My best tips for making mimosas! What’s better to serve at brunch than a fabulous mimosa recipe made with dry sparkling wine and orange juice? Jump to the Mimosa Recipe
How to Make the Best Mimosa at Home
Mimosas are a delicious combination of sparkling wine, and orange juice. They are simple, fun, and perfect to serve to company. Read on to see our tips for making them best including the right ratio and best wine to buy.
Since there are only a few ingredients required to make mimosa cocktails, I like to make sure they are high in quality. To make mimosas, you will need:
- Sparkling wine
- Orange Juice
- Optional extras like vodka, Grand Marnier, Chambord, and even whiskey
How to Choose Sparkling Wine for Mimosas
I like to use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. Use the wine that you like the taste of. You don’t need to break the bank, though. We spend $12 to $15 on the sparkling wine we add to our mimosas.
Your best bet is to look for “Cava,” which comes from Spain or an American sparkling wine that’s around $15.
A dry Prosecco is a great option, too. Unless you’ve found something you absolutely love, don’t go lower than $10 since that can lead to headache central.
For the Best Mimosa, Use Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
If you can swing it, use freshly squeezed orange juice. It seems over the top, but when you consider half the drink is juice, you want the best.
Freshly squeezed orange juice tastes fresher, lighter, a bit tart, and more delicate than anything you can find in the store. With that said, when we’re in a pinch, we’ll use the “Simply” brand of orange juice.
The Perfect Ratio
A classic mimosa recipe calls for equal parts sparkling wine to orange juice. While we think this ratio tastes the best, if we’re serving a crowd for brunch, we do hold back the wine a little. You can increase the wine, too. Just remember these will pack more of a punch.
When you’re making a mimosa, always add the sparkling wine first, then top with orange juice.
This way, the cocktail mixes on its own and won’t make a sticky mess at the top of the glass. You don’t need to stir as this will cause the wine to become flat.
Making Them for a Crowd
Since sharing how we make mimosas, many of our readers have asked how to make mimosas for a crowd. You can make mimosas in a pitcher.
Premix mimosas in a pitcher just before your guests arrive. Don’t do this too far in advance, because you will lose some carbonation.
Whether you premix or make the mimosas one by one, make sure the wine and orange juice are well chilled. Keep the wine, orange juice, and if you added them to a pitcher, the pitcher in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.
The combination of orange juice and sparkling wine is amazing, but did you know that there are lots of variations for mimosas? Here are a few of my favorites:
- Add a splash of cranberry, pineapple, or pomegranate juice.
- Replace some of the orange juice with blood orange or grapefruit juice.
- Add a tablespoon of peach or strawberry puree to the bottom of each champagne flute.
- Add chopped fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, and orange slices.
- Add a tablespoon of liqueur like Grand Marnier or Chambord (for a French-inspired mimosa).
Non-alcoholic (virgin) mimosas
For a mimosa mocktail, substitute the sparkling wine for a sparkling soda or flavored sparkling water. Non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice is a popular option. I also love flavored carbonated water.
There are so many flavors when it comes to sparkling water. Lime or lemon would be lovely or for a tropical feel, try coconut-flavored water with a splash of pineapple juice.
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Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne
Learn how to make mimosas at home with this simple recipe! These easy 2-ingredient cocktails are guaranteed to be the star of your next brunch.
If I’m hosting a special occasion brunch, you can bet that mimosas will be on the menu. Light, fresh, and festive, they’re perfect for celebrating everything from Mother’s Day to Christmas. With citrus in peak season and New Year’s right around the corner, I thought now would be a great time to share my classic mimosa recipe. Whether you make it for a New Year’s brunch, any holiday gathering, or a lazy weekend morning, I hope you enjoy it. Cheers, friends!
How to Make Mimosas
Making a mimosa couldn’t be simpler, as it only requires 2 basic ingredients: chilled sparkling wine and orange juice. That’s it! For this cocktail, you don’t even need ice. In fact, for the best results, you should avoid using it, as it will dilute and diminish the wine’s carbonation. For a really cold, bubbly cocktail, chill the wine and orange juice the night before you plan to make mimosas.
When you’re ready to serve, pour the wine into a tilted champagne flute, letting it run down the inside of the glass to avoid losing carbonation. Top the wine with the orange juice, taste and adjust, and enjoy!
I like to use a 50/50 ratio of dry sparkling wine to orange juice in my mimosas, but make sure you taste and adjust your drink to your liking. You may prefer as much as 2 parts sparkling wine to 1 part orange juice, or the opposite if you like a less alcoholic cocktail.
Mimosa Recipe Tips
- Break out the champagne flutes. Champagne flutes are designed to preserve carbonation, so using them will make your drinks extra bubbly. If you don’t have them, wine glasses are your next best bet.
- Chill your glasses. As I said above, you don’t want to add ice here, as it’ll make the cocktails become flat faster. If you want your mimosa to be really cold, chill your glasses ahead of time along with the sparkling wine and orange juice.
- Skip the pulp. No one likes a pulpy mimosa! For smooth, bubbly cocktails, choose pulp-free orange juice. If you prefer to squeeze your own, squeeze and strain it in advance. Then, chill it before mixing up your drinks.
- Mix it up. This mimosa recipe is simple and flexible, so feel free to play with it. Try swapping regular orange juice for blood orange juice, or use different fresh fruit juice altogether. Cranberry juice, apple cider, grapefruit juice, or pomegranate juice would all be great choices. You could also add a splash of orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, for a stronger orange flavor. A little goes a long way here – start with a 4:1 ratio of orange juice to liqueur.
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This champagne orange cocktail (also known as a mimosa) is the perfect beverage to serve for brunch with friends or at a party. It’s a simple recipe made with dry sparkling wine, orange juice, and a splash of Grand Marnier and is light, refreshing, and tastes like a celebration.
A champagne orange cocktail (also known as a mimosa) is the best drink for celebrating. It’s light, fizzy, and always welcome – from brunch to holiday celebrations to showers, this is one cocktail that’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Making a mimosa is super simple and they’re easy to customize to taste with more bubbles or more juice. It’s also easy to make a non-alcoholic version so everyone at the party feels included.
Orange Juice – While fresh-squeezed will turn your mimosa into a real treat, store-bought orange juice works well, too. Buy the best orange juice that you can, preferably not from concentrate. Pulp-free is the best option for mimosas as the pulp will leave your pretty champagne flutes looking messy and unappetizing.
Sparkling Wine – We like brut the best for mimosas as it’s not overly sweet and works well with sweet orange juice. But prosecco or cava are good options, especially if you prefer a sweeter cocktail. No matter which you go for, don’t buy the most expensive bottle. But also steer clear of the cheapest bottles. You want to choose a sparkling wine that you would enjoy sipping on its own.
Grand Mariner – We sometimes add this for a slightly boozier champagne orange cocktail. You can also use another brand of orange liqueur.
Orange Bitters – Bitters are spirits that have been infused with various herbs and spices and are sold in small jars often in grocery stores or specialty food stores. Orange bitters are primarily flavored with bitter Sevilla orange peels. A drop or two is all you need to add a little extra flavor and aroma to your cocktail.
How to make a mimosa
Making this cocktail couldn’t be any easier. And even though we’ve listed amounts in the recipe card, this is one cocktail that you can easily free-pour – no need to fuss over measuring exact quantities!
- Start by filling a champagne flute at least halfway with sparkling wine. If you’d like, you can add a splash of Grand Marnier for a boozier orange cocktail.
- Then all you have to do is fill the glass with orange juice. So easy! Sometimes we get fancy and add a drop or two of orange bitters on top and maybe a garnish, but these are completely optional.
Full recipe in the recipe card below.
Make mimosas for a party
Mimosas are the best party drink! You have two options for how to serve them:
- Set up a mimosa bar – This option is so fun! Set out a few bottles of sparkling wine on ice, several different juices, a couple of syrups (like Cassis), and a few garnishes and let guests help themselves.
- Make a pitcher – This is the easiest option both for you and your guests. Simply pour the mimosa ingredients into a large pitcher and set it next to a stack of glasses.
To keep the pitcher chilly without diluting the mimosa, you have a few options:
- Add large format ice cubes. These are the ones we use. Freezing water in muffin tins or even small bowls works, too!
- You can also freeze orang juice so that your mimosa will simply become more juicy as the ice melts.
- Or you can freeze water or juice in the bottom of a (plastic – glass will break) pitcher ahead of time.
The perfect ratio of orange juice to sparkling wine depends on you! We like to make ours with mostly sparkling wine and just a splash of orange juice to top it off. But other people like their mimosas heavier on the orange juice with only a little sparkling wine.
