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Mimosa Recipe

by on December 29, 2012 · 22 comments

What’s better to serve at brunch than a fabulous mimosa recipe made with dry sparking wine and orange juice? It’s simple, fun and perfect to serve company. Below, we share our recipe and video with tips for how to make the absolute best mimosa at home.

Mimosa Recipe

The Best Wine for Making Our Mimosa Recipe

Use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. We usually will spend $12 to $15 on the sparkling wine we add to our mimosas. Your best bet is to look for “Cava,” which comes from Spain or an American sparkling wine that’s around $15. A dry Prosecco is a great option, too. Unless you’ve found something you absolutely love, don’t go lower than $10 as that could lead to headache central.

The Orange Juice

If you can swing it, use freshly squeezed orange juice. We know it seems a little over the top, but when you consider half of the drink is made from juice, you want the best. Freshly squeezed OJ is a little lighter, a bit tart and more delicate than anything you can find in the store.

With that said, when we’re in a pinch, we’ll use the “Simply” brand of orange juice.

The Ratio

A classic mimosa recipe calls for equal parts sparkling wine to orange juice. While we think this ratio tastes the best, if we’re serving a crowd for brunch, we do hold back the wine a little. There is also the option to add a splash of orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or triple sec. We’ll skip this and keep things a little lighter, but feel free to experiment yourself.

When you’re making a mimosa, always add the sparkling wine first, then top with orange juice. This way, the cocktail mixes together on its own and won’t make a sticky mess at the top of the glass. You don’t need to stir as this will cause the wine to become flat.

Keep The Wine and the Orange Juice Chilled

The absolute worst thing you can do to a mimosa is serve it warm. Keep the wine and orange juice (or oranges if you are planning to juice them yourself) in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Once you’ve poured everyone a drink, place everything back into the refrigerator until you’re ready for a second round.

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What's better to serve at brunch than a fabulous mimosa cocktail made with dry sparking wine and orange juice? It's simple, fun and perfect to serve company. Use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. We usually will spend $12 to $15 on the sparkling wine we add to our mimosas. Your best bet is to look for "Cava," which comes from Spain or an American sparkling wine that's around $15. A dry Prosecco is a great option, too. Unless you've found something you absolutely love, don't go lower than $10 as that could lead to headache central.
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Yield: 8
You Will Need
FOR 8 Mimosa Cocktails
  • 1 750 ml bottle chilled dry sparkling wine
  • 3 cups (750 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional)
FOR 1 Mimosa Cocktail
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) chilled dry sparkling wine
  • 1/3 cup (79 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional)
Directions
  1. Fill 8 champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine. Top with orange juice. If you are using, top mimosa with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier or triple sec.
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Joanne

I'm Joanne Gallagher and alongside my husband, Adam, I develop, test and share favorite recipes from our kitchen. I'm completely in love with food and you'll most likely find me covered in flour, chocolate or both.

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22 Comments

1 Yolanda January 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Who doesn’t love a properly made Mimosa? Never thought to use a liqueur, I think I’ll try that!

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2 Bart May 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Technically Buck’s Fizz without the liquer

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3 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 12, 2013 at 12:26 am

I love mimosas. You can drink all you want in the middle of the day and you don’t know you’re smashed until an hour later. :)

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4 Simply Tia January 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

WOW!! These look mimosas soooo good!!! And your photos are just absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing all the great tips. I must try my hand at homemade mimosas soon.

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5 Joanne February 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

thank you!

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6 Phil August 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

A mimosas without triple Sec is a “Buzz Fizz.”
You absolutely need the triple sec.

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7 Katie September 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Add a splash of chambord for a raspberry flavor and some color! Yum!

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8 Joanne September 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

Great idea!

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9 heidi werber November 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Mimosa was fantastic! Thanks for the “Cava” recommendation!

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10 DOLORES Snyder December 13, 2013 at 11:34 am

I used pink champagne ; a nice change. Try it!:-)

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11 Joanne December 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Great idea!

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12 Meg December 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I got cava for these and it was $15/bottle so I figured it would be a pretty good one but it was disgustingly dry. I am so disappointed that we just had to dump it out:( don’t do cava! It wouldn’t let me do stars which is fine because it would be 0 stars

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13 Joanne December 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

HI Meg, Not all sparkling wines will be the same. Next time, try asking the folks at your liquor store for advice. It sounds like you would prefer a sweeter wine.

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14 Debbie January 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I use Zonin Prosecco and it is absolutely delicious. I do not like dry wine either.

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15 ADVChic March 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

Always pour the orange juice first. The champagne is thicker and will mix down into the orange juice naturally.

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