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How to Make the Best Mimosa: 11 Mimosa Variations

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Last updated: Mar 19, 2020 • 2 min read

The mimosa is a refreshing, fizzy cocktail made of equal parts champagne (or other sparkling wine) and orange juice served in a champagne flute and garnished with an orange twist.

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3 Tips for Making the Best Mimosa

  1. Pour the sparkling wine first. Mimosas are all about the fizz (also called carbonation), so you want to make sure you lose as few precious bubbles as possible while you’re making them. If you pour the wine first—especially if you do it slowly and at an angle—you’ll avoid overflowing the glass and losing half of the fizz to the floor.
  2. Use fresh-squeezed orange juice. Fresh orange juice has the most flavor and will give you the best-tasting drink. If fresh isn’t possible, make sure to at least buy orange juice that is 100% orange juice, rather than from concentrate. One quick note: the bubbles of the wine will cause pulp to rise to the top of your drink—if you’d prefer a smooth drink, opt for pulp-free orange juice.
  3. Don’t stir. Since mimosas are meant to be bubbly, you want to avoid agitating them too much before you drink them—any agitation will cause bubbles to pop. Pouring the orange juice into the wine will mix the drinks plenty, so don’t do any extra stirring afterward.

11 Mimosa Variations

There are plenty of variations on the mimosa cocktail recipe:

  1. Poinsettia: Substitutes cranberry juice for the orange juice
  2. Lemosa: Substitutes lemonade for the orange juice
  3. Soleil (or pineapple mimosa): Substitutes pineapple juice for the orange juice
  4. Megmosa: Substitutes grapefruit juice for the orange juice
  5. Vermosa (also called a crisp or an apple cider mimosa): Substitutes apple cider for the orange juice
  6. Buck’s fizz: Rather than an equal-parts mixture, uses twice as much champagne as orange juice
  7. Pomegranate mimosa: Substitutes pomegranate juice for the orange juice
  8. Watermelon mimosa: Substitutes watermelon juice for the orange juice
  9. Sunrise mimosa: Includes grenadine syrup for a red-to-orange gradient effect similar to a tequila sunrise
  10. Grand mimosa: For more kick, substitutes orange liqueur for the orange juice
  11. Mimosa sangria: Includes fresh fruit (like strawberries, raspberries, or pineapple) for even more flavor
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Classic Mimosa Recipe

Classic Mimosa Recipe

Makes
1 cocktail
Prep Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dry sparkling wine (like Cava, prosecco, or Champagne)
  • 2 ounces orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • Optional: Orange slice, for garnish
  1. Pour the sparkling wine into a champagne flute and allow it to settle.
  2. Pour the orange juice into the sparkling wine. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired. Serve cold.

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