To find the perfect balance we recommend starting with a 50/50 ratio. Fill half of your glass with sparkling wine and half with orange juice. From there you can experiment with more wine or more orange juice, depending on your taste.
The recipe below is based on this 50/50 ratio.
They’re very similar and we tend to use the two names interchangeably. A traditional mimosa is made with just sparkling wine and orange juice. We like to add a little Grand Mariner and sometimes a few drops of orange bitters to turn it into a champagne orange cocktail.
Don’t blow your budget on expensive champagne! But also don’t buy the cheapest bottle of sparkling wine; you want to buy a bottle you would enjoy drinking even if you weren’t mixing it.
We like brut the best as it’s less sweet and (we think) goes better with sweet orange juice. But if you know that you like cocktails on the sweeter side, pick up a bottle of prosecco or cava.
Yes! Simply omit the triple sec and use bubbly water instead of bubbly wine.
Mimosa variations to try
- Try making your mimosa with pineapple juice, cranberry juice, or pink grapefruit juice.
- Add a splash of crème de cassis (or another blackberry liqueur) for a pretty ombre pink color.
- Drop a hibiscus flower into the bottom of your champagne flute for a pretty garnish.
- Blend the orange juice with ice for a bellini-like cocktail.
- Add a strawberry or a few raspberries to your glass.
- Drop a few cranberries into the glass for a festive vibe.
When to serve a mimosa
Mimosas can be served on any occasion and any time of the day!
- Late breakfast/brunch party.
- Baby shower or wedding shower.
- Afternoon on the patio.
- As a pre-dinner drink.
- At a birthday party.
- New Year’s Eve celebration.
What to serve with a champagne orange cocktail
If you’re enjoying mimosas for brunch, serve them with pancakes, eggs benedict, or this crowd-pleasing gruyere and white cheddar strata.
If you’re serving them later in the day, appetizers are the way to go. Here are some that go well with this champagne orange cocktail
- Mini Cucumber Smoked Salmon Bites
- Mini BLT Tomato Cups
- Caramelized Shallot and Gruyere Cheese Fondue
- Deviled Eggs with Bacon
Mix up a Better, Fresher Mimosa and Explore Variations
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An iconic brunch cocktail, the mimosa is a simple drink to make. Both casual and festive, it’s perfect for any occasion, from holidays to Mother’s Day and showers to a weekend brunch. Named after the yellow mimosa flower, with one sip of this bubbly, fruity cocktail, you’ll realize why it’s been a favorite day-drinking choice since the 1920s.
To make a classic mimosa, you’ll need well-chilled orange juice and sparkling wine. The recipe creates a semi-dry mimosa, and you can easily make it sweeter by pouring the two ingredients equally. Choose Champagne if you like, or save money with a nice prosecco or cava. The triple sec is optional (Cointreau is an excellent choice) but recommended. The orange liqueur adds dimension and its sweetness marries the sweet-tart juice and dry wine beautifully.
The best part of the mimosa is that the wine’s bubbles mix the drink for you. It’s an excellent pour-and-serve cocktail that makes entertaining a breeze, whether made by the glass or pitcher. Serve it alongside your favorite brunch dishes—from frittatas to French toast—or enjoy it with a light snack of cheese, crackers, and fresh seasonal fruits.
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Brunch is famous for Benedicts and avocado toast, but where’s the fun in eating an arguably superfluous midday meal if there’s not a good drink to accompany it? The Mimosa solves that issue. The beverage joins another eye-opening morning stalwart, the Bloody Mary, as a supreme brunch cocktail that is universally acceptable to enjoy before the clock strikes noon.
Composed of sparkling wine and orange juice, the Mimosa was created around 1925 and named for a yellow-flowered plant. Its origin is often pegged to Frank Meier, a bartender at the Ritz hotel in Paris during that time. Meier eventually included the recipe in his 1936 book, “The Artistry of Mixing Drinks,” which is believed to be the Mimosa’s first appearance in print.
It’s easy to see why the drink became a sensation. It’s refreshing and delicious, and even the most novice drinks-makers can remember the two-part recipe. The Mimosa is also a lighter serve than the high-octane Screwdriver, which skips sparkling wine in favor of vodka, so it’s a natural choice for morning consumption.
With only two ingredients, you want to choose high-quality wine and juice—so, the opposite of what you will find at the bottomless pitcher places. Start with a good, dry Champagne or other sparkling wine like prosecco or cava. And, like all drinks demanding juice, fresh is always best, so squeeze a couple oranges for the rich citrusy flavor and added benefit of vitamin C.
Once your ingredients are handled, the simple Mimosa doesn’t offer many opportunities to go off the rails. But be careful not to get too heavy-handed with the OJ. Rather than lengthening the cocktail with a hearty juice pour, be judicious with the juice. You want it to complement the sparkling wine instead of burying it.
Build your Mimosa in a Champagne flute for a touch of elegance, and serve it alongside classic brunch fare like omelets, pancakes and toast. Or drink it whenever and with whatever you like. The Mimosa is too easygoing to care about silly things like conventions and rules.
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Buck’s Fizz and Mimosa are two cocktails that share the same ingredients: orange juice and Champagne, the only thing that sets them apart are the doses. Buck’s Fizz is lighter and has double orange juice, while Mimosa provides an equal amount of orange juice and Champagne.
The Buck’s Fizz was born in London in 1921, at the Buck’s Club (really??), while the Mimosa cocktail is a few years younger and was mixed for the first time at the Ritz hotel in Paris.
Both cocktails are part of the great Fizz family (cocktail prepared with sparkling wine or water). They are perfect to accompany fish dishes, shrimp skewers wrapped in bacon, white meats, various finger foods, scallops au gratin, chicken salads, grilled fish fillets and chicken wings with spicy sauce.
Not by chance, they are the classic party cocktails suitable for brunch or picnic, with their refreshing lightness and bubbles, which tickle the palate, clean up your mouth and slowly inebriate you with grace.
The original Buck’s Fizz and Mimosa recipes require Champagne, the king of sparkling wines. But don’t be afraid to uncork also an Italian spumante Metodo Classico like Trentodoc or Franciacorta.
Ingredients to make the Buck’s Fizz cocktail
- 10 cl of orange juice
- 5 cl of Champagne or sparkling wine
Mimosa cocktail ingredients
- 7.5 cl of orange juice
- 7.5 cl of Champagne
How to make Mimosa cocktail like a pro bartender
The procedure for making Buck’s Fizz and Mimosa is identical. Just remember to change the doses.
Squeeze oranges, strain the juice and pour into a Champagne flute.
Add Champagne and garnish with an orange rind.
If prepared in advance and large quantities, the cocktails are more balanced, so pour them in large cups or jugs.
A mimosa, the classic combination of orange juice and sparkling wine, makes the perfect pick-me-up drink. It’s light, refreshing, and easy to make. Don’t have orange juice? Mix and match with any citrus fruit you have around.
The classic pairing of orange juice and champagne is what first comes to mind when you see “mimosa” listed on a cocktail menu. Although the origins of this popular brunch drink are hazy at best, this simple pairing is an easy and versatile cocktail you can whip up in seconds.
This recipe is all about sparkling wine and orange juice, but if you like to mix it up a bit, don’t be afraid to explore other citrus that’s available, ripe, and ready for juicing. I personally have tangelo, tangerine, and lemon trees in my backyard.
While those particular varieties might not be readily available where you are, any combination of citrus should make a delicious mimosa. Think tangerine and Meyer lemon, or blood orange and navel oranges.
I love playing with flavor combinations as much as anyone, but sometimes it’s nice to settle in with a classic.
What’s the Best Champagne for Mimosas?
Savvy drinkers will skip the champagne and substitute a less expensive but still delicious alternative, as the subtleties in flavor and aroma that command a champagne price tag will be lost when mixed with the juice.
So which sparkling wine should you use?
If the quality of the bubbles is something you’re particular about, you have options.
- Prosecco is my personal favorite. It is produced in tanks and features larger bubbles, while the brightness and acidity balances out the sweet OJ.
- Cava is fermented in barrels, producing smaller, longer-lasting bubbles.
If you want a basic sparkling wine, Brut makes for a good standard. Plus, Brut’s lower amount of sugar pairs well with sweeter fruit juices like freshly squeezed orange juice.
While getting out a juicer when all you want is a cocktail might seem like a pain, believe me when I tell you it’s worth it! Freshly squeezed juice is brighter and cleaner in taste than its pasteurized, store-bought counterpart. It also has better texture and body to it that makes for, well, better cocktails.
