero grams of sugar. You can mix a White Claw 70 with a natural, no sugar added juice or, if you own a juicer, a juice that you make, to create the perfect healthy brunch cocktail.
  • A fruit garnish makes for a perfect extra pop of color. We used strawberries, but lemons would also be perfect!

When should you make clawmosas?

You’ve heard of dinner parties, but why not host a brunch party? Get a few friends together, throw some flapjacks on the griddle, fry up your favorite bacon, mix up a few clawmosas, and enjoy! These cocktails are SO easy, perfect for summer, and will have all your friends convinced you’re secretly a bartender…ahem, I’m sorry, a mixologist.

Did you enjoy this week’s post? Let us know in the comments, and tag us on Instagram @fizz.and.fork if you make your very own clawmosas! Until next Wednesday, xoxo

MAX’s Wine Dive

Dive into your day with brunch at MAX’s Wine Dive

We have been so excited to share this week’s restaurant with you because it also means we get to share our favorite meal with you—BRUNCH.

Not to go on too much of a tangent, but brunch, in our opinion, is the quintessential mealtime. It’s not so early that you feel like you have to drag yourself out of bed to go, but not so late that you can’t enjoy all your favorite breakfast foods. Feel like a syrupy monster stack of pancakes? Fine! Want something heartier, like fried chicken? Great! Want them together? Everything goes! Brunch is truly Hannah Montana-style the best of both worlds…and MAX’s Wine Dive knows how to do brunch.

Caramelized pineapple mimosa and peach bellini

The Fizz

Any brunch savant knows that no meal can truly be considered brunch without a good drink…which is why we here at fizz & fork consider a good drink menu to be just as important as the food selection. Here’s what we love about MAX’s—you can choose a bottle of champagne to purchase and they provide you with a juice selection for DIY mimosas. Orange, cranberry, pomegranate, you name it. If that sounds like too much, they also have a great premade drink selection. From the menu, we ordered a couple bellinis and a caramelized pineapple mimosa. The bellinis were classic, refreshing, and paired nicely with our meal. The caramelized pineapple mimosa was unique and not what we expected. It was good, but tasted almost burnt (if a mimosa can be burnt). Our recommendation is to go with the DIY mimosas to get the most bang for your buck!

The Fork

MAX’s Wine Dive describes their menu as “gourmet comfort food.” From our experience, they don’t have a particular style of food, and there are a lot of eclectic, unique options (like carrot cake pancakes!). We ordered the ham and cheese omelette, the fried egg sandwich, and the honey butter chicken benedict. Each entree was served with MAX’s signature home fries, which were incredible. They were a bit on the spicy side, so be aware, but the seasoning was flavorful and not too salty. The omelette had plenty of hearty ham and wasn’t overcooked as omelettes so often are. The fried egg sandwich was HUGE, and though there was a lot packed into it, the ratios were balanced and no flavor overwhelmed another. Our personal favorite was the honey butter chicken benedict. We cannot say enough good things about it. It’s exactly what it sounds like—biscuits topped with fried chicken, poached eggs, gravy, and honey butter sauce. We were a bit wary of the combo at first, but it proved to be a winner, and it brought together what we love so much about brunch, with sweet and savory beautifully balanced.

Things to Know Before You Go:

  • Parking: Parking at MAX’s on Fairview is either street parking or valet. The valet is tip-based, so make sure you have cash on hand if that’s your plan.
  • The area: MAX’s Wine Dive has two locations in Houston (in Montrose and on Washington Ave), one location in San Antonio, one in Denver, and one in Austin, although the ATX location is temporarily closed at the moment. We visited the Montrose location, on Fairview.
  • Seating: There is indoor and outdoor seating available, but if it’s a nice day, the outdoor seating will go pretty quickly. If you make a reservation, be sure to specify which you prefer.
  • Other meals: MAX’s isn’t just brunch! They also serve dinner, complete with quite the robust wine menu.

So when should you make your own trip to MAX’s Wine Dive?

Brunch with out-of-town friends! MAX’s favorite saying (you’ll find it printed on your server’s shirt) is “fried chicken and champagne..why the hell not?” As evidenced by that motto, it’s pretty easy to find something for everyone—from the classy friend who wants only eggs benedict (it’s fine, we’re that friend), or a simple pleasures kind of pal who just wants to go to town on a good chicken and waffles platter. MAX’s Wine Dive has it all, and anyone you bring is sure to be impressed!

Have you been to MAX’s? When did you go, for brunch or dinner? Let us know, and be sure to subscribe to receive notification emails whenever we have a new post! See you next Wednesday!