What is a mimosa? It's a classic sparkling cocktail that's best served with brunch.
Here’s my answer—a mimosa is the best cocktail to accompany your favorite brunch recipes, or to sip the morning of a wedding, or to relax with on the beach. It’s simple, sparkling and delicious!
What Is a Mimosa?
It’s essentially a mixture of orange juice and sparkling wine—champagne if you’re feeling fancy.
The mimosa is typically served in a champagne flute. (Here’s how to get a sparkling clean glass every time.) First, you pour in the sparkling wine, then top with an equal amount of orange juice. If you have fresh oranges or strawberries on hand, they make an excellent garnish for the rim of the glass.
While this is the mimosa you’ll typically drink at home or at family get-togethers, professional bartenders sometimes add triple sec to kick up the flavor and the alcohol content. Just a splash of the orange-flavored liqueur is enough!
To make a mimosa in any batch size, use these proportions:
1 part champagne or sparkling wine
1 part orange juice
¼ part triple sec (I love Gran Marnier for its sweetness)
Gently pour the bubbly into your glass or pitcher. The more precisely you pour, the more carbonation will stay in your drink. Add the orange juice—no need to stir! Finally, top with the triple sec. If you have fresh fruit on hand, use it as a garnish.
You’re all ready to sip the cocktail that brunch dreams are made of. Cheers!
I came up with this recipe because I'm not a fan of regular iced tea. This tea has the perfect combination of freshness and sweetness. The orange blossom water gives it a distinctive flavor. People often request the recipe after just one sip. —Juliana Gauss, Centennial, Colorado
This juice is a favorite at our place. I'll often double the batch and send a jar next door to my mother-in-law! I was looking for a way to sweeten lemonade without using more sugar when I came up with the recipe. —Wendy Masters, Grand Valley, Ontario
Both sides of my family are from the Midwest, so our strong brandy tradition is evident in the slush we make for special occasions and in the Wisconsin old-fashioned cocktails we enjoy year-round. This recipe is a combination of both favorites. Needless to say, it goes very quickly at gatherings! —Stephanie Vaughan, Madison, Wisconsin
We make this punch every year, and people love it! I usually triple this recipe for a bigger crowd and garnish the punch with an orange-tangerine ice ring made several days ahead of time. —Kathy McKay, Acworth, Georgia
If you're looking for a mixed drink that is easy on your budget, look no further. With just two simple ingredients, vodka and orange juice, you'll have a classic drink that's a real crowd-pleaser.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Here's a tasty twist on the classic mimosa. To make refreshing strawberry mimosas friendly for kids or mamas-to-be, substitute lemon-lime soda or ginger ale for the champagne. —Kelly Maxwell, Plainfield, Illinois
Even when it's cold outside, we like to serve this icy citrus drink for gatherings at our house. It is fantastic for parties and large gatherings, and it keeps well in the freezer. —Joan Shoebottom, Lexington, Michigan
When we celebrated my mother's 75th birthday, we wanted a punch everyone could enjoy. This delightful combination of lemonades, juice and soda was perfect and so easy to make. All our guests loved this yellow punch recipe. —Barbara Koehnke, Fremont, Wisconsin