Want to mix up your citrus? Here are my favorite pairings:
- Tangerine and Meyer Lemon
- White Grapefruit and Orange
- Blood Orange and Lime
What’s the Best Mimosa Glass?
Here’s a fun fact: How we serve a mimosa now is not how it was traditionally served almost a century ago. One of the first published recipes for the mimosa calls for drinking it out of a wine glass . with ice. Now we associate it with the champagne flute, sans ice.
I think we should take a note from this change of drinking vessel and serve it however you’d like. If you want to stay within the wine glass category, stemless wine glasses are a more casual option. But go ahead with a traditional flute if it fits your occasion.
How to Make a Mimosa
When you’re working with orange juice and a sparkling wine like prosecco that has lots of bubbles, start with the wine first and pour slowly.
Drinks can bubble and spill over when adding wine to an already partly-full glass of orange juice. If you don’t feel like your drink is properly mixed, give it a gentle stir with a long spoon or—my favorite mixing tool—a chopstick.
Zero Proof Mimosas
Love a mimosa but can’t have, or don’t want, the alcohol? You can sub in a nonalcoholic sparkling wine instead. There are so many great options out there now with the growing interest in nonalcoholic drinks. Here are a few of my picks:
- Regis Brut
- Fre Sparkling Brut from Sutter Home Wines
- Señorío de la Tautila Sparkling Rosé
How to Garnish Your Mimosa
While a classic mimosa is great to drink, it’s a bit boring to look at. To garnish your drink, try some of these suggestions:
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Great when made with freshly squeezed orange juice, this cocktail is very similar to the Buck’s Fizz, which tends to have a higher proportion of champagne. Also see the Grand Mimosa, basically the same drink charged with orange liqueur.
Thought to have been created in 1925 by Frank Meier at the Ritz Hotel in Paris and named after the Mimosa tropical flowering shrub, Acacia dealbata – perhaps because of its trembling leaves, rather like the gentle fizz of this mixture.
The cocktail made its print debut in Frank Meier’s 1936 book, The Artistry of Mixing Drinks titled “Mimosa or Champagne Orange” with the instruction, “In large wineglass, a piece of ice, the juice of one-half Orange; fill with Champagne stir and serve.”
In his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, David A. Embury writes of this drink, “Just another freak champagne mixture. It is not half bad and the ladies usually like it. Use a good quality domestic champagne, medium dry.”
The sketchy history of both the Buck’s Fizz and Mimosa can be found on our Buck’s Fizz and Mimosa cocktail page.
One serving of Mimosa contains 67 calories.
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The classic Mimosa drink recipe is an old standard cocktail. You may generally think of it as orange juice and champagne, but there’s actually a little bit more to it than that.
The usual Mimosa recipe blends champagne with orange juice and a touch of triple sec. But you can use any orange liqueur you like.
And I think your choice depends on what kind of champagne and orange juice you have. For example, Grand Marnier is a little sweeter than Cointreau and or triple sec.
If your champagne is on the sweet side, you might choose Cointreau to balance it. If it’s more on the dry side, you might prefer Grand Marnier to add a little sweetness.
And if you are fresh squeezing your orange juice, you might check to see how acidic your oranges are before deciding.
This drink is most often served as a brunch cocktail. And it works so well in that capacity because it’s low on alcohol and high on vitamin C.
It doesn’t require an expensive champagne, although I wouldn’t necessarily get the cheapest bottle possible. Just make sure it’s nice and drinkable.
Most recipes call for a Brut champagne, which is the driest type available. I generally use prosecco for champagne cocktails, and it’s a good choice for the Mimosa.
You can even use a sparkling wine. You may find your “ideal” mimosa requires a particular brand or type, but you can’t go wrong with any decent champagne.
If you want to pair it with a brunch dish, try a Mimosa with this Veggie-Loaded Breakfast Casserole from Little Spice Jar. The savory flavors in the dish pair wonderfully with the sweet notes of the cocktail.
Or you could try it with this Spinach and Gruyere Cheese Quiche with a Hash Brown Crust from Happily Unprocessed. It’s the kind of rich, dense dish that makes a light cocktail like the Mimosa ideal.
But the Mimosa isn’t just a brunch drink. It’s also good anytime you’re wanting a drink that’s light on alcohol, but delicious and easy to love.
It makes for a nice aperitif, too. You can serve these before a dinner party starts because they’re light enough on the alcohol not to get anyone tipsy on an empty stomach.
And if you’re entertaining non-drinkers, of course, we have a delicious Mockmosa just for them. It blends orange juice with dry sparkling white grape juice.
If you love the Mimosa, check out the Melon Mimosa (Midori and champagne), the Champagne Fizz (gin, lemon, and champagne) and the San Remo (champagne, grapefruit juice, and liqueurs).
You may also want to take a look at my collection of champagne cocktails.
The Mimosa, perhaps the most (in)famous brunch cocktail around. Steer clear of bars with “bottomless” offers, and you might just find a delicious drink.
Need the right Prosecco? See our picks for the best Proseccos for Mimosas!
Ingredients In The Best Mimosa Recipe
- 3 oz Champagne
- 3 oz Orange juice
- Combine ingredients in a champagne flute.
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Best Practices: Mimosas Deserve to Be Better Than ‘Bottomless’
When made properly, Mimosas are a low-proof crowd-pleaser. Orange juice and sparkling wine come together in a seemingly foolproof formula that transforms eggs and toast into something celebratory.
Unfortunately, like brunch, the meal they typically accompany, Mimosas can fall victim to their own popularity. They are too frequently made sloppily in massive quantities, overpowered by either saccharine juice or cheap wine.
“Mimosas have only two ingredients, so it is crucial to have a balance of sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed juice,” Taylor Murray, the manager and wine buyer of [email protected] restaurant in Denver, says.
To help you perfect your process, we asked five bar professionals across the country for their tips. Here are seven dos and don’ts for making excellent Mimosas.
What To Do
1. Squeeze Fresh Juice.
“Always start with high-quality, natural juice,” Alex Hammond, head bartender at Tradd’s in Charleston, S.C., says. “Fresh squeezed is the best.”
This might sound like an awful lot of effort for a drink you’re likely making in the morning, but it’s worth it. Orange juice and sparkling wine are your only two ingredients here, and both can come loaded with extra sugar. By juicing oranges yourself, you have more control over your cocktail’s sweet-tart balance.
If you have a juicer, you’re all set. Those of us without expensively outfitted kitchens can use this trick: Cut your fruit in half horizontally. Hold one half, cut side up, in your non-dominant hand over a bowl. With your other hand, insert the tip of closed kitchen tongs into the fruit, and rotate, spilling juice into the bowl below.
“When I’m shopping for my own oranges, I always go for the heaviest fruit,” Murray says. They’re “sure to be juicy and full of flavor.”
2. Lose the Pulp.
Some people love the textural effect of pulp in juice. In a Mimosa, though, bartenders believe it detracts from the bubbles in your wine.
“When you’re at the grocery store, you can buy your OJ with any level pulp you want: low, medium, high, and, if you’re some sort of monster, extra pulp,” Keith Meicher, head bartender at Sepia in Chicago, says. “But when you’re juicing fresh orange juice for your cocktail, you’ve gotta make sure to strain out every bit of pulp you find.”
3. Chill Your Glassware.
Meicher swears by this “tiny detail” to elevate Mimosas. Before you start juicing oranges, put your glassware in the freezer. By the time your juice is ready, the glasses will be chilled. Champagne flutes are traditional for Mimosas, but coupes or traditional wine glasses work as well.
4. Build in the Glass.
To preserve the effervescence of your Mimosa, build the drink directly into the glass. Start with the sparkling wine, and then pour in the OJ. “You’ll not only be able to gauge the alcohol ratio preference this way, but it will help reduce the foaming effect,” Matt Carson, beverage director/sommelier at Lora in Stillwater, Minn., says.
If you start with orange juice and top with sparkling wine, on the other hand, your cocktail will likely bubble over with rapidly deflating foam.
5. Mind Your Ratio.
“You always want to do a one-to-one ratio,” Amanda Juner, general manager of TALK in Philadelphia, says. This way, you taste crisp, bubbly wine and sweet citrus in equal measure.
A juice-heavy Mimosa tastes more like fruit punch than a cocktail. Add too much sparkling wine, and that’s all you’ll taste.
What to Avoid
1. Save Your Best Sparkling Wine.
If you want to use your best Champagne in a homemade Mimosa, hey, it’s your world. But experts agree you can use more gently priced bubbles without compromising your drink.
