How to make Mimosas – the champagne cocktail you make for brunch with friends and celebratory occasions like Mother’s Day and Christmas! The simplest of all cocktails in the world, made with 2 parts champagne or sparkling wine, and 1 part orange juice.
If you’re on a budget, this is by far the easiest and best way to dress up an inexpensive champagne and turn it into a cocktail delight!
How to make Mimosas
- 2 parts champagne
- 1 part orange juice
- Pour straight into champagne glass, garnish with strawberry
I wish I had more recipes on my site as easy as Mimosas!! I mean, how much simpler does a recipe get?? 😂
OK, for a recipe this simple, I do have “some” info to share with you to help your Mimosa making life! So read on for some tips on the best champagne for Mimosas – or sparkling wine or prosseco!
The better than champagne, the better the Mimosa. But that doesn’t mean you should use an expensive bottle of real champagne for your Mimosas!
Best champagne for Mimosas
The best champagne for Mimosas is real French champagne which is expensive. But a brut sparkling wine, Cava and dry prossecos are excellent alternatives.
I make Mimosas with sparkling wine because if I splurge on real Champagne I want to drink it straight! You’ll find that most bars and restaurants also use sparkling wine. Mimosas made with real Champagne are served at high end venues and are upwards of $25 a glass!
What is real French Champagne?
French Champagne is pricey because sparkling wines can only be called “champagne” if they are grown and produced in the Champagne region of France. This, combined with the lengthy production process, makes champagne rather expensive, starting at around $40 per bottle in Australia.
Famous brands include Moet and Chandon, Tattinger, Pipers, Veuve, Dom Perignon.
What does “Brut” mean?
“Brut” sparkling wines and champagnes means the champagne is dry rather than sweet, which is better for Mimosas.
What is Sparkling Wine?
Sparkling wine is a general term used for “champagne” that’s not made in Champagne! It’s just wine with bubbles added.
It’s totally acceptable – and deliciously drinkable – to make Mimosas with economical sparkling wine. But fresh orange juice is a must!
When to serve Mimosas
Mimosas make an appearance at most of our celebratory morning, brunch and lunch affairs. There’s no better way to elevate a brunch with family and friends than to start off with a round of Mimosas! It’s refreshing and suitably brunch-worthy with the addition of orange juice. It just lifts the mood and because it’s diluted so it’s not potent!
Christmas morning, birthdays, Mother’s Day, and generally just brunch with friends. It’s on point – and everybody loves them.
Plus, it’s an economical cocktail option because you can totally get away with using budget champagne – it was my party drink of choice all through uni!! – Nagi x
Watch how to make it
How to make Mimosas
Recipe video above. Excellent mood lifter for any celebatory occassion! Think: brunch with friends, Mother’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, Easter! While you can totally get away with using an economical sparkling wine or champagne, I really encourage you to use fresh orange juice. And a strawberry for garnish!
- 1/3 glass orange juice (, fresh, chilled)
- 2/3 glass champagne, sparkling wine (brut), Cava or prosseco (, chilled (Note 1))
- Strawberry (, for garnish)
Fill champagne flute 1/3 of the way with orange juice.
Top with champagne, garnish with strawberry. Cheers!
1. The best champagne for Mimosas is real French champagne which is expensive. But brut sparkling wine, Cava and dry prossecos are excellent alternatives that most restaurants and bars use.
Look for “brut” sparkling wine or champagne – “brut” means dry and that’s what you want for Mimosas (rather than sweet).
I use sparkling wine that’s around $12 – $15 per bottle. If I splurge of French Champagne ($50 up!), I drink it straight!
2. Nutrition per glass.
Life of Dozer
No champers for Dozer. But plenty of strawberries!! (Full of good-for-you anti oxidants!)