How to Make The Best Mimosa

My best tips for making mimosas! What’s better to serve at brunch than a fabulous mimosa recipe made with dry sparkling wine and orange juice? Jump to the Mimosa Recipe or watch our quick video showing you how we make them.

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How to Make The BEST Mimosa At Home

Mimosas are a delicious combination of sparking wine and orange juice. They are simple, fun and perfect to serve company.

Mimosa Ingredients

Since there are only a few ingredients required to make mimosa cocktails, I like to make sure they are high in quality. To make mimosas, you will need:

  • Sparkling wine
  • Orange Juice
  • Optional extras like vodka, Grand Marnier, Chambord, and even whiskey

How to Choose Sparkling Wine For Mimosas

I like to use a dry sparkling wine, not sweet. Use wine that you like the taste of. You don’t need to break the bank, though. We 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.

How to Make the Best Mimosa Recipe

For The Best Mimosa, Use Fresh Squeezed 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 orange juice tastes more fresh, 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 Perfect Ratio For Mimosas

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. You can obviously increase the wine, too. Just remember these will pack more of a punch.

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.

Making Mimosas For A Crowd

Since sharing how we make mimosas, many of our readers have asked how to make mimosas for a crowd. You can make mimosas in a pitcher. Premix mimosas in a pitcher just before your guests arrive. Don’t do this too far in advance, because you will lose some carbonation.

Whether you premix or make the mimosas one by one, make sure the wine and orange juice are well chilled. Keep the wine, orange juice, and if you added them to a pitcher, the pitcher in the refrigerator until your guests arrive.

Mimosa Variations

The combination of orange juice and sparking wine is amazing, but did you know that there are lots of variations for mimosas? Here are a few of my favorites:

  • 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).
How to Make the Best Mimosas

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Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

How to Make The Best Mimosa

  • PREP

Mimosas are perfect for brunch, birthdays, holidays, and weddings. For the best mimosa, 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.

Make 8 Servings

You Will Need

1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine

3 cups (750 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)

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


    Fill 8 champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine. Top with orange juice. If you are using it, add 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier to each glass.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • To make 1 mimosa cocktail: In a champagne flute, combine 1/3 cup chilled sparkling wine, 1/3 cup chilled orange juice and 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or triple sec.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

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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68 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Cynthia Goodman April 16, 2015, 11:48 am

    Would this work well in a punch bowl for a crowd? Or would that flatten the wine? Would it be wiser to serve in pitchers?

    • Joanne April 21, 2015, 1:03 pm

      That would make the mimosa flat — I would serve the OJ in pitchers and then have the sparkling wine left in the bottles with the cork removed.

  • Sheri April 7, 2015, 2:09 pm

    I need a recipe to make a memosa for 30 people for a wedding shower. Don’t like dry wines either what is a good suggestion.

    • Joanne April 9, 2015, 5:19 pm

      Look for Cava from Spain or a dry Prosecco, both work really well when it comes to mimosas.

  • christine April 5, 2015, 2:27 pm

    Can you use cuointreau instead of triple sec?

    • Joanne April 9, 2015, 5:15 pm

      Yes, that would be lovely.

  • Myrna March 5, 2015, 11:12 am

    I have not try it , yet.But looks delicious!

  • Myrna March 5, 2015, 11:10 am

    Can I serve Mimosa in the evening?

    • Joanne March 6, 2015, 10:16 am

      Of course! Whenever you like 🙂

  • ADVChic March 23, 2014, 10:59 am

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

  • Debbie January 4, 2014, 5:17 pm

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

  • Meg December 25, 2013, 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

    • Joanne December 30, 2013, 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.

  • DOLORES Snyder December 13, 2013, 11:34 am

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

  • heidi werber November 23, 2013, 6:54 pm

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

  • Katie September 24, 2013, 4:38 pm

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

    • Joanne September 25, 2013, 10:49 am

      Great idea!

  • Phil August 13, 2013, 8:54 am

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

    • Matt August 31, 2014, 7:21 pm

      According to the Wikipedia pages on both drinks, this isn’t actually the case. A Buck’s* Fizz is actually just 2 parts orange juice and one part sparkling wine. All the mimosa did was up the ratio to 1:1.

  • Simply Tia January 28, 2013, 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.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 12, 2013, 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. 🙂

  • Yolanda January 6, 2013, 12:38 pm

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

    • Bart May 3, 2014, 5:23 pm

      Technically Buck’s Fizz without the liquer


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