“The wine doesn’t need to be expensive to be delicious,” Murray says. “I’d recommend using a nice dry Cava or a Crémant de Limoux. Both styles are made similar to a Champagne, but without the bank-breaking price tag.”
Carson agrees, adding, “Think of this drink as a cocktail, not a wine needing to be amazing on its own.”
All the bartenders we spoke to favor drier bubbles, including Cava, $10 to $20 bottles of Prosecco, and Crémant de Loire or de Bourgogne. Carson also recommends seeking out brut nature or zero dosage wines, which have no additional sugar. (This designation is more frequently applied to Champagne, but affordable low- and no-dosage sparkling wines are made worldwide.)
On the flip side, don’t buy the cheapest sparkling wine on the rack and attempt to hide its flaws in your drink. “Avoid many of the less-expensive Prosecco options,” Murray says. “While they work in a pinch, they can often lack character or be too sweet with the addition of juice.”
2. Now Is Not the Time to Batch.
Mimosas are popular for brunch and day-drinking events, so mixing up a big batch for 20 of your closest friends may be tempting. Unfortunately, a high-volume sparkling wine cocktail is a recipe for disappointment. The juice inevitably separates from the wine. “This dilutes the bubbles and the whole drink tastes flat,” Hammond says.
If you absolutely need to make several at a time, think pitcher, not punch bowl, Carson advises. Your cocktail will thank you.
It’s not a party without some bubbly!
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Berry + peach + champagne = mimosa perfection.
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A quirky mix of the two classic drinks, this colorful cocktail combines tequila and grapefruit soda with champagne and grenadine, topped with slices of lime.
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•1 ½ oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
•1 ½ oz Tangerine Juice
•4 oz chilled Veuve Clicquot
First add juices then St. Germain and Champagne.
Ice cream + booze = brunch nirvana.
Blogger Danae suggests heating up the pear juice and letting cinnamon sticks steep in it, then refrigerating overnight. Whipping up this delicious cocktail up the next morning will be a breeze.
Treat yourself at your next brunch with this sweet twist on a classic mimosa. With a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a creamsicle base of orange juice, milk, and more ice cream (yum!), this dessert cocktail has won our hearts.
All you need is raspberry lemonade, champagne, and fresh sugared raspberries to create this elegant breakfast drink.
The mimosa is baked into cocktail culture. But for a two-ingredient wonder that’s conquered the globe and was synonymous with brunch long before the first influencer lay a slice of avocado atop thick-cut toast, little is known about the drink’s origins.
Most who dive into the history of sparkling wine and orange juice will end up in the early 1920s at a London gentleman’s club named Buck’s Club. There, a bartender named Malachy “Pat” McGarry created the venue’s namesake Buck’s Fizz cocktail, which mixed two parts Champagne with one part orange juice. Some early recipes also include a dash of grenadine at the bottom of the glass, creating a visual effect not unlike a Tequila Sunrise, though the cocktail has long since been codified to be just wine and OJ.
However, around the same time, at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, a bartender named Frank Meier began serving a drink he called the mimosa (though, notedly, it’s unknown if he claimed to invent the drink or simply popularized it by serving it at an upscale European bar, and later included it in his 1934 cocktail book The Artistry of Mixing Drinks). This version used orange juice and Champagne in equal parts, diluting the alcohol in comparison to the slightly stronger Buck’s variation.
While it’s impossible to know who the first was to create what we now call the mimosa, the truth is the drink probably predates all published bartenders and social clubs. It’s likely to have been developed organically by residents of French sparkling wine regions, who combined their bubbly with a splash of juice for extra refreshment.
Now, over 100 years since it first began to appear on bar menus, the mimosa remains one of the world’s most popular wine cocktails, and one of the few whose popularity has never seemed to wane.
What is a mimosa?
As the drink only includes two ingredients, the real question when deciding how to make a mimosa recipe is how much of each ingredient to use. Though old bartending manuals and the International Bartenders Association offer exact specifications, the real answer is that you should mix your mimosa to personal taste.
A good rule of thumb is that if using cheaper, or less-nuanced sparkling wine, mix in equal parts wine to orange juice. If using Champagne or higher-end bubbly where you wish to retain as much of the original flavor profile as possible, keep the OJ to about two ounces and top the rest of the glass with sparkling.
Coincidentally, while may restaurants and bars used to make mimosas that consisted of mostly orange juice with just a splash of bubbly on top, as many restaurants have transitioned to freshly squeezed juices it’s often become more time and cost effective to be stingy on the orange juice and double up on cheap, mass-produced sparkling wine.
What’s the best sparkling wine for a mimosa?
If you just want something affordable that will mix well and not break the bank, you can always stick to bottomless-brunch restaurant classics like Mionetto or Andre.
For something different but still affordable, New Mexico-based Gruet’s NV Brut Sparkling brings lemon notes that work well in a mimosa, while Codorníu NV Anna Blanc de Blancs Brut Reserva Sparkling Cava is a blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo with citrus and white fruit flavors, and only costs around $15. Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Brut Cava also has notes of nectarine and orange flavors with a backbone of yeast that helps add depth to your fruit-filled combination, and can be found for about $13.
If you’d like to step up your selection for a higher-end mimosa, try a sparkling wine in the $40 range, like Schramsberg’s Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling. Brisk bubbles help offset the addition of juice, and a lemony aroma ties the flavors together without becoming a full-on citrus bomb.
Coming in somewhere in-between on price point, California-based McBride Sisters’ Black Girl Magic line offers a fantastic nonvintage brut made primarily from Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, with tart bubbles and refreshing balance for $25. The label also offers a line of sparkling canned wines in bubbly red, rosé and Riesling assortments that allow you to experiment for a bit of mimosa variety, as well as better portability.
And, if you want to step things up to the level of the Champagne-based original mimosas? Feel free to pour in some Pol Roger or Bollinger, which are often cited as favorites of the British royal family for their “Champagne oranges” during the 1960s.
These mimosas are refreshing and festive brunch cocktails.
Grand mimosas are festive cocktails made with orange juice, Champagne and orange liqueur. They are traditionally served with brunch as a “hair of the dog” remedy for a hangover. The recipe can be adjusted to your liking; add more orange juice or Champagne as you see fit.
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These mimosas are refreshing and festive brunch cocktails.
- 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
- 1 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
- 1½ cups orange juice
- 6 orange slices, for garnish (optional)
- To each glass, add ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) orange liqueur. Add Champagne to fill each glass ⅔ full (you’ll need about ½ cup per glass). Top each glass off with about ¼ cup orange juice. Garnish edge of each glass with an orange slice if desired.
Gluten-Free Adaptable Note
To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you’re following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.
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Super good, gives it a deep Orange flavor and makes it feel a bit more festive with the orange zest!
- — Silvia on January 23, 2021
Best mimosa ever. Doubled the recipe and added the Champagne last. Another great one Jenn. Enjoyed for Mother’s Day.
- — Arlene Nelson on May 10, 2020
Forgot to give 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- — Arlene Nelson on May 14, 2020
i love this drink. however, I need to add some pineapple juice and a splash of vodka. very refreshing. enjoy responsibly.
- — christine
We made these this morning for Christmas. I followed the measurements exactly but it didn’t fill up an entire glass like your picture. It was very strong liquor flavour. We added more orange juice & it was better for our taste. The grand mariner definitely amps up the flavour. It wasn’t special enough to become a tradition for us though. Maybe I made a mistake when pouring? We used a cava & that was fine for the mimosa though.
- — TracyV
Hello! Every recipe I have made of yours has been fabulous! Question: I want to make this for Easter (this Sunday), but would rather make a pitcher. We’re having over 10 adults and would hate to have to keep refilling glasses. Any idea on how to adjust the recipe?
Thanks for all you do!
- — Lynn
Hi Lynn, if you’re serving 10, I would suggest doubling the recipe (you may have a little leftover). Just fill the pitcher and store the extra in the fridge until you need to refill the pitcher. Hope everyone enjoys!
- — Jenn
Perfect! I really appreciate your quick response.
- — Lynn
The recipe looks delicious. What is a good way to garnish a Mimosa?
- — Alpana
You could try a thinly sliced orange on the rim of the glass, or floating raspberries.
- — Jenn
In the picture in this post, I see a bottle of Cava. Do you have any suggestions for choosing a sparkling wine or champagne for Grand Mimosas? I am thinking you wouldn’t want to use the least nor the most expensive selections. Does Brut or Extra Dry matter?
- — Virginia
You don’t need to spend much on the champagne here. Cava (which is inexpensive) works great. In general, stick with something a little drier.
- — Jenn
These are delicious! And most definitely a step up from a plain mimosa. After these I will have a hard time having anything else. Thank you for the recipe!
- — Robin
Can you make this recipe in a pitcher rather than by the glass?
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75 ml Champagne, 75 ml Orange Juice
How To make a Mimosa
Ensure both ingredients are well chilled, and then mix together in a Champagne flute. Add the sparkling wine first, and then top with orange juice. This way, the cocktail mixes together on its own and won’t make a sticky mess at the top of the glass. No need to stir as this will cause the wine to become flat. Serve cold.
Social and Cocktail says:
The Mimosa is a simple, elegant and delicious cocktail. The drink is particularly popular served at brunch and is also increasingly turning up on wedding reception cocktail menus. Sparkling wine can be used as a substitute for champagne. Ensure the citrus juice (usually orange juice and freshly squeezed if possible) is thoroughly chilled. There is also the option to add a splash of orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or triple sec. Feel free to experiment yourself.
There is often some confusion about the difference between the Mimosa and the Bucks Fizz cocktail. In reality, they are both pretty much the same drink; however, they both lay claim to different origins. The Bucks Fizz, also a mix of orange juice and Champagne, was created by a barman called Pat McGarry at the famous London`s Buck club sometime around 1921 / 1922. The Mimosa however traces its roots back to the Paris Ritz hotel. The only really difference between the two drinks is that the Mimosa has a lower alcohol content, with 2 parts orange juice and 1 part Champagne whereas the Bucks Fizz reverses these proportions, creating a stronger tasting concoction.
Did You Know?
Whreas a Bucks Fizz has a 2:1 orange juice to Champagne ratio, a Mimosa has a 1:1 ratio. The Mimosa cocktail is believed to have been invented circa 1925 in the Hotel Ritz Paris by Frank Meier. The name comes from the Acacia dealbata, a species of Australian shrub favoured by French gardeners; its flowers are, well, Mimosa-coloured.
Fresh strawberry orange juice paired with champagne is the most delicious mimosa recipe! These strawberry mimosas are about to up your brunch game big time!
Lately, I’ve been on quite the mimosa kick (and you should be too!)
Mimosas are a fun drink for all occasions and strawberry mimosas are the perfect Summer flavor!
Strawberry mimosa ingredients
Strawberry mimosa calls for just 3 ingredients; orange juice, strawberries, and champagne.
The best orange juice for mimosas is either fresh squeezed or a store-bought kind with pulp. Orange juice with pulp tastes more similar to fresh squeezed.
How do you make strawberry mimosas
- Add strawberries and orange juice to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour champagne into a flute by holding the glass at a 45-degree angle.
- Top off with orange-strawberry juice and add garnishes.
Best champagne for strawberry mimosas
A cheap to mid-range Brut or Cava are your best options for mimosas. You can also get away with a dry Prosecco but that tends to be on the sweeter side.
I recommend going with a Brut for this strawberry mimosa recipe!
How to make mimosas in a pitcher
Have a large crowd to please? Try making mimosas in a pitcher!
- Prepare the juice blend and pour into a large pitcher
- Add chopped fresh fruit and place int he fridge until ready to serve
- Pour in chilled champagne and stir before serving
Can you make non-alcoholic mimosas?
Yes! Just replace the champagne with some carbonated drink like La Croix to make a virgin mimosa.
If you tried this strawberry mimosa recipe, let me know in the comments below and share a photo using #mindfulavocado. I’d love to hear from you! Want to see more recipes? Let’s get social! CONNECT WITH ME on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest to see what I’m currently cooking up!
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Ahhhh, mimosas. It’s high time we talked about what really matters in this life: things related to champagne. The mimosa is the quintessential champagne drink – an acceptable morning beverage or brunch cocktail, loved by college kids and moms alike. And it could not be easier to make!
However – it can go very very wrong. So let’s answer all the questions you might have, to make sure you get it RIGHT.
What is the best champagne for mimosas?
When you are looking for a mimosa champagne, the very first thing to know is that you might not want to actually use champagne at all! A cava or prosecco mimosa is much preferred!
Why not use champagne?
Well, for various reasons, it’s generally more expensive than prosecco and cava. And the mimosa is NOT the time to flex your champagne collection. Frankly, when I see anyone make a mimosa with a bottle of bubbly that cost more than $15ish dollars, I think they’re out of their mind.
I swear if I see one more person make a Veuve Clicquot mimosa I’m going to jump through the screen and strangle them.
It’s a waste. The orange juice covers the nuanced flavors and weighs down the delicate bubbles of good champagne.
So what SHOULD you use then? A Brut or other dry bubbly. Don’t be fooled if the label says “Extra Dry” . that actually won’t be what you want. Look for BRUT! OJ has enough sweetness to it, and if the wine adds more, it will be too sugary, plus you’ll feel terrible tomorrow after all that sweet. If you want to learn more about bubbles, check out my Champagne Primer!
These are my picks for prosecco mimosas and cava mimosas ( prices are based off of what was listed on the Total Wine website at the time of publishing):
- Segura Viudas Brut (Cava) $10
- Rondel Brut (Cava) $8
- Freixenet (Cava) $10
- Ruffino (Prosecco) $10
- La Vostra (Prosecco) $9
And while we’re at it, let’s talk about everything you might put in a mimosa:
A little bit about mimosa ingredients
A mimosa is a sparkling wine cocktail with any citrus juice in it. Orange juice has historically been the most prolific, but grapefruit juice is also a wonderful choice. I highly encourage you to be creative, and even move into bellini territory, by adding peach juice.
Whatever juice you use, make sure it is of the highest quality. My recommendation is freshly squeezed immediately before serving, but I do understand that isn’t always possible, particularly when planning for a large event where there will be other considerations beyond just the juice. Given that.
Best Premade Juice for Mimosas
These are my favorite orange juice brands for mimosas, in order of how much I love them:
- Natalie’s Orchard Island Juice Company Orange Juice ( also makes wonderful grapefruit juice )
- Indian River Select Valencia Orange Juice
- Trader Joe’s Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Technically, it should be 1:1 – 1 part juice to 1 part sparkling wine. For me, that is wayyyy too acidic on the juice front and I believe the perfect mimosa ratio is closer to 1:4 – 1 part juice to 4 parts sparkling wine.
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A Raspberry Mimosa is a fun, festive take on a classic brunch drink. This cocktail highlights raspberry simple syrup, as well as a combination of orange juice and your favorite sparkling wine. Perfect for brunch, Mother’s Day or other holiday celebrations! Serves 4, but can easily be doubled for a crowd.
Hi y’all! I’m Erin, one of Meg’s friends and the lady behind The Speckled Palate, a blog that focuses on food for sharing and easy entertaining. Like, really, really, really easy, low-key entertaining.
Meg wrote a post for me back in 2018 when I had my second daughter, and I’m so happy to be here today to return the favor as Meg and baby boy settle into their routine.
Why I love this recipe:
As someone who’s all about easy entertaining, brunch is one of my favorite meals to host at my house. Why? It’s kid-friendly, and it’s easy to throw things together without much additional stress.
At-home brunch isn’t complete without a mimosa or two!
And this mimosa is something special. I mean—look at that color! Look at the flavors! It’s SO tasty, just perfectly sweet enough and wonderfully bubbly.
Other brunch drinks you might enjoy: Strawberry Champagne
What you need to make these Mimosas
- Small saucepan
- A blender (like a Vitamix!)
- 8 oz. mason jar
- Champagne flutes
In addition to these tools, you’re going to need some ingredients, too.
- Granulated sugar
- Raspberries—you can use fresh or frozen. I used fresh because that’s what I had on hand!
- Sparkling wine—we used prosecco in these drinks because that’s what we had on hand, but any dry champagne or a Cava works in this recipe
- Orange juice—grab your favorite brand from the store or spring for the cold press fresh squeezed stuff at your local grocery. It’s divine!
How to make a Raspberry Mimosa
Make the Raspberry Simple Syrup
In a small saucepan, combine the water, granulated sugar and raspberries. You can use fresh or frozen, so use whatever you’ve got on hand and whatever is easiest.
Heat the ingredients over medium-high heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. This should take 2-3 minutes tops. We don’t want the mixture to come to a boil, so keep an eye on it.
Turn off the heat, and let the flavors infuse and cool for 30 minutes. Be sure to set a timer so you don’t forget about ‘em!
After the 30 minutes, blend the simple syrup in a blender until smooth, then transfer to an 8 oz. mason jar.
