How to make a mimosa: easy steps to create the classic brunch cocktail

Whether it's a special occasion or Sunday brunch, you'll want this essential Mimosa recipe on the menu. Learn how to mix up the classic brunch cocktail.

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A mimosa is one of the most classic brunch or Christmas morning cocktails out there. No brunch is complete without this light and fizzy beverage serving up some fun. A mimosa turns breakfast into brunch, and brunch into a celebratory occasion.  In fact, we'll be sipping on this Mimosa recipe come Christmas morning as we unwrap gifts and as a way to kick off the New Year on Jan. 1st. 

Whether you're clinking glasses to a casual bottomless Sunday brunch or celebrating a special occasion like a birthday, bridal shower, or holiday, Mimosas are well-received by all. And they're easy to put together within minutes. 

Mimosas are a simple blend of two very essential ingredients and don't require a complicated array of materials: just your favorite bottle of bubbly and fresh orange juice. 

First, select a bottle of chilled, dry sparkling wine of your choice, we suggest a  Prosecco, Cava, or a Brut, with bottles typically running in the $10-$15 range. For orange juice, the fresher the better, though store-bought varieties are perfectly acceptable, and pulp-free, which creates a smoother drinking experience.

Mimosas are easy to pre-batch into a carafe when serving a crowd, or mix them directly into a champagne flute. For the latter, simply pour sparkling wine into a champagne flute and top off with orange juice. No need to stir, as this disrupts the bubbles. A good rule of thumb is a 50/50 ratio of champagne and juice, though if prefer a stronger mimosa, pour 2 parts sparkling wine to 1 part orange juice.

Garnish with an orange slice, if desired, serve, and toast to the moment. 

Mimosa variations

You can get really creative with your mimosas from the recipe to the presentation. For an unexpected touch, drop in fresh cranberries or sliced strawberries or consider garnishing with cherries or grenadine. Want to make your mimosa even stronger? A splash of liqueur like Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Chambord can round out the recipe. 

Mimosas are typically served in champagne flutes, but they can also be served in white wine glasses or stemless glasses. Consider adding a sugar rim if you want to be particularly fancy. 

And finally, while a mimosa at its core is a combination of OJ and sparkling wine, you can discover your own favorite sparkling wine cocktails by swapping out orange juice  with any of the following: 

  • Peach purée, aka a Bellini
  • Cranberry juice, aka Poinsettia (perfect for the holidays!)
  • Grapefruit juice with raspberries, aka Megmosa
  • Pineapple juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Apple cider

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