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!
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.
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, simply combine 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.
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.
Other tips for making the best mimosas
- 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.
- If you are able to, use freshly squeezed orange juice. Especially when citrus is in season, this makes a big difference in flavor.
- 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).