Refrigerate until time to use. It’s nice to have this simple syrup cold so that it doesn’t warm up your mimosa.
A note on the raspberry simple syrup: Since we’re combining fresh raspberries with sugar and water, this is going to be thicker than your traditional simple syrup. It’s supposed to be, so don’t fret about the consistency. It’ll all work out when everything is in the cup together.
Make the Mimosa(s)
In a champagne glass (or multiple glasses), measure out 1 ½ oz. raspberry simple syrup and pour in the orange juice, too.
Open your chilled sparkling wine bottle, and top off the glass. Stir with a cocktail spoon.
Garnish with a few raspberries and a sprig of mint, and enjoy immediately!
A note on the quantity of this recipe: This simple syrup makes enough for 4 drinks. You can easily double or triple it… or you can make the batch laid out here and keep it in the fridge over the course of a few days to make a few mimosas for yourself.
When should you drink a mimosa?
You can drink a mimosa for a lot of different events. At-home brunch is a fabulous time for a mimosa, so is a bridal shower. You could also serve these on any holiday where you’re having a fancier breakfast.
How do you garnish a mimosa?
You can garnish a mimosa however you like, but these raspberry mimosas look particularly pretty with 1-2 additional raspberries floating in them.
What alcohol is good for mimosas?
A classic mimosa recipe uses champagne. You can also use other sparkling wines, like prosecco and cava.
Here’s the best mimosa recipe! This one’s made with Italian Prosecco, orange juice, and a dash of Cointreau for the perfect bubbly citrus flavor.
Here’s the drink that wins the award for best brunch drink: the mimosa! Since we’re cocktail fanatics over here, we realized we needed to add our spin on this classic. How to make a perfect mimosa? Use Prosecco instead of champagne for a sweeter, nuanced flavor. Use it with a heavy hand, and add a dash of orange liqueur. It’s tart, just sweet enough, and bubbly as all get out. Here’s how to make this beautiful and bright Prosecco mimosa!
What’s in this mimosa?
The mimosa is a classic 2-ingredient cocktail that’s easily served without a recipe. But to make the best mimosa: here’s what we do! The mimosa is actually on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This means that there’s an “official” definition of the mimosa, which is equal parts orange juice and champagne. Here’s what we’ve done for this mimosa to take it over the top:
- Orange juice (fresh juice or bottled fresh juice with no pulp — not from concentrate!)
- Prosecco (or any sparkling wine like champagne or Cava)
- Cointreau (orange liqueur)
Why to make a Prosecco mimosa
Of course, you can use any type of sparkling wine you’d like! The traditional champagne works, or the Spanish version of champagne called Cava. Prosecco is an Italian version of champagne.
We like making a Prosecco mimosa because the wine is little sweeter than champagne and has bigger bubbles. The flavor has a little more nuance too: you’ll get notes of apple, pear and lemon. It’s such a treat! You should be able to find Prosecco at your local grocery or wine store, and it’s usually about $15 per bottle. Read more at Prosecco vs Champagne.
Want more drinks with Prosecco? Try our Prosecco Cocktail or any of our Champagne Cocktails.
The ratio for a mimosa
This is actually a topic of great debate! The IBA official definition of a mimosa ratio is equal parts champagne and orange juice. However (and a big however!), you’ll find many sources that like to use more champagne or Prosecco.
Alex and I love tart flavors, so you won’t be surprised: we prefer our mimosa with more Prosecco. This best mimosa recipe uses a ratio of 1 part orange juice to 2 parts champagne / Prosecco. Using this ratio is also called a Buck’s Fizz. So you can call it that if you want to confuse your friends and family!
Add orange liqueur (Cointreau) to top it off!
What makes this the best mimosa aside from the Prosecco is topping off the glass with a little Cointreau. If you’ve been following along with our cocktail journey, you’ll know that Cointreau is the secret to the perfect margarita. Indeed, the IBA official definition of a margarita is lime juice, tequila and Cointreau (not sugar!). It’s also used in a Cosmo. So perhaps you have a bottle in your cabinet already.
Adding a splash of Cointreau adds a hint of orange perfume flavor, which takes this mimosa to the next level. We highly encourage it!
A tip for pouring this Prosecco mimosa
You can pour a mimosa one of two ways: champagne first, or orange juice first. We used to always do orange juice first, but here’s a trick. Pouring the Prosecco into the glass first lets you hold it at an angle and preserve the bubbles. It also avoids overfilling the glass with out of control champagne bubbles! Then you can top it off with the orange juice and if desired, Cointreau.
Mix it up: mimosa variations
There are lots of ways to mix up your mimosa! You can use different fruit juices, or a combination of fruit juice and orange juice. Here are some ideas:
- Peach puree: with peach puree it becomes the Bellini!
- Mango puree: with mango puree it becomes the Mango Mimosa
- Strawberries: try a Strawberry Mimosa
- Cranberry juice: try a Cranberry Mimosa or Poinsettia (holiday variation)
- Pineapple juice: try a Pineapple Mimosa
- Apple cider: try an Apple Cider Mimosa
- Pomegranate juice: try a Pomegranate Mimosa
- Grapefruit juice: it becomes the Megmosa
- Lemon juice: it becomes the Lemosa
- Virgin: with ginger ale it’s a Non Alcoholic Mimosa
When to serve mimosa with Prosecco
The mimosa is perfect for any daytime occasion: especially as a brunch drink! It’s not often that a mimosa is served in the evening, so make sure to save it for the morning and afternoon. Here are some great times to serve it:
- Brunch drink (Mother’s Day, etc)
- New Year’s Day drink
- Bridal shower drink
- Bachelorette party drink
- Luncheon drink
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Sunrise Mimosa Recipe – A gorgeous and delicious twist to the classic mimosas prepared with mangos, orange juice, prosecco, and liqueur.
Hey YA! Happy Day! Guess what time it is? It’s time for a reaaaaally good Easter brunch snack.
Make your Mama proud and prepare these gorgeous MOMosas for her. Errr! Mimosas. Sunrise Mimosas.
EASY to make 4 ingredient mimosas are a delightful beverage to add to a weekend brunch. Plus, you only need a few minutes to whip them up.
This is a recipe that you barely have to work with, but you definitely want to take your time making it. It’s all in the details, and no matter how easy it may be, you still want to concentrate and apply yourself to it.
Okay. That’s a bit much. It’s nowhere near as problematic as I make it seem. I’m a bit of a drama queen, thus, forgiveness please.
WHO else loves mangoes more than any other fruit in the world?! Please stand up! Because, I’m standing with you.
Guys, I buy bags of chopped mangoes (too lazy to cut it myself) and snack on bowls of it thrice a day. No joke. I love it thiiiis much, and it’s why I included it in our Sunrise Mimosa.
HOW TO MAKE SUNRISE MIMOSAS
- Here’s what’s up. That up there? It’s a puree of mangoes with orange juice. First time I made it, the puree didn’t even make it to the champagne flutes. I literally picked up the blender and drank it all straight from the jar. ’twas ah.may.zing.
- Buuuuut! The next step is even better because that mango concoction meets up with a bottle of Prosecco. 🙌
- Finally, a slow stream of pomegranate liqueur is added in and Sunrise Mimosas are born.
- Cheers! 🥂
A bubbly, crisp taste paired with a nice balance from the orange juice is all that you will need to complete a beautifully elegant brunch.
Mimosa is a vibrant cocktail which is very easy to make. Mimosa Recipe is one of the simplest cocktail recipe to make at home and tasty great.
Mimosa Drink is made of equal parts of Champagne and Orange Juice.
It is very similar to Buck’s Fizz Cocktail but in Buck’s Fizz you add two parts of Champagne and one part of Orange Juice.
Some people prefer to use other Sparkling wines as well instead of Champagne.
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It is a simple and easy to make cocktail at home or house parties.
Drink responsibly – It is recommended adults do not regularly drink more than 14 units per week. Always check label for unit information.
Mimosa Cocktail – How To Mix
If you want to keep it simple, and don’t want all the hassle of making a Cocktail then Mimosa is a great choice just like Buck’s Fizz.
Being simple and easy doesn’t need to come at the cost of taste so don’t worry it is a great Cocktail for all times.
Not every time you need to take all the hassle of making a nice drink for yourself, some days need to be just easy and relaxing, so Mimosa is there for you.
To make Mimosa all you need to do is have freshly squeezed Orange Juice and some Champagne.
It is better to have freshly squeezed Orange juice as in our opinion it tastes better but you can go for some good brand of Orange Juices such as – Growers Harvest Orange Juice, Tropicana Orange Juice, Real Orange Juice or any of your favourite.
