Fun for everyone, a mimosa mocktail is the perfect fruity drink for Sunday brunch or an afternoon on the back deck. 

Two orange juice cocktails in champagne flutes.

This faux mimosa mocktail is perfect for fruity drink lovers of all ages. Made with tangy orange juice and a crisp sparkling cider, this is one drink you’ll sip on all day long. 

Swapping the champagne or prosecco for sparkling cider ensures you’ll have all the mimosa taste in a virgin mimosa drink that’s ready for any and all occasions.

About this recipe

Breakfast mocktails are a super fun way to enjoy a special drink while relaxing at home. You can keep it classic with orange juice and sparkling apple cider, or mix it up with tangerine or strawberry juice. 

You could also use sparkling water instead of sparking cider for a lighter sip. La Croix mocktails have been all the rage, and for good reason, since La Croix delivers subtly flavored sparkling water without the sugar and calories of champagne, juice, or soda. There are many great flavor combinations, but it’s hard to beat orange juice and mango La Croix or a blood orange sparkling water. Hit that drink with a fruity garnish for a drink that looks as good as it tastes.

An obvious benefit to mocktails is that by skipping the alcohol, you’ll be sure to serve a drink that everyone can enjoy. It’s perfect for kids, for people who would like a delicious non-alcoholic drink, and it’s a great faux cocktail to try the next time you host a few friends. Hosting can be busy, so sipping on a delicious mocktail can help your next party run smoothly for all.

If you’re wanting a mimosa style drink and are looking for something with alcohol, check out our traditional mimosa, apple cider mimosa, or a fun beermosa.

Top-down view of a mimosa style cocktail.

What you need

  • Orange Juice – You can squeeze it fresh at home, or pick it up at the store. Always delicious.
  • Sparkling Cider – Try apple-mango!
  • Garnish – Of course garnishes are always optional, but they make things fun and festive. For this drink, use orange slices or strawberries, they will look perfect on your mocktail.

How to make it

Pour orange juice into a glass.

Orange juice being poured into a champagne flute.

Top with sparkling cider or sparkling water.

Sparkling cider being poured into a champagne flute.

Garnish with orange and serve.

Hand holding a mimosa mocktail garnished with orange slice.

FAQs

Why is it called a mimosa?

The mimosa is named after a yellow-orange shrub (wikipedia). The color of the drink mimics the color of the plant!

Does a mocktail contain alcohol?

There is no alcohol in a mocktail.

How to make these fun drinks your own

  • Different flavored sparkling ciders can be used depending on personal preference, so don’t be afraid to use your favorite sparkling cider or sparkling water to make a mimosa mocktail. Sparkling ciders have a little more flavor and sweetness than sparkling waters, so if you’re looking for flavor, stick to the cider. 
  • Flavored simple syrups can be added for additional flavors. Try strawberry or mango!
  • You can mash fresh fruit to add to the drink to create layered colors and flavors.
  • If you’re serving a crowd, set up a mimosa station. You can include several juices, ciders, and garnishes to choose from. You can include alcoholic options too, if you prefer.

Make Ahead Tips

Mimosas and mimosa mocktails are best enjoyed freshly made to avoid the loss of carbonation. You can pre-cut garnishes and have juices ready to go!

More breakfast beverages

Two orange cocktails in champagne flutes.

Get the Recipe: Mimosa Mocktail

Fun for everyone, a mimosa mocktail is the perfect fruity drink for Sunday brunch or an afternoon on the back deck. 
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup sparkling apple-mango cider
  • Orange slice for garnish

Instructions

  • Pour orange juice into a glass.
  • Top with sparkling cider.
  • Garnish with orange and serve.

Notes

  • Different flavored sparkling ciders can be used depending on personal preference.
  • Flavored simple syrups can be added for additional flavors.
  • Try sparkling water instead of sparkling cider for a lighter drink.
Calories: 115kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 13mg, Potassium: 280mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 124IU, Vitamin C: 31mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg