Best Classic Mimosa

Mimosas are one of the simplest, most refreshing brunch cocktails you can make at home. This is my favorite mimosa recipe with lots of tips to help you make them best.

Mimosa Recipe Video

Mimosas are such a classic brunch cocktail! They are ridiculously easy to make, and I have shared a few tips below, including making them for a party, the best wine to buy, and my favorite orange juice to use.

The best mimosa ratio is equal parts sparkling wine and orange juice. Use this ratio when making one mimosa cocktail or when serving a crowd. One bottle of sparkling wine will make eight mimosas.

Key Ingredients

  • Sparkling wine: I use chilled, dry sparkling wine for mimosas. Choose wine you genuinely enjoy. You don’t need to break the bank (I spend $20 to $35 for sparkling wine we use to make mimosas). Use Champagne, Cava (from Spain), an American sparkling wine, or dry Prosecco (from Italy). We used brut Champagne in our video. Cava and Prosecco are usually the least expensive.
  • Orange juice: I love fresh-squeezed orange juice for cocktails like mimosas. It tastes fresher, lighter, tarter, and more delicate than anything in the store. That said, when we’re in a pinch, we’ll use the “Simply” brand of orange juice.
  • Optional: Add a splash of liqueur and make Grand Mimosas with Grand Marnier, or add a raspberry flavor with Chambord.

How to Make a Mimosa

When making a mimosa, always add the sparkling wine first, then top with orange juice. This way, the cocktail mixes as you pour and won’t make a sticky mess at the top of the glass. You can watch me do this in our video. I slightly tilt the glass as I pour the sparkling wine and slowly add the orange juice to prevent the mimosa from overflowing.

If you plan to add an optional liqueur (like Grand Marnier), add this to the glass first, then add the sparkling wine and top with orange juice.

Mimosas made with sparkling wine and orange juice in a flute glass.

How to Make Mimosas for Brunch

Mimosas are the perfect crowd-friendly brunch cocktail. Before your guests arrive, place your sparkling wine and orange juice in the fridge to chill. Then, make the mimosas individually if your guests want one, or just before serving, slowly pour a bottle of sparkling wine into a pitcher and top with 3 cups of chilled orange juice.

With our 1:1 mimosa ratio, one bottle of wine makes 8 mimosas. Just remember that if you use the pitcher method, wait to do this until the last minute because you will lose some carbonation.

Mimosa Cocktail Variations

  • Add a splash of cranberry, pineapple, or pomegranate juice.
  • Replace some of the orange juice with blood orange or grapefruit juice.
  • Add a tablespoon of peach or strawberry puree to the bottom of each champagne flute.
  • Add chopped fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, and orange slices.
  • Add a tablespoon of liqueur like Grand Marnier or Chambord (for a French-inspired mimosa).

Mimosa mocktail: To make a non-alcoholic, virgin mimosa, substitute the sparkling wine with sparkling soda or flavored water. Non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice is also popular. For another zero proof cocktail, see our sparkling grapefruit mocktails.

Classic Mimosas

Best Classic Mimosa

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This is my favorite mimosa recipe. The ratio is simple: equal parts sparkling wine and orange juice. Mimosas are perfect for brunch, birthdays, holidays, and weddings.

For the best mimosa, use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. Look for “dry” or “brut” on the bottle. This recipe will work with Champagne, Spanish Cava, Prosecco, and an American sparkling wine. Use something you enjoy.

Make 8 Servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

1 (750ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine

3 cups (750ml) chilled orange juice, we recommend freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup (120ml) Grand Marnier, optional for Grand Mimosas

Directions

    1Fill eight champagne flutes half full with chilled sparkling wine. Top with orange juice.

    2For Grand Mimosas, add one tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each glass before adding the wine and orange juice.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • To make 1 mimosa cocktail: In a champagne flute, combine 1/3 cup chilled sparkling wine and 1/3 cup chilled orange juice. (optional: add 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or triple sec).
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice: You will need 6 to 8 large juicy oranges for 3 cups.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Calories 156 / Protein 1 g / Carbohydrate 15 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 9 g / Total Fat 0 g / Saturated Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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78 comments… Leave a Review
  • Bonnie G Gomez February 9, 2024, 9:01 pm

    Great page

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    • Joanne February 16, 2024, 11:18 pm

      Thanks for visiting.

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  • Bob November 6, 2023, 10:01 pm

    I was staying with friends in Sicily and they made Italian version of mimosas with fresh blood oranges and an excellent sparkling Italian wine…darn it was good especially on a warm evening

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