To make Mimosa cocktail, simply take freshly squeezed orange juice in a flute glass. Now slowly top it up with Champagne and that is all.
It hardly takes two steps to make such an easy to make Cocktail – Mimosa at home.
One more thing, it is not just easy to make cocktail but is also a Cocktail for the Calorie conscious (
Add a third ingredient—Grand Marnier—to really improve your brunch game.
Grand Marnier (optional)
- Fill champagne flute 1/3 full of fresh-squeezed orange juice.
- Top up with brut champagne.
- Add the teaspoon of Grand Marnier.
Mimosas are astonishingly easy to make. Just champagne and fresh orange juice, mixed in a flute and sipped alongside a hearty meal of french toast, breakfast sausage, and home fries. That spread is all fine and good. In fact, we’ll see you at the next brunch table over, shamelessly shelling out 30 bucks for Mimosas of the bottomless variety to go with our eggs benedict. But should you want to skip the trip to the restaurant and mix up some of your own Mimosas at home, you can juj them up with a teaspoon or so of Grand Marnier; the orange liqueur add a little complexity to the exceedingly simple drink. A dash of orange bitters works well, too.
A Little Background
Who first invented the mimosa? A bartender craving some Vitamin C? Whoever it was, that person tangentially invented brunching as a metropolitan sport. But by the mid-20th century, plenty of folks had taken to the cocktail. Alfred Hitchcock, for one. Even the Queen reportedly tried and liked the concoction. As for the name, the mimosa is also a tree that blooms with bright yellow flowers.
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If you’re looking for something with a slightly more tropical flavor, there’s the Blushing Mimosa. For that one, create a mixture that’s two parts orange juice, one part pineapple juice. Fill a champagne flute two-thirds full of the juice mixture, top with champagne, and then add two tablespoons of grenadine. Another brunch-friendly drink is the Bellini, with Prosecco and peach purée. And an Apple Cider Mimosa will keep you buzzed on a fall morning, thanks to a helping of cinnamon whiskey. There are plenty of other cocktail with sparkling wine, too.
Introduction: Mimosa Recipe
This brunch-time staple is one of my all time favorite cocktails. A mimosa’s combination of fresh, sweet, and bubbly makes it a great sidekick for friends and the morning sun! I’m going to show you how to make a classic mimosa recipe (the best in my opinion) and offer suggestions for fun and tasty variations.
Step 1: Supplies
Dry Sparkling Wine
Because you’re mixing it with orange juice, you don’t have to worry about buying super high quality wine, but I do recommend spending at least $10 (and up to $15) per bottle. If you spend less there’s a good chance you’ll end up with a big headache in exchange for your dollars saved.
My favorite sparkling wine for making mimosas is Presto, a prosecco brut – inexpensive and delicious!
For the best tasting drink, it only makes sense to buy the best quality juice! And to me that means fresh squeezed, NOT concentrate. If you don’t have time to juice it yourself, there are good commercially squeezed options available at most grocery stores.
For a classic mimosa look, champagne flutes are the way to go (pictured), but don’t hesitate to change that up if your occasion calls for it. As an example, canning jars as glasses would look great at a barn brunch!
Orange slices and mint make great garnishes!
Cold is Gold!
It’s important to keep both the sparkling wine and the OJ in the fridge right up until it’s time to mix and serve the drinks. This ensures that the bubbles stay bubbly and the flavor stays fresh!
Step 2: The Golden Ratio
The classic mix ratio is 50% sparkling wine / 50% orange juice.
Always pour the sparkling wine in first! This ensures that the wine gets mixed into the orange juice without having to stir it, which can flatten the wine.
* For my Instructable on how to open a champagne bottle without blowing it, click here!
Step 3: Mix Using Gravity
Top up the glass with your fresh squeezed OJ.
Step 4: Garnish & Serve!
Add garnish of choice and immediately serve.
Step 5: Recipe Variations
Some great recipe variations to try are:
– using orange / mango juice (This juice is thicker, so make the ratio 60% wine to 40% juice.)
– adding cut strawberries, lemon, and basil, 40% sparkling water, and only a splash of OJ to the 50% sparkling wine
– using fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice instead of OJ
– adding some pineapple juice to your OJ before mixing it with the wine
Let me know which one turns into your favorite and happy brunching!
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Mimosa brightens up every Sunday brunch or any meal on any day for that matter! This recipe uses only three ingredients at most! Watch the short video tutorial and see how easy it is to make it at home now!
We have many recipes for drinks that are equally refreshing and easy-to-prepare. Check out the recipes for White Russian, Moscow Mule, and Irish Coffee!
Easy Mimosa Recipe
Mimosa tastes as brightly as it looks! This drink, when placed in stylish champagne flutes, could very well decorate your brunch buffet table. That orange juice in it makes it so lively and vibrant. Aside from the bright color, the orange juice benefits that add value to this beverage. The vitamin C in it alone helps improve the immune system. It also has other nutrients and antioxidants that help lower blood pressure and prevent chronic diseases.
But, of course, the health benefits will be the last thing that you will think of when gulping down this cocktail. It is fizzy and fun to drink with a rich citrus flavor!
What is a Mimosa?
It is a mixture of champagne and orange juice. An optional addition is a liqueur. It is possibly named after a tree with flowers of the same color. It is easy to prepare, refreshing, and pairs well with a lot of dishes, specifically those that fall under the brunch category. Said to be invented by Frank Meier in 1925 in Paris, its recipe did not appear until several years later in his book. And in that book, it was not indicated that he invented it.
In America, it started to get popularity in the 1960s and is still popular today. That is proof of how well-received this cocktail is.
So, what makes this drink so special that it is best served during brunch? History has it that the royal family even loved this drink but as an afternoon drink, not brunch. Turns out that it was popularized by celebrities! Since then, it has been known to be a brunch cocktail along with bloody Mary.
What kind of champagne is best for Mimosa?
Save your champagne for a fancier occasion. Since you will be putting OJ in it, a cava or a prosecco will do. Find ones that have a hint of citrus that will blend well with the OJ. Even the most affordable sparkling wines will do!
What juices can you use in Mimosa?
The most basic and classic version calls for orange juice. But now, people are keen to add other kinds like mango, pineapple, watermelon, or whatnot. These are all wonderful add-ins that you can serve to add variety.
How to make a Mimosa Cocktail?
The best OJ is the freshly squeezed one. So, you will have to prepare this ahead before moving onto the next step.
You will need to chill all your ingredients as it is best chilled, not with ice.
Get your champagne flutes and fill one half with the dry sparkling wine. Then, top each one with the OJ.
Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier in each one before serving. This is optional.
How to make Mimosa pitcher for a crowd?
Simply follow the ratio of bubbly to juice in this recipe. Pour one whole 750-mL bottle of the sparkling wine, then, add in the citrus that will take about 3 cups.
Do you need to stir the drinks?
No, you do not. Just put the sparkling wine first before the OJ to instantly mix the two ingredients. Stirring will release the bubbles.
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I’m on a huge guava kick right now people, and this tropical mimosa combines champagne and guava into a delicious and refreshing guava cocktail recipe that can’t be beaten!
I pretty much think my favorite brunch can always be improved with a nice classic mimosa. Preferably bottomless. However, I was getting a bit tired of the same old, same old mimosa with orange juice.
And while there are lots of ways to make a mimosa “tropical”- (think adding pineapple juice, mango juice, or even a skinny mimosa with coconut water) I thought the addition of guava would be super fun.
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Guava Cocktails In Costa Rica
I wanted a cocktail that would be a little different and a little more reminiscent of Costa Rica. Since the guava grows almost all year in Costa Rica, we use it for a ton of different recipes. Guava nectar (we call it jugo de guayaba) is popular during the summertime, and super easy to make when you have an excess of guavas.
Here in the States, I didn’t have an excess of guavas (although I can generally find fresh guavas in Walmart, which is random), I did have an excess of guava juice. I had purchased a huge container in Costco, and one night was wanting a fun adult beverage and decided to try mixing it with champagne.
It’s refreshing, delicious and healthy (right? I mean fruit is healthy? Ok maybe not.) It is a light and fun sparkling cocktail, and thus the “Guava Bellini” was born. More on that next.
What’s the Difference Between A Bellini and a Mimosa?
So– I’ve been calling this a Tropical Bellini pretty much the entire time I’ve been making it. I just like the way it sounds! I stand corrected, however (as reflected in my post title).
