Learn how to make a simple mimosa at home with our easy recipe, tips and tricks! This cocktail uses only 2 ingredients and is perfect for all occasions, but especially brunch!
Mimosas are the classic brunch cocktail. They’re truly perfect for any holiday or occasion and they are SO simple to make.
If you’re hosting a Christmas brunch, Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day picnic or putting together a bubbly bar for a graduation party, mimosa must be on the menu. They’re easy for the host to put together and there are several variations you can make!
How to Make Mimosas
This is one of the easiest cocktails you’ll ever make. It consists of only 2 simple ingredients: sparkling white wine and orange juice! We recommend that you use fresh squeezed orange juice or buy freshly squeezed orange juice at the store.
We find that the best ratio is 50/50 sparkling white wine and orange juice. For a stronger cocktail, you can also do 2 parts sparkling wine and 1 part orange juice.
Chill the sparkling white wine so it’s nice and cold.
When you’re ready to serve, pour the sparkling wine into the Champagne flute 1/2 way full.
Let the bubbles settle, then top until the champagne fills 1/2 of the glass.
Next, pour in the fresh squeezed orange juice until you reach the top of the glass. Leave about 1/2″ to add in a slice of an orange.
Tips for Making a Mimosa
Use a Champagne Flute – This glass is designed to preserve carbonation. They are perfect for celebrations and the only glass sparkling wine and Champagne should be served in. These are the ones we used.
Make a Batch – If you’re serving many people, mix the mimosa up in a larger pitcher then pour into each glass.
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice – To make them the best, use freshly squeezed orange juice. Make this the day before and store it in refrigerator.
Cold Ingredients – You want the orange juice and sparkling wine to be chilled, so make sure they’re both cold before serving. Usually leaving them in the refrigerator over night.
Chill The Glass – Since you don’t add ice to mimosas, chilling the Champagne flutes helps create a super cold cocktail that’s even smoother when sipping.
How to Choose Sparkling Wine for Mimosas
Look for a dry sparkling wine, that’s not too sweet. Dry sparkling wines are made from non-aromatic grapes and are usually labeled as Brut.
Since you’re mixing the sparkling white wine with orange juice you don’t need to spend a lot of money on the wine. A $12 to $15 bottle will be perfect for making mimosas.
An inexpensive bottle of Prosecco or Cava will also work for making mimosas.
Blood Orange Mimosa
One of our favorite mimosa variations is made with blood orange. Blood oranges are in season December through April. They give the cocktail a vibrant reddish pink color and have a sweeter flavor.
To make a blood orange mimosa, simply switch out the orange juice for freshly squeezed blood orange juice.
The classic mimosa is made with sparkling wine and orange juice, however, there are several versions you can make! Here are a few of our favorites, simply switch out the juices for the below:
- Cranberry Juice
- Grapefruit Juice
- Lemonade – Use fresh lemonade.
- Pienapple Juice
- Pear Juice
- Apple Cider – Great for fall!
We even made a carrot and blood orange mimosa that was fantastic for Easter!
You can also add a splash of Grand Marnier, Chambord or Lillet.
If you want to enjoy a non-alcoholic mimosa, replace the sparkling wine with sparkling soda or sparkling grape juice like Martinelli’s.
How to Make a Mimosa Bar
Place out Champagne flutes with a few bottles of sparkling wine. Then in carafes have different juices like orange, grapefruit, pear juice or apple cider.
In small bowls have berries and citrus slices to garnish glasses. You can also put out a few liqueurs for guests to add a splash!
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Let us know if you make these super simple mimosas by leaving a comment and review below! We’d love to know your thoughts.
- 3 ounces sparkling white wine
- 3 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
- Fill a Chapgane flute halfway full with sparkling white wine. About 3 ounces.
- Top it with fresh squeezed orange juice, about 3 ounces.
- Add in a slice of orange to garnish if you please!