Learn how to make mimosas at home with this simple recipe! These easy 2-ingredient cocktails are guaranteed to be the star of your next brunch.
If I’m hosting a special occasion brunch, you can bet that mimosas will be on the menu. Light, fresh, and festive, they’re perfect for celebrating everything from Mother’s Day to Christmas. With citrus in peak season and New Year’s right around the corner, I thought now would be a great time to share my classic mimosa recipe. Whether you make it for a New Year’s brunch, any holiday gathering, or a lazy weekend morning, I hope you enjoy it. Cheers, friends!
How to Make Mimosas
Making a mimosa couldn’t be simpler, as it only requires 2 basic ingredients: chilled sparkling wine and orange juice. That’s it! For this cocktail, you don’t even need ice. In fact, for the best results, you should avoid using it, as it will dilute and diminish the wine’s carbonation. For a really cold, bubbly cocktail, chill the wine and orange juice the night before you plan to make mimosas.
When you’re ready to serve, pour the wine into a tilted champagne flute, letting it run down the inside of the glass to avoid losing carbonation. Top the wine with the orange juice, taste and adjust, and enjoy!
I like to use a 50/50 ratio of dry sparkling wine to orange juice in my mimosas, but make sure you taste and adjust your drink to your liking. You may prefer as much as 2 parts sparkling wine to 1 part orange juice, or the opposite if you like a less alcoholic cocktail.
Mimosa Recipe Tips
- Break out the champagne flutes. Champagne flutes are designed to preserve carbonation, so using them will make your drinks extra bubbly. If you don’t have them, wine glasses are your next best bet.
- Chill your glasses. As I said above, you don’t want to add ice here, as it’ll make the cocktails become flat faster. If you want your mimosa to be really cold, chill your glasses ahead of time along with the sparkling wine and orange juice.
- Skip the pulp. No one likes a pulpy mimosa! For smooth, bubbly cocktails, choose pulp-free orange juice. If you prefer to squeeze your own, squeeze and strain it in advance. Then, chill it before mixing up your drinks.
- Mix it up. This mimosa recipe is simple and flexible, so feel free to play with it. Try swapping regular orange juice for blood orange juice, or use different fresh fruit juice altogether. Cranberry juice, apple cider, grapefruit juice, or pomegranate juice would all be great choices. You could also add a splash of orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, for a stronger orange flavor. A little goes a long way here – start with a 4:1 ratio of orange juice to liqueur.
More Favorite Brunch Recipes
Any brunch fare goes well with a mimosa! Check out my 60 Best Brunch Recipes for a host of sweet and savory ideas, or try any of these delicious recipes:
- Shakshuka with Harissa
- Cinnamon Rolls
- How to Make a Frittata
- Stovetop oatmeal, porridge, or baked oatmeal
- Classic French Toast
- Banana Pancakes
Classic Mimosa Recipe
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of Champagne, prosecco, or cava, chilled
- 3 cups (750 ml) orange juice
- Pour the sparkling wine into the Champagne flutes, filling each glass about half full. Pour the orange juice on top to fill each glass and serve.
Can you measure the champagne as you measure the Orange juice?
Hi James, one bottle is just over 3 cups.
Your written instructions for a mimosa recipe say to pour champagne in flute and top with orange juice… but the photo shows the champagne being poured over the orange juice. Which is it? Champagne toped with OJ or OJ toped with champagne. Does the order have something to do with the bubbles?
Hi Joan, the order doesn’t matter, it’ll be bubbly either way.
Never had a Mimosa, but always wanted to try one. Would pineapple juice be good to use?
yep, you can use pineapple juice!
a great classic, thank you, and even a great reminder with your suggested blood orange option, I’d forgotten how much I love those
Cranberry blackberry makes a great substitute for orange juice