See, a Bellini uses Prosecco, which is pretty much my favorite sparkling wine. A Mimosa, on the other hand, uses champagne. So this is a Guava Mimosa- even though with a quick switch of wine you can just call it a Guava Bellini.
This anytime-cocktail was invented in Paris’s Hôtel Ritz. It doesn’t get much easier than this to feel elegant, even in the morning when this simple beverage is most often imbibed.
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List of Ingredients
2.5 oz orange juice
1. Pop your bottle!
2. Add champagne or sparkling white wine along with organge juice to your champagne flute.
3. Garnish with an orange slice.
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Mimosa is an easy sparkling wine and orange juice recipe. There seem to be endless variations such as a Prosecco Mimosa with Cointreau. So check out these Mimosa Bar Ideas for the next time you’re able to have guests over.
Mimosas are such a simple pleasure and the recipe is almost just a how-to. The extra exciting bit of information is how versatile it is.
The variations can go on and on with switching out juices and topping off with specialty liqueurs that the fun has truly just begun.
Now you don’t have to change the recipe up at all and that is one of the reasons that Mimosas have stayed in the upper ranks in cocktail popularity contests.
You want to choose a yellow drink that is one of your favorites. After all, the mimosa tree that it is named after is bright yellow.
Even if you go a little peachy in color the taste will be divine.
And . don’t forget that there are purple flowering mimosa trees to so don’t forget that color also.
🍹 Juice Variations
Colors featured below from yellow to purple.
- Orange juice is the original and classic juice of choice.
- Mango juice has the most vibrant color.
- Pineapple juice is sweet and gives a tropical vibe.
- Peach juice is turning a little orange and has a unique flavor.
- Raspberry-lemonade tastes so good on its own and makes a really delicious and pretty mimosa.
- Blood Oranges are a very deep reddish-orange color and ti thins out nicely with sparkling wine.
- Orange and cranberry make a lovely holiday mimosa.
- Grape Juice is deep purple and delicious for a Prosecco Mimosa.
🥂 Liqueur toppers
The very most popular fruit liqueurs to make everyone happy! They’re attractive bottles too so they really add to the mimosa bar.
- Chambord – black raspberries – clear deep purple
- Cointreau – oranges – colorless
- Grenadine – pomegranate – deep red
💭 Mimosa bar ideas
So the recipe is simple for a basic crowd pleaser mimosa and you can carry on from there if you’re feeling a little fancy.
- Try not to overwhelm guests with too many choices.
- Choose three to four juices. If you’re looking for a fancier bar then pour the juices into clear glass bottles.
- Have all three of the liqueurs sitting together on the table.
- Glasses and these can be mixed varieties or all one kind such as flutes (as are shown in these photos), stemless flutes but they are a little harder to hang on to, shaped flutes, and flared flutes.
- Coasters spread around strategically and a few stacked on the bar.
- Fresh fruit garnishes and you can use orange quarters with many different fruit mimosas. Strawberries are nice too. A few blueberries sprinkled in the bottom of a purple/red mimosa is petty too.
- No ice goes into mimosas but you do need ice for the ice bucket (or two) to keep the bubbly cold or use a larger acrylic ice tub to hold four or more bottles.
- Now you can make mimosas for everyone or they can help themselves.
- Orange juice
- Sparkling wine (I love a Prosecco Mimosa)
- Liqueur topping if you so choose – see list above
- Fruit garnish if you so choose.
Set up your bar for quick and easy handling.
Start to pour in the sparkling wine until the glass is at about half-full. Pour very slowly but, even better, lift and tilt the glass as you slowly pour in the bubbly.
After you have the desired measurement of sparkling wine then fill up the glass with orange juice. Freshly squeezed oranges are always the best but you can certainly use your favorite store-bought variety.
The classic combo of orange juice and sparkling wine is always a good place to start.
Now that you’re in the party mood how about checking out some more cocktails?
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- This Silver Cadillac Margarita is over the top delicious.
- If you’re looking for beauty and uniqueness in a drink then make a Patriotic Passion American Cocktail or two.
- Michelada is made vegan for this favorite cooling-off cocktail.
- Pretty in red and refreshing as all get out. The Pomegranate Swizzle Cocktail!
If you take a photo of your gorgeous golden mimosa I would love to see it. Follow me over on Instagram and tag me on your photo @vegan_in_the_freezer.
The Mimosa cocktail is a fresh and sparkling aperitif based on orange juice and champagne, popular and loved all over the world. It is a variation of the Bellini cocktail, made with prosecco and peach pulp. The Mimosa cocktail was invented in 1925 by a barman at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, who gave this drink the name of the yellow flower that reminded it of its color, mimosa. A few years earlier, in 1921, Buck’s Fizz was born in London, a cocktail almost identical to Mimosa one which takes its name from the place in which it was invented and differentiates itself only for the doses. In America the Mimosa is served mainly during Sunday brunch, as a sparkling alternative to the classic orange juice, while in other countries such as Italy it is served as an aperitif. It is really quick and easy to make.
Differences between Mimosa cocktail and Buck’s Fizz
Mimosa cocktail and Buck’s Fizz are two drinks made with the same ingredients, orange juice and champagne. Only the doses make them different. Mimosa has the same amount of orange juice and champagne, while Buck’s Fizz has double the amount of orange juice. However, both are part of the large Fizz family, the mixed drinks that perfectly accompany aperitifs, fish dishes and brunches. Buck’s Fizz can be enriched with the addition of Grand Marnier, while a variant of Mimosa provides for the addition of grenadine. In both cases, the variants increase the alcohol content and give a more intense color to the drink. But let’s see how to prepare a perfect Mimosa cocktail.
How to make the Mimosa Cocktail
Squeeze the orange and filter through a fine mesh strainer.
Pour the juice into a flute and add the very cold champagne. Garnish the drink with an orange slice.
Your Mimosa cocktail is ready to be served cold and sparkling.
Tips for the Best Mimosa
– For the preparation of this drink, use only fresh orange juice and not ready-made juices, the taste will be different.
– The ingredients must all be cold in the refrigerator for the cocktail to be successful.
– The original recipe of the Mimosa cocktail involves the use of champagne, but you can also use brut sparkling wines such as Franciacorta.
How to store Mimosa Cocktail
The Mimosa cocktail should be enjoyed immediately after preparation. If you store it in the refrigerator, it will lose its taste.
“Fresh squeezed orange juice, champagne, cointreau and makes one refreshing brunch mimosa! Make an ice cold pitcher full and keep the party going”
Watch me make this Brunch Mimosa By The Pitcher from start to finish!
Wedding, weddings, weddings. It’s wedding season….and baby shower season… and graduation season! Spring & early summer brings on all kinds of celebrations! Brunches are such a popular way to celebrate all of those festivities!
When you think of a brunch cocktail the most popular one that comes to mind is the good ol’ tried and true mimosa!! You just can’t go wrong with chilled orange juice and champagne. I like to stick my orange juice in the freezer for a while and let it get a little slushy! So good! It’s such a simple drink so simple yet taste so delicious.
Mimosas are so bright, citrusy, and refreshing! How can you not feel happy drinking this beauty? The perfect excuse to get to boozing before 5 pm! Ha! I’ve had a ton of different mimosa flavors using different juices from watermelon, sour apple to cherry! However, I’m always pulled back to the classic, just simple fresh-squeezed orange juice!
Nothing beats fresh-squeezed orange juice in a mimosa! Good thing this drink is so easy! Squeeze the orange juice the night before and let it chill in the fridge so that you won’t have to worry about this step when it’s time to serve the mimosas.
Tips for the BEST Mimosas
Even though mimosas are simple drinks, here are a few tips that may come in handy.
- Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Is Best. If you’re only making mimosas for a small group, go with fresh squeezed! The taste is much better and considering mimosa are half orange juice, you want it to be the best daggum orange juice ever! For a twist try using blood oranges with a few tangerines! Yum!
- Use Good Champagne: Use your favorite dry, sparkling non-sweet champagne. Prosseco is the most popular for mimosas.
- Keep It Cold: Make sure all ingredients are super cold before you make your pitcher of Mimosas. I usually make the fresh-squeezed orange juice the night before and stick it in the freezer prior to that it gets a bit slushy. I also chill my glasses.
That’s it! Easy, peasy and so delicious! And who says you need to have a brunch in order to make this?? Make it for yourself one morning ……while wearing a silk robe and smoking a long cigarette! Just playing about the smoking part, that’s just how I remember it as a kid in all those old soap operas my granddad use to watch.
Single Serve Mimosa
But to make a solo mimosa just add equal parts orange juice and champagne. Then add a splash of triple sec if desired.