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How to Make Mimosas (Tips + Variations)

Learn how to make Mimosas, an ideal brunch cocktail option that’s infinitely customizable! This recipe shows the perfect wine to juice ratio for mimosas and details some top tips and fun variations. A classic cocktail recipe with virgin options included!

two flutes of orange mimosa cocktail on a wooden board

Where does the name mimosa come from and what does it mean?

Mimosa” is actually a yellow flowered plant also known as acacia dealbata. The exact origins of this cocktail are debated, but typically it contains a certain ratio of sparkling wine and orange juice.

Mimosa Ratio and Making Mimosas at Home

Making mimosas at home could not be more simple! In fact, my favorite recipe is so basic that I really encourage variations. To make your own mimosa, use the ratio of 1 part sparkling wine with 2 parts orange juice. So, one glass would be 2 oz. sparkling wine and 4 oz. orange juice.

What is the best alcohol to use for mimosas?

For the best mimosa mixer, choose a “brut” or “extra brut” Champagne. A dry Prosecco or Cava sparkling wine will also work. Try to avoid anything with extra sweetness, as your orange juice will be bringing most of the sugar.

close up of bubbles in a champagne flute with a sprig of rosemary

What are some creative versions of mimosas?

Since this cocktail is just made with two classic ingredients, the world is your oyster for adding other flavors. In today’s recipe I include preparations for:

  • Ginger Orange Mimosas: Using powdered or fresh ginger
  • Pomegranate Grapefruit Mimosas: Substituting grapefruit juice and adding pomegranate seeds
  • Creamsicle Mimosas: Adding coconut cream and maple syrup for additional sweetness
  • Rosé Mimosas: Substituting sparkling rosé for Champagne and swapping OJ for cranberry or pineapple
  • Kombucha Mimosas: Swapping sparkling wine for kombucha
  • Virgin Mimosas: Swapping sparkling cider or tonic water for wine

This list is not exhaustive of course! I encourage you to think about seasonal flavors that pair well with orange. For example since it is winter as I write this post, I added a rosemary sprig to these photos. In the summer I think basil would be a fun swap.

hand squeezing orange juice into champagne flute of mimosa

Other tips for making the best mimosas

  1. Do not prepare mimosas in advance. They are best enjoyed when the sparkling wine is freshly opened as the bubbles will fade after some time.
  2. If you are able to, use freshly squeezed orange juice. Especially when citrus is in season, this makes a big difference in flavor.
  3. Be sure to chill your juice and wine before preparing; no one likes room temperature OJ.

I hope you love this easy mimosa recipe! Please let me know in the comments or on Instagram if you try it (including what variation you use).

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two flutes of orange mimosa cocktail on a wooden board

How to Make Mimosas (Tips + Variations)


  • Author: Emily
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 mimosa 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Learn how to make Mimosas, an ideal brunch cocktail option that’s infinitely customizable! This recipe shows the perfect wine to juice ratio for mimosas and details some top tips and fun variations. A classic cocktail recipe with virgin options included!


Ingredients

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  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz sparkling wine like Cava, Prosecco, or Champagne
  • For Ginger Orange Mimosas: Add 1/2 tsp powdered ginger or 1/2 TBS freshly grated ginger
  • For Pomegranate Grapefruit Mimosas: Sub 4 oz grapefruit juice and add 1 TBS pomegranate seeds
  • For Creamsicle Mimosas: Add 1 TBS coconut cream and 1 TBS maple syrup
  • For Rosé Mimosas: Substitute sparkling rosé for Champagne and swap orange juice for cranberry or pineapple
  • For Kombucha Mimosas: Swap sparkling wine for kombucha flavor of choice
  • For Virgin Mimosas: Swap sparkling cider or tonic water for sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. Pour orange juice into champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine and serve immediately.
  2. Proceed with another listed variation if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirring
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 104 calories
  • Sugar: 11 grams
  • Sodium: 4.2 milligrams
  • Fat: 0.2 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: .2 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 14.4 grams
  • Fiber: 0.2 grams
  • Protein: 0.9 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Keywords: orange juice, mimosa, cocktail, brunch, drink

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Learn how to make Mimosas, an ideal brunch cocktail option that's infinitely customizable! This recipe shows the perfect wine to juice ratio for mimosas and details some top tips and fun variations. A classic cocktail recipe with virgin options included!

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Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. My recipes focus on entertaining-style cuisine, perfect for celebrating all of life's little moments! Meet me here.

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