Immerse yourself in the luxurious bubbles of a classic Mimosa – a simple yet elegant cocktail that brings a splash of citrus brightness to any celebration.
Few things brighten my week more than an entry on my calendar: Brunch. Getting some much-needed time with some of my closest friends helps propel me through the weekday slog. And I’ll be honest: it’s not only the promise of catching up on the latest news about Staci’s daughter or Leslie’s travel adventures. I also look forward to toasting them both with a refreshing flute of mimosa.
The orange juice and champagne cocktail makes me feel like I have something to celebrate—and with good friends, I always do! The mimosa has lots of friends too, like the Bellini and this delicious Prosecco Sorbet cocktail. The good thing is they can all come to brunch together!
Why You Will Love This Cocktail Recipe
It doesn’t get much easier than two ingredients. While it’s an indulgence to order a mimosa at a fancy brunch spot, one of the reasons I like this mimosa recipe so much is that I can also whip one up at home, cozy in some ratty PJs and curled up on the couch. No matter the occasion or location, the first sip always feels like a celebration.
- A champagne flute
- A citrus juicer
- A measuring cup
- A stirrer
- 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 bottle of champagne a good sparkling wine can be an alternative
- Chill your glass to ensure a cold drink all the way through.
- Fill a champagne flute half full with orange juice.
- Fill the remaining space in the flute with champagne.
- Lastly, slightly stir to blend, and enjoy your drink right away.
Tip & Tricks For a Perfect Mimosa
- Make your own orange juice. The freshly squeezed juice makes your mimosa pop.
- Refrigerate both the champagne and orange juice before making your Mimosa.
- Pour the champagne slowly to avoid to prevent buildup of foam.
- While the traditional ratio for a mimosa is 1:1, feel free to adjust based on your preference. I prefer mine with a bit more Champagne, my ideal ratio is 2 parts champagne to 1 part orange juice!
A mimosa is on the lower-end calorie-wise, coming in between 80-120 calories. Freshly squeezed orange juice and dry champagnes like Brut Nature of Extra Brut can lower the calorie count even more.
While the original recipe calls for champagne, you can use prosecco, cava, or any sparkling, dry wine.
You can do a gentle stir if you’d like, but usually the pour mixes the ingredients well enough.
Mimosa Variations Worth Trying
- Bellini: Substitute peach purée and Prosecco for orange juice and champagne.
- Poinsettia: For a festive holiday drink, swap the orange juice for cranberry juice.
- Mocktail Mimosa: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or carbonated water for an alcohol-free mimosa.
- Fruity options: If you’re not feeling the orange juice, any citrus juice will work. You might try grapefruit or blood orange, to start.
How to Store
If you’re a prep-ahead kinda gal, go ahead and set the table, make the breakfast casserole, and double check to make sure you have orange juice and champagne. But you’ll have to wait until just before you serve to make your mimosas, otherwise, the bubbly fizz will go flat. Store the ingredients separately to have mimosas the next day too (if you’re using fresh orange juice, it usually lasts for a day or two).
If you have leftover mimosas, get creative! You could use it as a starter for some punch or to add some citrusy flair to another dish a salad sauce.