Mimosa Cocktail

Christine Albury

Learn how to create the perfect Mimosa Cocktail, a light, fruity and refreshing drink to share with a friend on a hot summer's day

Equally fitting for a boozy brunch or served at a classy cocktail party, the mimosa is a timeless treat that combines orange juice and some type of sparkling wine, typically Champagne

Mimosa Cocktail Photo

Mimosa is traditionally made with a Brut Champagne, which is a dry wine. But you'll be glad to know that there are alternatives which are typically much cheaper, yet taste just as nice!

A Cava, for example, or a dry Prosecco will work equally as well, without breaking the bank!

Be sure to avoid sweet wines, because once they are paired with the sweet orange juice, the flavor can become a bit too sickly for some people. The dry wine and sweet orange juice provide a perfectly balanced cocktail that is slightly fizzy and simply delicious! 

Mimosa Cocktail Picture

Which type of orange juice should I use to make a mimosa cocktail?

When choosing orange juice for your mimosa, always opt for juice that is pulp free and is not from concentrate.

If you pick up pulpy orange juice, you can still use it, but it can leave quite a mess at the bottom of your glass! That's why we recommend a lovely, smooth orange juice instead.

Mimosa Cocktail Image

You can always squeeze your own oranges to create juice, but make sure that you strain your juice before serving.

Always remember, whether using store bought or homemade orange juice, that you should always chill it before crafting your cocktail!

If you prefer, you can substitute the orange juice for other kinds of juices such as grapefruit or pomegranate juice, although it would no longer - strictly speaking - be a mimosa.

How you mix your mimosa will be down to preference. Some people prefer their mimosas to pack quite a punch, in which case they'll add more sparkling wine, and less juice. Some people, however,  prefer them to be more 'juicy' and not so strong.

Mimosa Cocktail Pic

When making a mimosa cocktail for the first time, the best approach is to mix equal parts of orange juice and sparkling wine, then you can adjust your next one as necessary. 

Which glass should I use to serve a mimosa cocktail?

The best glasses to serve your mimosas in are Champagne flutes.This is because they are tall and thin which ensures that the bubbles from the sparkling wine are not lost.

You can use wine glasses if you do not have flutes, but the mimosa will not stay fizzy for as long. To keep your mimosa as bubbly as possible, always tilt your glass as you pour in the sparkling wine, which helps with retaining its carbonation. 

Now, it’s finally time to mix your mimosa! This recipe produces a pitcher - plenty to share with a friend on a hot summer's afternoon!

Like this recipe? Why not try a Hurricane Cocktail too!


Mimosa Cocktail

  6 Servings


  • 1 bottle Brut Champagne, or sparkling white wine
  • 10 cups Fresh Orange Juice, strained


  1. In a large pitcher (preferably lidded), pour in the sparkling wine, with the pitcher tilted. 
  2. Add your orange juice, but do not stir! Stirring will actually release more bubbles, reducing the fizziness. 
  3. This step is entirely optional, but garnish your Champagne flute with an orange wedge or ribbon.
  4. Serve into Champagne flutes, again remembering to keep your glass titled.
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Author: Christine Albury
Source: Food Network
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 290

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 10mg
Total Carbohydrate 45g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 34g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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