Any time is a good time for bottomless mimosas, don’t you agree!?
Mimosas are the famously favorite 2 ingredient drink of many breakfast and brunch-goers for their citrusy flavor mixed with sweet champagne.
It’s a wonderful addition to celebrations and special occasions without the heady punch of too much alcohol.
What is a Mimosa?
A classic mimosa recipe is made with champagne (or sparkling wine) and orange juice. Perfect for your next brunch or even Christmas breakfast.
- The jury is still out on who invented the mimosa. Some say the mimosa was created in Paris, but the more popular version is that Alfred Hitchcock made it famous in San Francisco. Either way, mimosas have become a worldwide favorite!
- Served in chilled champagne flutes, mimosas are a combination of champagne and juice, most often orange or some other light fruit blend (I’ve used pineapple juice too).
- They are light, delicate drinks that are often served in the morning with breakfast, brunch, or even on some first-class flights—and always on a cruise!
CHAMPAGNE: No need to get a bottle of pricey bubbles for mimosas. The basics will do to add a little fizz! Brut champagne, sparkling wine, and for an alcohol-free beverage, sparkling cider or even club soda works! Prosecco is a good choice for the cost-conscious and because it’s a little sweeter, less can be used per glass.
ORANGE JUICE: I prefer pulp-free oj in my mimosas but of course if you have only juice with pulp it will work too (or you can strain it)!
If you can, fresh-squeezed (at home or from the store) is great! To squeeze at home, cut oranges in half and use a citrus reamer to make individual portions. For a pitcher of mimosas, it may be easier to use an electric juicer!
- Swap out orange for cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, or even grapefruit juice.
- Garnish with fresh fruit like cranberries, frozen strawberries, or even frozen grapes to keep it chilled.
- Spike it with a bit of orange liqueur like triple sec, Cointreau, or grand marnier.
- Add a splash of grenadine to the bottom of the glass to make a pretty presentation (like a Tequila Sunrise).
How to Make Mimosas
This simple recipe is so easy to make! We think the perfect ratio is 1:1; one part juice to one part sparkling wine.
- Start with chilled champagne flutes or small, clear plastic cups if serving a crowd or a no-host bar.
- For each drink, pour 2 ounces of champagne/sparkling wine to 2 ounces of orange juice, more or less, to taste.
- Garnish the rim of each glass with a sprig of mint or a thin slice of orange, lemon, or lime, or drop in a few frozen cherries to keep the beverage cold while sipping (ice cubes will dilute the drink).
To make a pitcher of mimosas, use a ratio of 3 cups of preferred juice to 1 (750ml) bottle of champagne or sparkling wine.
More Easy Brunch Cocktails
- Raspberry Mimosa – or mocktails
- Easy White Sangria – deliciously refreshing!
- Mango Margaritas – tart, sweet, & easy to customize
- Fresh Watermelon Mojitos – sweet and juicy with a little bit of tang!
- Sunny Orange Margarita– tart and refreshing!
Did you make these Easy Mimosas? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
Easy Mimosa Recipe
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 2 ounces champagne or sparkling wine
- Combine juice and champagne in a chilled champagne flute.
- Garnish as desired and serve.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)